¿What is Corales de Paz?

Meaningful DivingCorales de Paz is meaningful diving (Buceo con Propósito). In everything we do, you have the opportunity to express your alter ego. We are convinced that each of us has a scientist, an explorer, a leader, a superhero. We create opportunities and activities where you can express this other version of yourself. With us you can go beyond having fun, you can leave a legacy, you can get the inspiration to be the change necessary for the conservation of coral reefs.

We are truly a family of citizens of the world, united by our dedication to generating a positive social and ecological impact. The root of our success is the commitment to invest in actions based on science and social impact, so scientific rigor and solidarity are fundamental to our operations. By practicing the scientific method in each of our projects, we actively engage citizens in research and environmental conservation actions. The time and money that our participants contribute when taking one of our programs, facilitate the conservation and research of the coastal marine ecosystems in which we operate. Always guided by a team of professionals passionate about science, nature, and community life, we create momentum to achieve our vision of sustainable coral reefs for the benefit of all of us.

¿What is Meaningful Diving?

Meaningful diving (Buceo con Propósito) is our philosophy of diving for marine conservation. In Corales de Paz we see and practice diving as a nature conservation tool, promoter of social development in coastal areas, and also a vehicle for change and mobilization of our society.

Meet Our Team

Isla Fuerte Reef CheckWe are a diverse group of people, committed to making coral reefs thrive for all.

Using the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals as a guide, Corales de Paz seeks to strengthen and maintain national and international efforts to conserve the ecosystem services provided by coral reefs and other coastal marine ecosystems in such a way that these efforts promote natural recovery, adaptation, and the construction of functional reefs in the face of climate change.

In the exercise of our mission, Corales de Paz has reached 9 locations, in 6 countries around the world, with our own staff and aligned with the practice of citizen science, as well as the objectives of local partners. Our commitment to running high-quality, large-scale citizen science and coral restoration programs has earned us the recognition of numerous organizations such as Conservation International, Nature Seychelles, the Coral Restoration Consortium, the University of Milano-Bicocca, the Marine and Research Higher Education Center (MaRHE), and Manchester Metropolitan University. The work of our team and members has also been recognized by Semana Sostenible, Futuro Verde, Catorce6 and the World Economic Forum, among others.

¿Why Choose Us?

Citizen Science

We actively link citizens with scientists for research and conservation actions.

Meaningful Diving

Diving that goes beyond fun or training, that leaves a legacy, that inspires change.

You Add Up

Your time and money facilitate the conservation and research of coastal marine ecosystems.

Passionate People

All our team and participants are passionate about nature, traveling and science!

Join our family today and have the opportunity to express the scientist, the explorer, the superhero in you. Start practicing meaningful diving with more people like you.

Our Strategy for our Mission

Corales de Paz strategy

¿How Do We Use Our Funds?

Distribution of expenses

From our Director and Founder

Our Beginnings

Phanor H Montoya Maya
Phanor H Montoya Maya, Marine Biologist (Ph.D) and SCUBA Diving Instructor, Corales de Paz Director and Founder

It all started in 2003 when I founded Bucea Colombia, my very first attempt to join my passion for coral reef research and recreational diving. With Bucea Colombia, we involved recreational divers in reef check surveys, coral spawning expeditions, and provided training on research diving for non-scientists. Then, I was young, inexperienced, and full of passion more than structure. I realized that in order to have a bigger long-lasting impact I had to grow professionally, gain more experience, as well as explore other models and organizations. This realization sent me overseas for almost 10 years. I went to South Africa where I got my post-graduate degrees in marine research; I visited Kenya, Mozambique, and Seychelles and learned how scientific research was being funded by paid international volunteers; and, worked in Seychelles for the largest coral reef restoration project at the time. Everywhere I went, I met a lot of people who were not scientists but wanted to experience being one, a lot of divers who were tired of doing the same fun dives every time, and a lot of young researches who struggle to get professional experience or funding for their projects. I decided to return to Colombia in 2015 to apply all things learned and experienced. I called this new attempt Corales de Paz – as initially was a project to support Colombia´s peace agreements – and with it, I have been promoting meaningful diving – what I call this thing of recreational diving for marine research. Like me, I hope you find Corales de Paz and meaningful diving your opportunity to mix your passions too!

We work to achieve the

17 UN Sustainable Development Goals

Using the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals as a guide.