Places to spear lionfish in Caribbean

 Fortunately more and more dive destinations are starting to open up lionfish hunting for tourists. Even places that have never allowed spearfishing in the past are finally realizing what a significant hazard to the marine environment the lionfish pose, and they are figuring out that allowing tourists to hunt lionfish in their waters is good for the reef and also good for business. Many divers prefer to spend their precious vacation dollars where they can also hunt lionfish while diving. If you also want to maximize your travel rewards while vacationing to dive or hunt lionfish, check out The Point Pirate for excellent travel rewards information.

Dive destinations where tourists are allowed to spear lionfish

 For starters, don’t rule out Florida. We have great diving, no license required for an unlimited number of lionfish, and I’ve never heard of a dive business other than in Pennekamp Key Largo that won’t let you hunt lionfish. Pretty much every dive operator will allow it, although some like to see an 'Advanced' dive certification. As a courtesy, it's also always a good idea to bring your own small cooler with ice for storing your lionfish. We don't want the other guests to have to reach past your lionfish to get into the boat's cooler for other items. 

Please help us keep this list updated by sending us a message here if you know of any other places that will allow tourists to hunt lionfish.

Akumal, Mexico-


Antigua & Barbuda-?

Aruba- Norman Arends, PADI Instructor, 297-731-6336

Bahamas- (liveaboard dive boat departs Miami)



Bay Islands of Honduras

- Utila-


- Roatan- Kelly Ash lionfish hunting trips

- Guanaja-?


Belize- Sapodilla Cays

- Placencia


British Virgin Islands – Sorry, the BVI don't allow visitors to hunt lionfish




Cozumel, Mexico- Guided lionfish hunts

Cuba- Nothing to link to, but we understand you can lionfish hunt around the island.



Dominican Republic- contact John Sack

- Sharky's




Martinique- Sorry, the french islands don't allow tourists to hunt lionfish


Panama- Rey Sanchez

- Alvaro Silva


Puerto Rico- Fajardo

- Vieques

- Roberto Reyes (Freediving only)

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico-

St. Barts-?

St. Kitts & Nevis-

St. Lucia-

St. Martin- Sorry, the french islands don't allow tourists to hunt lionfish

Trinidad & Tobago- Wild Turtle Scuba Club

- Marlon Winter Roach

- Frontier Divers

- Undersea Tobago

Turks & Caicos Islands – Sorry, the Turks & Caicos don't allow visitors to hunt lionfish

US Virgin Islands-