Blue Endeavors Members Mission: BONAIRE CORAL REEF RESTORATION
Feb. 8th, 2020 - Feb. 16th, 2020
Since 2012 Blue Endeavors has been taking high school students on expeditions all over the world. Students on our trips get to partake in all the same dive experiences as recreational divers visiting these areas, but also have an exploration, real world science, and ocean conservation mission. For the first time we are brining one of these expeditions to our members of all ages.
Bonaire is located just north of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean. This Dutch Caribbean island has protected its marine resources for more than 35 years. Because of this, marine life abounds with more than 470 fish species found in Bonaire’s waters. Famed as one of the best Caribbean dive destinations, Bonaire hosts amazing coral reefs and long forgotten shipwrecks. Underwater photography is a favorite activity due to Bonaire’s incredibly clear water and unspoiled ecosystem. Established as a marine park in 1979, Bonaire National Marine Park is now a hotspot for Caribbean biodiversity and a great destination for divers.
PROJECT: Coral Reef Restoration
For the past few years Blue Endeavors has been taking students to Bonaire to participate hands on in a project to grow the coral reef system in Bonaire. You will be trained and certified in this process.
Corals can grow and reproduce both sexually, through spawning, and asexually, through a process called "fragmentation". If conditions are favorable, and a branch breaks away and falls onto the reef, it can reattach and begin to grow a new colony.
Coral Reef Restoration project has developed a way of exploiting this natural process of fragmentation to allow us to efficiently propagate, or "farm", huge numbers of corals.
They fragment coral colonies into smaller, finger-sized pieces. These smaller fragments are then hung on Coral Trees™ - a simple PVC design that we developed, that allows us to grow huge numbers of coral fragments in large, offshore nurseries.
Suspended in the nutrient-and-sunlight-rich water column, the fragments of corals on our Coral Trees grow into colonies that are large enough to be outplanted to the reef in just six to nine months.
The following slideshow is from past high school trips:
THE DIVE RESORT & DETAILS:
We at Blue Endeavors have been visiting the island with the amazing staff at Buddy’s Dive Resort for the past few years.
What is included on this trip:
Dive/Expedition Leaders from Blue Endeavors
Coral Reef Restoration Training and Certification
The amazing Ostracod Mating Dive!
8 Days/Nights in a fully equipped apartment
6 days of unlimited nitrox fills
6 boat dives and unlimited shore diving
What is not included on this trip:
$45 Marine Park Cash Fee
Buddy Resort Crew Gratuity (Suggested Dive Staff $20 -$50/per diver, Room Staff $5/per room/day)
Scuba Equipment Rental (Worst case if you need everything $225/trip)
Rental Car Insurance $19/day
DAN Dive Insurance
Flights and Airport Transfers (We will book a group flight if interested)
Optional Meal Plan ($90/lunch & $135/dinner/trip)
Single diver studio w/ single cab pick-up $1,114/diver
Couple studio w/ single cab pick-up $272/diver
Other room configurations available
A single cab truck $416.50
Optional Certifications ($199)
Lion Fish Hunting Specialty
Deep Diving Specialty (Required certification for lion fish hunting)
Night Diving Specialty (Required certification for ostracod dive)
Trip Cost: $1,395
We will be emailing out a packet with information about the trip, liability waivers, and medical forms.
Health & Safety
Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid / www.cdc.gov /
Reported diseases: 1 case of ZikaVirus - Mosquito bite prevention, Repellant, Long pants/shirts
Safety: Sunburn and Dehydration, Scuba safety will be covered in your training