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 kind of ecological 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 to our fight 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!