Marine conservation in Belize

“Learn how to dive in the warmth of the Caribbean, not in a chlorinated swimming pool. No experience needed. Come on, dive in, the water's lovely. Ideal for volunteers interested in marine conservation.”


All diving, accommodation, meals and diving equipment included | Private ‘castaway' island | Training for survey methodologies | Fantastic diving on the 2nd biggest barrier reef in the world | Swim with whale sharks and dolphins | Year round tropical temperatures | Pre-breakfast and night dives |

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Departure information

Departures on weekends but transfers can be made on other days at an extra cost
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Volunteer travel - what's it all about

Are you looking for an adventurous trip with a purpose, or on a gap year or career break? If you want to make a difference in some of the world’s most important conservation areas - and in community projects - then volunteer trips are for you! Volunteers tend to have a sense of adventure, and come from a range of different backgrounds and from all over the world.
Edward Abbey said 'sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul'.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

We are a not for profit marine conservation company that focus on conserving the environment by using recreational divers to sustain the organisation. The vision is to help conserve the environment whilst offering the ‘vacation diver’ a chance to put something back into the environment and at the same time obtaining a well earned break.

We are working alongside the Belizean Department of Fisheries and local NGO’s to monitor and maintain the marine environment of the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, Southern Belize. Work includes the surveying and monitoring of commercial species such as lobster and conch, surveying and helping to protect the spawning fish aggregations, water quality testing, turtle conservation, MBRS surveys and Reef Check surveys for long term global studies and analysis. We are active members of PADI Project AWARE Coral Wacth and Whale Shark programmes and also work with Belizean based Ecomar to help remove the invasive non-native lionfish from Belizean waters.

We bring tourists to our area who spend money in restaurants, local stores and with tour guides. All of our supplies are bought locally from the market and general stores.

We also spend money with local businesses such as the mechanic who maintains our boat. It is important to us our guests integrate into the local community. We employ Belizean people and we run a training program for local youths where we give young people the chance to become Dive Masters and thus obtain well paid jobs in the touristy resorts such as San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

17 Reviews of Marine conservation in Belize

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2019 by

I loved the beach clean up on a nearby island. Really great, especially for younger divers. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2019 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was diving in a downpour. It wasn't scary, just interesting. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 May 2018 by

All 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

Being 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

The diving was fabulous. The instructors are brilliant, very patient and informative! Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Apr 2014 by

The 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

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2012 by

Tom Owens Caye was a magic location for a chilled week diving in Belize. Polly, Patty and the team were generous hosts. The food was delicious with the lionfish and banana pancakes particular highlights! Diving was excellent. Still feeling good about the lobster survey! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2012 by

Excellent diving with a lot of attention for safety. Fantastic reef diving. Great care and knowledge of reef. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2012 by

Difficult to figure out which was the most exciting part since I thought the whole vacation was a new and exciting learning experience for me. Learning how to scuba dive and diving in a beautiful area with eagle and sting rays was definitely at the top and watching the dolphins play with our boat...... Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2012 by

Seeing a five foot barracuda while snorkelling was the most memorable part of the vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2011 by

Belize for me was opening up new horizons. Both as a traveler as well as a diver I enjoined it tremendously. I felt welcome and a great click with the dive team and considered them as friends by the time I left. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2011 by

One evening we noticed the 'string of pearls' phenomenon in the water by the dock and it was amazing to snorkel in that. It was like the night sky had fallen into the sea. It was such a romantic location, it was there that my partner decided to propose to me. It really was an unforgettable vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2011 by

A real experience and trip of a lifetime. We met friends for life and experienced thing we may never get opportunity to experience again. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Feb 2011 by

It was an unforgettable experience which I can't recommend highly enough. The sort of people we met were like minded and everyone got along brilliantly. I'd definitely recommend going for two weeks (or more!) if you can. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2011 by

The most exciting part of the vacation was diving...Great, I will go back. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2011 by

I'm still very new to diving so everything I got to see underwater was new and exciting. It really helped that Polly really knows her stuff and was able to guide us on very nice dives...This is one of the best vacations I've been on and I would not hesitate to go diving with this company again or recommend it to a friend. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2010 by

Difficult to pick only one memorable moment. The whole experience was memorable...Encountering dolphins and eagle spotted ray and nurse sharks. Never encountering any other divers than the ones in our little group. Making friends with lovely people. And having fun!...A fantastic, fun, transformative experience. Read full review

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