EXPEDITIONS

Since 2012 Blue Endeavors has been taking members on expeditions all over the world. Members on our trips get to partake in all the same dive experiences as recreational divers visiting these areas, but also have an exploration, citizen science or ocean conservation mission. If you are interested in joining an expedition and not yet a member please contact us to learn more.

 
 
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Bonaire Coral Reef Restoration Expedition

Feb. 15th, 2019 - Feb. 24th, 2019

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.

THE PROJECT: Our coral reef restoration mission is to restore coral reefs, to educate others on the importance of our oceans, and to use science to further coral research and coral reef monitoring techniques. 

This expedition is open to all members. Non-members can contact Blue Endeavors for more information.






SOCORRO GIANT MANTA STUDENT Expedition

June 24th, 2019 - July 5th, 2019

SOCORRO - You can see mantas in many places around the world. But nowhere else boasts a population of giant mantas that literally seek out interaction with divers and snorkellers. The behaviour these giant mantas exhibit is almost inexplicable. These gentle giants with a wingspan up to 20 feet consistently approach divers for intimate eye-to-eye encounters. If you are able to be calm and still in the water, you are almost sure to experience what we call “manta love.” While mantas are the reason to voyage out to Socorro, there are lots of other animals to see, including schooling hammerheads and silky sharks, plus 8 other species of sharks, bottlenose dolphins that consistently hang out with divers at certain dive sites, large schools of pelagic fish, and, in season, humpback whales.

THE PROJECT:  Students will be developing and collecting data via underbelly photographs, new prototype technology, and measurements for a new cutting edge cloud based database of giant mantas that we are developing using facial recognition software to allow researchers to learn more about these unknown pelagic animals.

This expedition is open to all high school students and Blue Endeavors members. Non-members can contact Blue Endeavors for more information.




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Dumaguete, Philippines Reef Check Expedition

August 1st, 2019 - August 13th, 2019

DUMAGUETE: FAMOUS FOR ITS MUCK DIVING AND RARE CRITTER SPECIES, DUMAGUETE IS A MECCA FOR UNDERWATER MACRO PHOTOGRAPHERS. EXPECT TO SEE SOME OF THE MOST UNUSUAL MARINE SPECIES ON THE PLANET IN THE MOST UNEXPECTED OF PLACES. DUMAGUETE’S COLOURFUL REEFS SHOULD NOT BE OVERLOOKED AND PASSING PELAGICS INCLUDING BARRACUDA, TURTLES AND SCHOOLING FISH ARE ALSO A HIGHLIGHT.

Known as “the City of Gentle People”, Dumaguete is home to around 120,000 locals and has a cozy small town vibe. This friendly destination is ideal for those who want to combine excellent muck diving with the chance to experience the Filipino way of life. This chilled out sea front town offers nearby trekking, gardens, hot springs and easily accessible coral reef islands. You’ll find everything you need to soak up the culture in comfort.

THE PROJECT: Work together with coral reef scientists and assist them in gathering research data.

This expedition is open to all members. Non-members can contact Blue Endeavors for more information.