Student Expedition 2020

Dumaguete, Philippines

10 Nights - July 27th - August 6th, 2020

Since 2012 Blue Endeavors has been taking students on expeditions all over the world. Students on our expeditions get to partake in all the same dive experiences as recreational divers visiting these areas, but also have a science and ocean conservation mission.

THE PROJECT: At Blue Endeavors, we seek to provide opportunities for students to develop self-awareness, understanding their own cultural identities and seeing other cultural perspectives, building authentic empathy. On this trip, students will have the opportunity to meet and work with the local students from Dumaguete committed to learning about and protecting the marine environment through Silliman University. Through learning about their program, spending time getting to know them, and collaborating on data collection for a Reef Check survey we hope to build bonds between our communities. As we venture on this expedition, we hope to build the capacity of students to lead with empathy, be civically astute, and use their unique voices to address the issues that matter to them.


Blue Endeavors is donating the cost of the basic dive training, research diving, and dive leadership in Dumaguete to reduce the expedition cost to Blue Endeavors students and school parents. Additionally we are supporting the local students in Dumaguete with financial aid to participate in this program. Please contact if you are interested in supporting more local students with financial aid, including your student’s local dive buddy in Dumaguete. Here is a link to our 501(c)(3) status:

Photos are critters Vince and the team saw scouting locations for this expedition.


Arrival Date 7/27/20
Departure Date 8/6/20
Total Nights: 10
*We are still confirming the best airfare so there may be small changes in the dates.


  • Sessions before the project to learn research diving techniques and marine biology

  • Accommodations at Atlantis resort

  • All meals at Toko’s restaurant

  • All diving and boat charters

  • Two Apo Island day trips

  • Reef Check and Research Diver training and certification

  • Rental gear (Students must have basic equipment)

  • Nitrox fills

  • All flights and transfers

  • 1 check in bag

  • Transfers to Silliman University

  • Atlantis staff gratuity

  • Marine park fees

  • Internet access


  • Extra luggage requirements

  • DAN dive insurance (Required) It is not included since some students already have this coverage

  • Travel insurance (Highly Recommended)

  • Open Water Course pool and online academics. (There will be classes before we leave for not yet certified divers)

  • Nitrox, Night, and Navigation Certification classes (There will be classes before we leave for not yet certified divers)


  • Vince Smith will be leading the Blue Endeavors dive instruction staff

  • Local Atlantis dive masters will be showing us the sites

  • 4 students to 1 dive leader ratio

  • Bruce Hamren and David Otten will be the trip chaperons


  • Silliman University, Dumaguete

  • Sister cities of Alameda and Dumaguete


Cost Per Student:  $5,657

Early bird pay-in-full discount: $500

Expedition Deposit if not paid in full: $2,000