Marine conservation in Belize
Additional fees apply if taking PADI certification courses.
Description of Marine conservation in Belize
This five day tailor made marine conservation holiday in Belize is open to all volunteers interested in diving and caring for the environment.
As a diving experience, alone, this trip excels. And when combined with hands-on tasks and the chance to help with marine conservation projects, it makes for an extremely worthwhile introduction to the incredible biodiversity of the Caribbean.
Set against a backdrop of a private 'castaway' island, adjacent to the Belize Barrier Reef, you'll discover every opportunity to swim, snorkel and dive within a truly breathtaking marine environment.
From swimming alongside whale sharks to hunting invasive lion fish with a spear, this is your chance to encounter something completely different within a fun and friendly environment. Protecting the Belize Barrier Reef is an essential part of this five day volunteering adventure and you'll be invited to join an actual marine conservation team as they undertake ad-hoc and ongoing tasks.
Absolutely no experience is needed to sign up. This is the ideal way to learn new skills and make a real difference both above and below the warm waves of the Caribbean. Belize is one of the best places on the planet to learn how to dive in the ocean, not in a swimming pool. Our PADI courses include PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue and Dive Master.
We empower you to take an active role in directly protecting and conserving our oceans that we love via our marine conservation projects and environmental education and awareness program. You will learn about the invasive lionfish species that is destroying our native coral reefs and participate in our conservation dives to spearfish and remove this incredibly destructive invasive species. You will also learn all about coral reefs, 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, climate change, to global warming and you will 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:
• Invasive Lionfish: Spearfish to remove this destructive invasive species that is destroying native coral reef ecosystems.
• Marine Conservation Education: Learn about coral reefs and marine animals and discover how we can protect our oceans and reefs.
• Whale Shark Monitoring (if spotted): Dive with the largest fish in the ocean and record sightings to improve conservation efforts.
• Biodiversity Identification Dives: Identification dives (fish, sea turtles, sharks, invertebrates, coral) to increase one’s knowledge and understanding of reef ecosystems.
• Beach Clean-ups: 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. Please get in touch for more information and to find out more about what this all-inclusive volunteer placement involves.
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)
8 Reviews of Marine conservation in Belize
Reviewed on 10 Dec 2021 by Jayne WebbIt was a 10/10. Stunning, memorable and rewarding. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Nov 2020 by Emily MankerThis trip was unforgettable. The dive sites are all unique and beautiful for different reasons. The variety of wildlife you'll see under the water and from the island made this trip memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jul 2019 by Georgina StevensI loved the beach clean up on a nearby island. Really great, especially for younger divers. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Mar 2019 by Brian BennerThe most memorable part of the holiday was diving in a downpour. It wasn't scary, just interesting. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 May 2018 by Irina TyshkevichAll of it was pretty amazing. I didn't realize how small the island was and I loved it. Being able to dive 3 times a day and get to know the local marine life, while learning about it was my favourite. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Jun 2018 by Sanya OzicBeing on the tropical island, 28miles from the land, with only 25 people, immersed I nature and conservation project. Didn't miss civilization at all. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Apr 2014 by Lucy KeechThe diving was fabulous. The instructors are brilliant, very patient and informative! Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Apr 2014 by Michelle LamarcaThe most memorable part was diving with like minded staff and guests who love and appreciate the ocean and contributing to research and conservation...Excellent opportunity and experience. 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.