CAN I RENT MY OWN accommodation AND LIVE OFF SITE?
This is not an option for our internships, as part of the experience of interning with the Shark Lab is being fully integrated into the world of a remote research station.
CAN I SEND MAIL TO BIMINI?
Bimini postal service is highly unreliable. Letters can take anywhere from 1 – 7 months to appear in Bimini, based on our experience. If you are happy to send at your own risk, you can post to:
Bimini Shark Lab
15 Elizabeth Drive
If you need emergency medication or similar, we can have this sent to our FL office at your request.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
See Volunteer Information page.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO?
The South Island of Bimini is relatively small, there is one bar that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and one convenience store. There are some nice snorkel spots that you can visit, which are accessible from land on South Bimini. The North island offers more to do with restaurants, stores, and a small grocery store. This is readily accessible as it is a 30 minute walk from the Shark Lab, and short ferry ride away ($4 round trip)
HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING?
We recommend a budget of $30-40 per week for dinner, drinks and day off activities. All meals are provided, except on the day off when you are allowed to cook for yourself at the station with allocated ingredients. You are not expected to spend money on food, but it is a nice treat on the day off if you choose to venture out.
IS THERE A CASH MACHINE?
There is an ATM on the North Island, however it is not very reliable. Therefore, we recommend bringing US or Bahamian cash with you. US dollars are accepted in Bimini.
DO YOU CATER TO VEGETARIANS?
Yes! However, as there are limited supplies in Bimini we cannot cater for all food preferences/allergies. If you have additional dietary restrictions (veganism, gluten fee etc.) you will be expected to supplement your own diet.
Note that a large part of shark research requires the fishing, culling, and storage of fish as bait. While you do not have to take part in the culling of fish, you need to be ethically comfortable with the process as a whole and playing a role as required.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?
There is limited access to fresh on the island, with supplies shipped approximately once per month. As the date draws closer to its next shipment, fresh produce is limited and the lab relies on its frozen food supplies to make the majority of meals.
Three meals/day are provided, and all meals are fairly carb heavy to ensure the crew have plenty of energy for long field days. The lab can accommodate food allergies, but asks that all participants are open minded and flexible when it comes to their food preferences in Bimini. All food is sourced from Florida, with the exception of locally caught fish.
WHO WILL I BE SHARING A ROOM WITH?
When possible rooms are allocated by gender, however this is not always possible so we appreciate your flexibility and understanding. There is usually four people/room.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?
The Shark Lab is located in a former Police barracks, and Doc designed the lab to imitate a research vessel. There are five cabins, each with two sets of bunk beds in, two heads, and communal kitchen and dining area. The lab is very much dormitory style living, with approximately 20 people sharing the quarters at any one time.
DO I NEED/CAN I BRING SCUBA GEAR?
SCUBA diving is not required for our research and most of our field work is conducted via freediving or snorkelling. There is a dive shop on North Bimini that offer dive trips. Please keep in mind that storage space is limited.
CAN MY FAMILY OR FRIENDS VISIT?
Yes there are a variety of relatively cheap accommodation options close to the station ($75/night upwards). We can share our contacts with you once on island. If needed necessary for the research, we expect volunteers to work during these visits, however, we are flexible and will give you time off if our schedule allows.