Scuba: Reef Conservation
Dive to protect sharks, sea turtles and coral reefs in the caribbean!
Experience the Caribbean culture of Little Corn Island and immerse yourself in an amazing underwater world. You will get to explore some of the most vibrant reefs in the Caribbean, teeming with sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, stingrays and tropical fish, while SCUBA diving to protect these critical ecosystems. GIVE’s SCUBA: Reef Conservation program will provide you with the certifications, skills and inspiration to continue diving and conserving coral reefs around the world!
“It was like catching stars…My eyes greedily soaked up the constellation of bioluminescence, focusing on each and all at the same time. I let my body float up amongst the strings of pearls, swaying with the iridescent beads to ocean currents. I was in a galaxy of stars, dancing in an eternal void to music I cannot hear.” Read More.Chui Wern, Nicaragua 2015
Why Scuba dive in the caribbean?
See a different side of Nicaragua
From the black volcanic sands of the Pacific coast to the white sands and crystal clear waters of Little Corn Island, experience all that this incredible country has to offer. Travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea and save $100 by combining SCUBA with GIVE’s Nicaragua Excursion!
The Coral Reefs are Disappearing
Occupying less than 1% of the marine environment, coral reefs are home to more than 25% of all known marine fish species. With more than 27% of coral reefs already destroyed, we must take action now to protect and regenerate these critically important ecosystems.
You won’t want to leave the squad!
Nearly half of your fellow volunteers will join the SCUBA program after their Nicaragua Excursion. Some will even pay to change their flights while in Nicaragua so they don’t miss out! Save money and extend time with your new GIVE family by joining the Pacific & Caribbean Package.
Scuba: Reef Conservation Itinerary
GIVE’s SCUBA: Reef Conservation can be experienced as a stand-alone trip, or combined with our Nicaragua Excursion for a coast-to-coast journey from the Pacific to the Caribbean. Either way, this program will open your eyes to the otherworldly beauty of coral reefs and the critical importance of conserving them around the world.
Trip Commencement: Meet your GIVE team leaders at the Managua airport and spend your first night in Nicaragua’s capitol city.
Fly from Managua to the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, where you will be greeted by your GIVE SCUBA guide and then hop on a boat towards Little Corn Island. You will spend the rest of your day getting settled into your beachside bungalows, receiving an orientation about the island and the SCUBA: Reef Conservation Program.
On Day 3 you will begin your PADI Open Water Course with a Discovery Dive! Here you will learn the basics about diving under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor. Spend the next two days studying Open Water Theory and putting that knowledge to work in the sea. After four dives you will officially be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver!
Once PADI certified, you will begin your conservation lectures and dives. Each day after breakfast, you will have one to two lectures followed by dives that correlate with the lectures. Here are the main course components:
- Ecological Monitoring Program (EMP) Fish Identification
- EMP Inverts
- EMP Substrate
- Shark Monitoring
- Lionfish Invasive Species
- Artificial Reef Record and Maintenance
- Coral Reef Taxonomy and Collection
- Turtle Ecology
- Presentation Prep and Photography
- EMP Choice Dive
All of the data gathered during your conservation dives will be collected to monitor and identify any existing trends with the reefs.
Free Day: Midway through the week you will have a free day to recharge from all the diving. You can tour the entire island, explore hidden coves, learn to make coconut oil with locals, climb to the top of the lighthouse for an epic viewpoint, or just kick back and relax!
Wake up on this day and enjoy your final lunch on Little Corn island before traveling by boat back to Big Corn Island. You’ll spend your final night in Managua reflecting on the underwater world you’ve discovered!
All good things must come to an end. Soak up your last few hours in Nicaragua before heading home!
**THIS IS A SAMPLE ITINERARY WHICH IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
- All accommodations within Nicaragua, which have access to basic amenities an security
- All volunteer projects materials, provisions, guidance, and facilitation
- All diving equipment (mask, fins, wet suit, BCD, regulators etc)
- All land and sea transportation (excluding flights from Managua to Big Corn Island)
- All meals throughout your stay on Little Corn Island.
- Your PADI Open Water, Coral Reef Ecology and Ecological Monitoring certifications
- Flights to and from Nicaragua, including the flights from Managua to Big Corn Island and all other associated air taxes, ticket fees, and any country entry and departure taxes
- Medical and travelers insurance
- Passport and visa fees (specific to your citizenship)
- Vaccinations (specific to host country)