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Where to hunt lionfish

Have you always wanted to try lionfish hunting but didn’t know where to go? Are you a seasoned lionfish hunter and looking for new territory or want to hunt while on a diving vacation?

The list below features dive centers and private scuba diving guides that promote safe and ethical lionfish hunting programs, courses and tours. If you want to know where to hunt lionfish, please contact one of these providers below. You can also check out the reports on the interactive lionfish tracking map at to see who is hunting the lionfish in your area.

★ Represents dive shops we have personally used and recommend

Caribbean & Latin America

Akumal, Mexico

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



Bay Islands of Honduras



Belize Sapodilla Cays


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



ColombiaDiving Planet in Cartagena/Isla del Rosario

Lionfish Hunting in Cozumel MexicoCozumel, MexicoLionfish Hunting in Cozumel with ScubaLuis  ★

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



Dominican Republic contact John Sack


GuadeloupeAn-Ba Dlola


  • Couples and Couples Swept Away resorts in Negril & Ocho Rios are lionfish hunting friendly

Martinique– Sorry, the french islands don’t allow tourists to hunt lionfish


Panama Rey Sanchez

Puerto Rico– Fajardo

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Martin– Sorry, the french islands don’t allow tourists to hunt lionfish

Trinidad & Tobago Wild Turtle Scuba Club

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

US Virgin Islands 

United States



Are you a lionfish hunting friendly dive center or private divemaster that offers a lionfish-specific education program and will take clients to hunt non-native invasive lionfish? Do you know of a scuba diving center that should be on this list? Send us an email here with the name of the dive shop, center or service, location (city, state and country) and a URL to either the business’ Facebook page or website (preferably a link to a page that mentions lionfish hunting) for possible inclusion on this page.

Lionfish Hunting Equipment

We do our best to complete a bit of research on each dive center before adding them to this page. If we cannot verify through their website, social media pages, review sites, photos, etc. that they hunt lionfish or promote lionfish invasion awareness, then we usually will not include them here. Are you a travelling lionfish hunter interested in maximizing travel rewards? Check out The Point Pirate for excellent up to date travel rewards and points information.

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About the Author:

Andy is a former US Navy Diver and Submariner, 20 year PADI Dive Instructor, USCG 100 ton Captain, Inventor & entrepreneur, manufacturer, Yachtbroker, skilled mechanic & electrician, and an avid hunter of lionfish.

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  1. Sydney Moore says:

    Where do y’all encounter other lion fish?

  2. Ed D says:

    Don’t forget about Utila Dive Center (UDC) – the dive center that developed and wrote the PADI Lionfish specialty !

  3. Blue H2o Cozumel does a kick ass lion fish hunt. We used their boat and then we used their dpv’s.

  4. David says:

    Can anyone recommend some good hunting sites and dive centres up the east coast of Florida please?

  5. seeking someone wo can take us a place to go for lionfish in KewWest and lower Keys

  6. We don’t see many in the usual dive sites in the upper Keys, apparently largely hunted out. I hear you must go at least 100′ down to fund any numbers. Any info about good intermediate depth populations will be acted upon.

  7. Katie says:

    Anywhere in the St. Pete area that have lionfish dives? There’s a bunch of derbies, but I can’t find lionfish dives.

    • Andy Lowe says:

      Hi Katie, I don’t know of any dive shops that are running lionfish specific trips in that area, but I suspect most of the dive operators will allow you to hunt, and might set up a trip targeting them if you call and ask. I’ve never had a dive boat in Florida tell me I can’t hunt lionfish from their boat.

  8. Alper Akin says:

    Do you know anywhere in Turkey? We also need to address this problem. Yet, nobody seems to understand the importance of these creatures. I guess, we need an encouragement which I hope gets here before it’s too late.

  9. casey says:

    i live in tampa. if anybody wants to put together a dive for lionfish specifically, i would sign up.

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