Here is a terrfic all-inclusive Monday - Friday Marine Conservation SCUBA packages on a beautiful coral caye in the Caribbean. World class diving, plentiful home cooked food and fun friendly people await you. You can learn to dive, or further your dive qualifications, while helping monitor the reef, commercial fish species, and removing invasive lionfish from destoring the local marine ecosystem.
You will be trained in measuring and sexing the Caribbean Spiny lobster, tagging and collecting data from the Queen Conch, removing invasive lionfish, and conducting reef check surveys. Its important work and great fun at the same time. All data collected is sent directly to the Belize fisheries department to help them manage and protect the Marine Reserve.
Cost includes island transfers, food, accommodation, dive equipment, conservation training, and all the diving!
Your marine conservation diving trip includes the following:
- All diving including recreational diving, typically 2-4 dives a day (subject to weather conditions)
- Private ‘castaway’ island stays at Tom Owen
- Accommodation on the island
- All meals on the island
- Diving equipment (wetsuits, booties, dive watches and computers not provided)
- Training in survey techniques and methodologies
- All participants must have valid travel and diving insurance.
What to Expect?
You rise with the sun, and after a cup of coffee, fresh fruit and maybe a biscuit or two, you will go diving! No better way to start the day and work up a healthy appetite for a scrumptious Belizean breakfast that awaits our return. The second dive of the day is mid morning which allows time for some conservation training, PADI tuition, or just a swing in a hammock in the cool Caribbean breeze with a good book.
Most dive sites are only 10 minutes or so from the island so after dive 2 we head back for a spot of lunch. Dive 3 is mid afternoon and whenever possible, weather permitting, and if guests are interested we will offer a night dive (we aim for at least 1 night dive a week).
The purpose of the dives vary daily and we post a schedule of monitoring sites on the board each morning. Most days we will catch lionfish on at least one dive, and then guests get to dissect them, clean them and analyse their stomach contents before eating them for dinner! Watching the sunset over the sea with a local beer or rum punch rounds off the day, with a lovely dinner and some good chat from interesting like minded people.
Program does not supply masks, snorkels, wetsuits or booties because most people like their own fit! However, we do have some in stock, if you prefer not to carry a wetsuit you can borrow one of ours, just email us prior to your trip and let us know your size. Weekend accommodation and meals are not included. Wireless internet is available for a small fee. Marine Park fees of $25 per week is payable to the Belize Fisheries department to help maintain the Marine Reserve. Course fees, Marine park fees and bar bills must be paid in country in cash at the end of the week.
The island is 36 miles from the mainland Belize. It is part of the Sapodilla cayes marine reserve situated on the continental shelf! The dive sites are close by and there are no other divers!!! ReefCI have NEVER shared a dive site.
- Program ID: # 2421
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: Tom Owens Caye PG Punta GordaBelize16° 17' 56.5836" N, 88° 19' 48.2808" WBZ
- Fitness level: Moderately Fit
- Closest Airport: Punta Gorda (PGD)
- Costs From: $1000 to $1500$1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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