Coral reef conservation in Belize
Additional fees apply if taking PADI certification courses.
Description of Coral reef conservation in Belize
Take an active, hands-on role in directly protecting and conserving our coral reefs that we love via our marine conservation projects and environmental education and awareness program. You will learn about the invasive lionfish that is destroying our native coral reefs and participate in our dives to spearfish and remove this incredibly destructive species. You will also learn all about coral reef ecosystems, tropical fish, sharks, manatees, dolphins, and many other species from tiny invertebrates to the largest fish in the ocean, the whale shark. You will participate in our marine conservation identification dives to discover the wonders of the marine world. We also cover many more topics from ocean acidification, to climate change, and discover things you can do to combat these issues. Join us and make a difference!
Each week/day will differ but you will be helping and participating in the following areas:
Eradicating invasive species from coral reefs: Invasive Lionfish population control and monitoring (spearing and dissecting lionfish).
Marine conservation education: Learning about coral reefs and marine animals and discover how we can protect our reefs from a warming planet.
Biodiversity (fish, invertebrates, and coral) identification dives to increase ones knowledge and understanding of coral reef ecosystems.
Weekly beach and island trash/plastic removal on islands of the Belize Barrier Reef.
Depending on the season and length of stay you might not take part in all of these activities above but it is a good bet that you will experience most of them.
PADI Dive Courses Offered on the Island
We have many dive courses available to help you develop your scuba and marine conservation skills while on the island volunteering with us. Below is the price our program charges for each PADI certification course and how long it will take you to complete the certification course on the island. Please note the Open, Advanced, Rescue, and Dive Master certifications require the PADI e-Learning prior to arrival.
PADI Open Water Certification $175 USD (3 days)
PADI Advanced Open Water Certification $225 USD (3 days)
PADI Rescue Diver Certification $275 USD (1 week)
PADI Dive Master Certification $750 USD (4 week minimum stay)
PADI Specialty Certification Courses Offered on the Island
PADI Specialty Course: Invasive Lionfish $125 USD (2 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Coral Reef Conservation $125 USD (3 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Fish Identification $125 USD (2 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Deep Diver $125 USD (3 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Emergency First Response $125 USD (2 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Underwater Photographer $200 USD (2 days)
1 Reviews of Coral reef conservation in Belize
Reviewed on 21 Mar 2014 by Simon Timms
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
1. Snorkeling with the whale sharks.
2. Good diving instruction to next level of qualification.
3. Chance to do conservation surveys as something more than that which you
usually do on a regular dive holiday.
4. chance to dive in Caribbean at dive sites that are not crowded, never were
there other dive boats at the sites we dived, thus only 4 to 8 divers at the
site from the boat.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
1. To the extent your baggage allowance allows it, take items identified
including any surplus dive gear, given that special things and items of quality
e.g. towels can be difficult to get in southern Belize.
2. Recognise you are staying on a Caye/island off a less developed country, so
accommodation is not luxury but adequate, and pack accordingly e.g need tough not fine clothing.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, locals were employed for boat driving, cooking, housecleaning etc.
Supported conservation with surveys etc as would be expected.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
PlanetWe are one of the leading NGOs/non-profit marine conservation organizations in Belize. We been developing and working on a wide variety of marine conservation projects to protect the Belize Barrier Reef and ocean ecosystem since 2006. We are a registered NGO in Belize as well as a registered non-profit in the USA.
Our mission is to protect our oceans through hands-on conservation action and marine environmental education and awareness. We empower everyday global citizens to take an active role in directly protecting and conserving the Belize Barrier Reef and our oceans that we love via our marine conservation projects and environmental education and awareness.
PeopleOur mission is to not only protect our coral reefs and oceans, but to also provide sustainable employment and job training to poor coastal Belizean communities. Our staff is comprised almost entirely of Belizeans, who we have been hired through our internship/job training program. They serve in leadership roles as managers, marine biologists, educators, and scuba dive instructors.
Our ultimate goal is to utilize scientifically researched based approaches to conserve and protect fragile marine and coastal habitats, and create livelihoods to support the culture and traditions of the coastal communities of Belize. We have demonstrated the scalable potential of marine conservation to bring lasting benefits to people and biodiversity in some of the worlds poorest coastal communities. Effective community-based conservation and sustainable management of reefs is critical to the future of Belize.