- Dive into crystal blue water, live in bungalows and discover the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific.
- Assist with marine ecology research and restoration projects while based on Nacula, a hilly volcanic island of Fiji.
- Fiji’s coastal ecology is threatened by climate change and overfishing. Learn about the negative effects these have on marine sustainability by working on a data collection project that contributes to a long-term study. This ongoing research will help better local communities’ understanding of areas that need protection.
- Plant mangroves to mitigate heavy coastal erosion, participate in coral restoration projects and promote sustainable use of sensitive ecological resources.
- Spend time in the local villages presenting your findings to schoolchildren, elders and community leaders.
- Launch kayaks into the private cove and enjoy snorkeling nearly every day, including on excursions to two world class locations: the famed Blue Lagoon, and the more hidden Sawa-i-Lau sea cave, a spot sacred to locals and regarded as the resting place of Ulutini, an ancient Fijian god.
- Hike to Nacula’s highest point, where you‘ll take in the breathtaking 360-degree view of neighboring islands below.
- Watch and listen as ancient stories and legends unfold through song and dance. Every day is a chance to learn from this enchanting, community-based culture.
- Visit the village markets and participate in a lovo, a traditional feast cooked in the earth.
- Make jewelry using coconuts, try the steps of the traditional meke dance, and pick up some conversational Fijian.
- Contribute 30 hours of community service.
- Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1.
A typical Marine Conservation Expedition Experience:
- Home Base in Fiji is a locally-owned lodge made up of renovated bungalows on the beach.
- Gather at an open-air common area for meals and evening sessions and enjoy living steps from the water.
- Students will share bungalows with three to four roommates and have access to ensuite bathrooms with Western style toilets and cold-water showers.
- Kayaks are also available at Home Base for students to use during downtime under staff supervision.