21 March 2019
ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Divers and snorkelers visiting the Florida Keys can become deep-sea “egg-splorers” while supporting a Keys charity during the 2019 Underwater Easter Egg Hunt. The 24th annual event is to be staged Easter Sunday, April 21, in warm waters off Islamorada.
The unique Easter “egg-stravaganza” is hosted by Captain “Cottontail” Spencer Slate. Since 1978 Slate has offered dive, snorkel and underwater wedding experiences in Florida Keys waters, promoting ocean conservation among divers and encouraging them to be active stewards of the undersea environment.
The popular underwater game of hide and seek rewards participants with prizes, with the most valuable goodie basket reserved for the fortunate hunter who discovers a “golden egg.”
Preceding the search, Captain Slate dons a giant bunny suit and dive gear and hides brightly colored Easter eggs underwater for the eager bounty hunters. Real eggs and nontoxic dyes are used to avoid negative environmental impacts.
Boats full of egg seekers then take the plunge to find the hard-boiled hoard, exploring a secret location adjacent to shallow reefs in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Interested divers and snorkelers can join the morning excursion with Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures, located at mile marker 90.7 oceanside in Tavernier at the Casa Mar Village shopping enclave.
The two-tank trip is specially priced at $85 per certified diver including tanks and weights, $35 per adult snorkeler and $25 per child snorkeler under age 13 (including gear). Divers and snorkelers are asked to check in at 8 a.m. and boats are scheduled to depart at 8:30 a.m. Participants must preregister for the event.
Money raised during the annual undersea hunt benefits Kids In Special Situations, providing the area’s needy children gifts and holiday cheer throughout the year.                                           
Event information: captainslate.com or 305-451-3020
Islamorada visitor information: fla-keys.com/islamorada or 1-800-FAB-KEYS
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