- Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise with the opportunity to experience a new culture, food and way of life.
- Learn about the Mesoamerican coral reef and how to identify the wildlife it supports.
- Participate in monitoring dives that explore different sites along the coast.
- See mega-fauna such as dolphins and sharks; snorkelling in cenotes or waterways.
- Join in with community programmes which teach English and raise the environmental awareness of the local community.
NB: It is compulsory for Explorers attending this Experience to have their PADI Open Water certification. For non-divers wishing to attend, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.
A typical Advanced PADI and Marine Conservation Experience:
- While your experience on the expedition will be rewarding, days can be long and tiring which you should be prepared for.
- Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to get into the water everyday to dive or snorkel but this is also dependent on the needs of our partners as there are conservation measures in place which will not require you to dive 5 days a week.
- During your time in the water you will conduct underwater surveys after you complete your training.
- Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities. These include training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education session or alternative income training depending on local and project needs. You will also be required to complete base duties.
- While your living conditions will be basic, our base is located on a property a few hundred meters from the beach. When not working, you can take the opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of the reef and marine species, explore the nearby cities, cenotes, relax with your fellow volunteers or just take in the stunning sunsets that have to be seen to be believed.