For the passionate, budding marine biologist, this program offers authentic opportunities to engage in the life of a researcher while earning scuba certifications and contributing to ongoing reef restoration efforts. It offers the unique opportunity to live at a research station while packing each day full of multiple shore-based dives. It’s perfect those students looking to apply their knowledge and love of the underwater world!Enroll Now Live Chat Schedule a Call
After landing at Curaçao’s International Airport, head directly to one of the largest marine research stations in the Caribbean (and your home for the next three weeks!). Hop into the warm, turquoise blue water and get ready to learn how to dive if you’ve never done it before, or go on some refresher dives if you’re already certified. Snorkel and dive in beautiful coral patch reefs and seagrass beds that host a variety of fish and invertebrate life including barracuda, parrotfish and butterflyfish. Let the adventure in marine biology begin!
The best way to learn about corals and fish is up close and in the water. The reefs of Curaçao are a rich ecosystem that is quickly accessible from shore. Take time to learn about the lionfish epidemic around the island, and how local stakeholders are fighting against invasive marine species. Learn how to recognize coral diseases and colonies experiencing bleaching and algal overgrowth. Analyze and discuss the feeding habits, life cycles, symbiotic relationships and ecological concerns of a coral reef system. Participate in a fish dissection. As your skills in the water progress, head out on wall dives. Check out a spectacular reef which drops dramatically from 35 to 6,000 feet, keeping your eyes peeled for angelfish and turtles cruising by.
Brimming with knowledge and fresh dive skills, participate in a Coral Research Foundation course and help replant vital staghorn and elkhorn corals on the reefs of Curaçao. Above water, the exploration continues with a visit to the historical center and cultural hub of Curaçao, Willemstad. Take a break from your studies to kayak the majestic mangrove systems that fringe the island and take a plunge into the stunning Blue Room cave.
Spend your last days in the Curaçao wrapping up your marine biology studies, enjoying some fun dives, paddleboarding and beach games. Celebrate your final night and all you have done as a group. In this beautiful setting, marvel at how much you’ve learned, explored and accomplished.