The world of scuba diving is the ultimate high adventure.

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Are you and your troop ready to take the plunge?

Blackbeard’s Cruises offers scout’s an unforgettable high adventure trip of a lifetime! Scouts will be able to dive in clear waters on reefs teaming with fish life.   Your high adventure troop will also have the opportunity to engage in the high adventure sailing, snorkeling, fishing, and exploring the beautiful out islands of the Bahamas.  Visit the swimming pigs or explore the nature trail at the Exumas Land & Sea Park headquarters.

Learning to Scuba dive is a life changing experience and a challenge every scout should take. The popularity of scuba diving is growing worldwide. The Scuba Merit Badge is an opportunity for young men and women and their families to take a giant stride into the underwater realm and help realize their ultimate scouting objectives.

Much like scouting, the overall philosophy of SCUBA encourages the quest and challenge for adventure, knowledge development, and personal growth. The first breath underwater, the feeling of zero gravity, and the discovery of marine life will transform anyone’s life. Thousands of scouts have delved into the adventure of Scuba diving.

If high adventure is what you are seeking,
then look no further, this is the ideal trip for your troop!

The Bahamas have a beautiful and pristine coral reef system that attracts scuba divers and snorkelers alike. Blackbeard’s has been taking scouts on week long liveaboard scuba diving trips to the best dive sites the Bahamas have to offer for 36 years.

Our vessels are 65′ long with plenty of room to stretch and there is sufficient storage space for everyone’s gear. We have 18 air conditioned bunks on board in three dormitory style cabins for up to 24 scouts. Scouts will have an action packed week full of adventure and activities on a weeklong cruise aboard our liveaboard scuba diving sailboats. Scouts and leaders will have the chance to construct and carry out an
invigorating high adventure trip.

Blackbeard’s has the perfect arrangements and the perfect set up to provide a unique and enjoyable high adventure experience.


The crew was terrific. The Boy Scouts and the parents accompanying them had a fantastic time. A very safe and friendly environment with great crew, comfortable boat, super dives and snorkels and we even caught some fish!

Bill Topping – BSA Troop 888, Stuart FL

Crew was great! Food was great! Diving accommodations were excellent. We had a great crew all around; their interaction with our Scouts made a good trip a GREAT trip. The crew did fun activities with our Scouts and adults beyond the diving that made it a truly great experience.

Lee Clark – BSA Troop 1919, Woodbridge VA

“One of the best diving experiences I have ever had, crew was fantastic, and the ship’s cook deserves five stars. There were so many great (and favorite) memories created and this is a trip I plan to revisit in the future, and bring many new Boy Scout divers onboard with. It is nearly impossible to get a live a board at Sea Base today and you have the best alternative to that opportunity.”

James Chaplin – Scoutmaster of Troop 1833 of Haymarket, VA

Every day on the boat, I would wake up and think there is no way today can be better than yesterday…and it always was! Favorite Dive: Plane Wreck (wicked current, first big test), Washing Machine (Maytag!) and Blue Hole. Favorite non-diving activity: Loved them all, including hikes, snorkels, swims, pigs, bonfire (smores), etc. Favorite Meal: They were all so yummy, but my favorite it still the roasted pork and potatoes! Overall: The Crew took a bunch of Scouts and Leaders, most who had only done certification dives in lakes and craters, and put together 14 awesome, successful, safe ocean dives. Best Trip Ever!

Jen Pierson – Crew 888 Colorado

Blackbeard’s is equipped with everything necessary
to provide a memorable high quality adventure

Blackbeard’s Cruises and the Boy Scouts have a long tradition. Our original vessel the Sea Explorer, was built for the new Boy Scout High Adventure Base in Miami. For 5 years the Sea Explorer took boy scouts from Florida to the Bahamas. Articles about our operation were published in Boys Life and Scouting including a picture of the Sea Explorer on the cover of Scouting Magazine. We mutually agreed to end the partnership because the Base was having trouble getting enough large groups to book the Sea Explorer (how times have changed) and there weren’t any facilities near their base that could accommodate a vessel the size of the Sea Explorer. In recent years as scout interest in scuba diving & snorkeling has taken off, we have had a large number of Boy Scout troops book our vessels including one troop that booked one of our vessels 3 years in a row. The Sea Explorer is now dedicated to operating high adventure scout liveaboard scuba diving trips during the summer as well as winter and spring breaks.

The Bahamas have a beautiful and pristine coral reef system that attracts scuba divers and snorkelers alike.

We are Scuba Diving Scouts

And our business is having fun. And you know what???

Our business is good!

We know you like your creature comforts like private fully en-suite liveaboard cabins, gourmet meals, and all the amenities. We also know you want to pair this all with an adventure vacation that you’ll be talking about for ages!

See what makes us so special!