Blue Ventures Belize
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Blue Ventures offers marine conservation expeditions in Belize to monitor marine habitats and collect critical marine inventory data alongside marine scientists. These expeditions operate like a cross between a tour, a citizen science trip, and a volunteer experience. Expeditions vary in length, with some running for around two weeks, and other programs requiring travelers to spend an average of six weeks, depending on the project.
Based in the fishing village of Sarteneja and the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, expedition volunteers in Belize are hosted by a local homestay association during the time that they spend in the village of Sarteneja. This homestay ensures that money from the program stays in local communities and positively impact the lives of those in the marine fishing communities—the organization spends 96% of all volunteer fees on the marine conservation projects.
Because of the volunteering aspect, and the remote location of some dive sites, volunteers can stay between three and 18 weeks with a regular stay of six weeks. Fees for a six weeks expedition as qualified diver are around £2460 including transport, training, meals, accommodation, and two dives a day, six days a week.
Two ways to support this social enterprise:
Lionfish Dive Expeditions: Join one of the 9-day dive expeditions near Ambergris Caye in Belize to assist with research that aims to understand how to effectively control lionfish populations, monitor the progression of the invasion in Belize, and directly contribute to efforts to combat its spread through participating in lionfish culls while scuba diving.
Belize Marine Conservation Expeditions: Join long-term marine conservation efforts to effectively control the invasive lionfish populations. Even more, the long-term expeditions offer an incredible chance to take part in cultural exchange sessions and also receive science training in order to be fully prepared for the underwater surveys taking place at the dive camp. Participants undertake two dives a day, six days a week.
Sarteneja, Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve