Lionfish spearing marine conservation in Belize
Additional fees apply if taking PADI certification courses.
Description of Lionfish spearing marine conservation in Belize
There’s an invasive predator lurking in the dark depths of the Caribbean that’s making a meal of the indigenous species that have no natural means of defending themselves. This is where you come in.
Grab a spear and dive into the warm waters surrounding a remote island in Belize as you go in search of lionfish and help to protect the marine ecology that’s vital for maintaining the health of the southern Belize barrier reef.
Lionfish spearing is a form of marine conservation that readdresses the natural order of things and gives native species a fighting chance of survival against a predator that has nothing to fear in Belize other than our crack squad of eco-warriors.
Although this is not a job for the feint hearted it is an amazing experience and places you on the front line in the battle to save the reef.
Hunting, spearing, dissecting and eventually eating lionfish can be really exciting and joining a small group of volunteers offers you an opportunity to make new friends, take part in a dedicated marine conservation programme and learn more about this beautifully remote region of Belize.
If you’re prepared to eat a fish then you should also be prepared to catch and kill it. Lionfish are not only aggressive predators they’re also rather tasty so nothing goes to waste after you’ve experienced the thrill of the chase.
In their own environment, the Pacific, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, lionfish are part of a healthy marine ecology; in the Atlantic and Caribbean, however, they’re not. In fact, the very indigenous species in Belize that lionfish eat are the very ones who are vital for keeping the reef alive and well.
Aside from lionfish spearing you’ll also be invited to keep track of lobsters, conch and whale sharks as well as taking part in coral reef and commercial fish research which is also an important part of marine conservation in Belize.
Come and stay for a week, a fortnight or a month where you’ll join a volunteer team committed to saving the world’s second largest barrier reef whilst staying on a remote coral caye as well as having an absolutely amazing experience along the way.
This tailor made holiday gives you the opportunity to live in a stunning tropical environment and join a team of volunteers who are making a massive difference to eradicating lionfish from Belize for once and for all.
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, Dive Master, Underwater Photographer, and Emergency First Response certifications require the PADI e-Learning prior to arrival.
PADI Open Water Certification – $225 USD (3 days)
PADI Advanced Open Water Certification – $275 USD (3 days)
PADI Rescue Diver Certification – $325 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 – $175 USD (2 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Coral Reef Conservation – $175 USD (3 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Fish Identification – $175 USD (2 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Deep Diver – $175 USD (3 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Emergency First Response – $175 USD (2 days)
PADI Specialty Course: Underwater Photographer – $250 USD (2 days)
4 Reviews of Lionfish spearing marine conservation in Belize
Reviewed on 05 Mar 2021 by Charles VaughanThis is one of the best holidays I have ever been on. The island is very well organised, there is no pressure to go diving and you can relax at times instead. The staff are all very knowledgeable with regards to diving and the local area. If time allowed I would certainly return in the future. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 May 2018 by Lynda HughesFeeling that you are contributing to the sea environment. Waking up to the beautiful sunrise and seeing the lovely sunset. Living on a tiny island for a short time. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Aug 2014 by Ulrike KachelThe best diving holiday I did so far and it will be hard to beat. I learned so much about fish identification and substrates and this makes diving much more enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Oct 2013 by Eric StrobelThe entire trip was a blast! Multiple dives per day without another diver in sight, unspoiled beauty of the amazing reef, incredible food, etc. etc. Everything about this trip was memorable and exciting! Read full review
PlanetWe are one of the leading NGOs/non-profit marine conservation organizations in Belize. We have 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 world’s poorest coastal communities. Effective community-based conservation and sustainable management of reefs is critical to the future of Belize.