BONAIRE CORAL REEF RESTORATION Nueva School EXPEDITION

Feb. 13th, 2020 - Feb. 22nd, 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.

 
 
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LOCATION: Bonaire

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.

Vince says the turtles are very friendly in Bonaire


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.

At Nueva, 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 STINAPA Junior Rangers, a local group of students committed to learning about and protecting the marine environment. Through learning about their program, spending time getting to know them, and collaborating on data collection for a REEF survey we hope to build bonds between our communities. As we venture on this expedition, we hope to build the capacity of Nueva students to lead with empathy, be civically astute, and use their unique voices to address the issues that matter to them.

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Shuttle to Buddy’s Dive resort and get settled.

Day 2: Friday 

  • Bonaire Marine Park Orientation

  • 2 Dives (Open water students will start the training dives)

Day 3: Saturday 

  • 2 -3 Dives (Open water students will complete training dives)

  • 1st Night Dive

Day 4: Sunday 

  • 2 -3 Dives

  • Coral Reef Restoration training

 Day 5: Monday 

  • 2-3 Dives

  • Coral Reef Restoration training

  • STINAPA Junior Rangers Activities (Conservation Projects)

  • 2nd Night Dive

Day 6: Tuesday 

  • 2-3 Dives

  • Coral Reef Restoration training

Day 7: Wednesday 

  • 2-3 Dives

  • STINAPA Junior Rangers Activities

Day 8: Thursday 

2-3 Dives

  • STINAPA Junior Rangers Activities

Day 9: Friday 

No diving prior to return flight

  • Island excursion (drive around island and explore island parks and features)

Day 10: Saturday 

  • Return flight

THE DIVE RESORT:

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 - 4 students to 1 dive leader ratio

  • Nueva School Chaperones

  • Coral Reef Restoration Training and Certification

    Accommodations in a fully equipped apartment

  • Rental vehicles, insurance and gas

  • Unlimited nitrox fills

  • Boat dives and shore diving

  • Breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner meal plans

  • Air Travel w/ 1 check in bag

  • Airport Transfers

  • Government taxes

  • Resort staff gratuity

  • Rental dive equipment beyond basic dive gear

  • Marine park fee

  • Boat to Klein Bonaire w/ the Jr. Rangers

  • Dive insurance

Not included:

  • Extra baggage fees beyond 1 bag

  • Travel insurance (Highly Recommended)

  • Snacks from the local supermarket

  • Open Water pool and academic training & optional advanced classes (These will be available to students at a discounted rate and discussed during the dive orientation meetings)

  • Basic dive equipment. A discounted gear package will be offered to students at over 40% off


FLIGHT:

AMERICAN2688 13FEB SAN FRANCISCO-MIAMI 1035P 727A+1

AMERICAN1379 14FEB MIAMI-BONAIRE 1205P 413P

AMERICAN1379 22FEB BONAIRE-MIAMI 505P 715P

AMERICAN2280 22FEB MIAMI-SAN FRANCISCO 935P1233A+1 

COST:

Blue Endeavors is donating the cost of the basic dive training and dive leadership in Bonaire to reduce the expedition cost to Nueva School parents. Additionally they are supporting the local Caribbean students by providing dive equipment for those students working in conservation. Please contact vince@blue-endeavors.org if you are interested in supporting more students with financial aid.

Cost per student: $5153.86

Early bird pricing: Save $350 if paid in full by Oct. 1st, 2019


Trip Cancelation: All deposits and payments may be refunded 100% for any reason provided the expedition runs with a full group paid in full. Travel insurance is highly recommended for reimbursement for medical and other events beyond the student’s control.