You get to dive the famous but least studied Bajo Bushnell!”
||Monitoring Isla Fuerte´s coral reefs is always a surprising experience. Meet at Monteria´s airport, take a van to the coastal town of Paso Nuevo, then embark in a small boat for a 20-min drive to the small and isolated Isla Fuerte. This island is exposed to all kinds of environmental pressures affecting oceans today (e.g. overfishing, sedimentation, and pollution) which highlights the need to evaluate their effect on coral reef health. Despite this, the coral reef area still shows high live coral cover, great structural complexity, and low prevalence of coral diseases, which shows us Isla Fuerte´s coral reefs have a high potential for recovery and resilience.
The Isla Fuerte Reef Check is your opportunity to evaluate the health of Colombia´s southernmost insular coral reefs, experience first-hand in hand the strong relationship an island community has with coral reefs, and be surprised of how nature tries to resist for survival. One last point: you get to dive the famous but least studied Bajo Bushnell and if the time is right, we get to enjoy the Annual Turtle Conservation Festival!
Looking to get certified as a Reef Check EcoDiver Trainer? The Reef Checks surveys completed on this expedition will help you qualify for your Reef Check trainer course as well as continue your meaningful diving development as a responsible diver!
As a Reef Check expedition team member you can expect to:
Experience and monitor the health of a coral reef in a very remote island while you enjoy an incredible local community.
Monitor coral reefs under the leadership and guidance of experienced coral reef scientists, and assist with updating national and international databases (e.g. INVEMAR, Reef Check) with information on the condition of surveyed coral reefs.
Participate in various cultural and socio-ecological activities where you get to experience the strong dependency of island communities on healthy coral reefs. Mingle with the local community of Isla Fuerte, walk around the island, visit the Walking tree and lush mangrove forest,. and of course, enjoy the local and local cuisine and music.
Meet more people like you who are committed to improving their diving experience and making of their passion an opportunity to leave a legacy.
|¿WHERE DO WE MEET?
||Los Garzones Airport, Monteria. .
|¿WHAT DOES THE EXPEDITION COVER?
Field training and supervision by team scientist according to level
Transfer from/to Monteria Airport to Isla Fuerte
Accommodation and meals
Nine (9) SCUBA dives: Eight (8) Day dives (6 boat and 2 beach dives) and one Night dive.
Dive equipment for members
|¿WHAT IS NOT COVERED?
Airfare to/from Monteria
Dive equipment for non-members
|¿WHEN DOES IT TAKE PLACE?
||1 – 5 Jul 2021 | 16 – 20 Jun 2022 | 15 – 19 Jun 2023
|¿WHAT´S THE DURATION?
||4 Nights/5 Days
|¿ONLY FOR SCUBA DIVERS?
||Yes. If you are not yet a certified divers contact us to discuss your options.
|¿WHAT REEF CHECK LEVELS CAN JOIN?
||Certified Reef Check EcoDiver | Discover Reef Check EcoDivers.
¿Not an EcoDiver Yet?
If you are not one yet, you can start your training today by signing up for the Reef Check EcoDiver Course and then join as a Reef Check EcoDiver candidate to complete your certification in coral reef monitoring during the expedition. However, you must complete and pass the knowledge component before joining this field program. Sign up for the Reef Check EcoDiver e-learning program today!
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