Divers and snorkelers visiting the Florida Keys can become deep sea “egg-splorers” during the 13th annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt set for Sunday, March 31, in the warm, clear waters off Key Largo.
Participants in the underwater game of hide-and-seek are awarded prizes, including a particularly valuable goodie basket for the fortunate finder of a “golden egg,” and benefit the community during the popular event.
The annual undersea hunt is a fundraiser for Kids In Special Situations, providing gifts and holiday cheer throughout the year to the area’s needy children.
Famous for his up-close “creature feature” dives with his undersea friends, Captain Spencer Slate of Atlantis Dive Center dons a giant bunny suit and dive gear and hides brightly colored Easter eggs for bounty hunters to find. Real eggs and nontoxic colorings are used to avoid any negative environmental impact.
Atlantis boats head out to a secret location adjacent to shallow reefs in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, where the philanthropic revelers plunge into the water to seek the hard-boiled hoard.
The morning charter is a two-tank trip. Fees are to be specially priced at $85 per certified diver including tanks and weights, $30 per adult snorkeler and $20 per child, including gear.
Divers and snorkelers are to check in at 8 a.m. at the Atlantis dive shop at mile marker 106.5 oceanside. Up to three boats are scheduled to depart Atlantis at 8:30 a.m. Participants must pre-register for the event.
Event information: www.captainslate.com
Key Largo visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keylargo or 800-822-1088
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