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Work alongside conservationists and researchers, and dive with sharks in a controlled environment. Dispel negative myths surrounding sharks and discover how they're vital to ocean ecosystems.

Observe bull, lemon and tiger sharks, all on a single dive. At the Shark Reef Marine Reserve, dispel the myths that surround sharks and observe multiple species in a controlled setting. Learn all about shark biology and behavior. Contemplate their incredible survival over the past 400 million years and discuss their future. Even assist with research and conservation efforts. In Fiji, the study of sharks isn't limited to the ocean. In a Fijian village, listen to locals tell stories of Dakuwaqa, the ancient Shark God.

Develop a greater understanding of these beautiful and often misunderstood creatures. And discover a newfound love and respect for the Fijian people and their islands. On this extraordinary South Pacific adventure, you’ll acquire so much more than just college credit.

June 21 - July 14 HS24 days$7,280Limited
July 11 - August 3 HS24 days$7,280Available
July 18 - August 10 HS24 days$7,280Available
Earn & Learn
Fiji: Shark Studies Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn internationally recognized certifications, documented community service hours and even college credits. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.

Fiji Shark Studies offers 3 natural science college credits through Lesley University. Additionally, students earn 8 hours of documented community service and may pursue 1 PADI scuba certification.

  • PADI Open Water or equivalent certification
  • Must be at least 15 years old


Course Description

This course is a survey of the natural history, biology, behavior, ecological and social importance, threats and conservation of sharks. Coursework will consist of both academic discussions and field work designed to introduce you to the methods and equipment that researchers commonly use for shark research. Although the characteristics and ecology of local shark species will be stressed, we will also examine global populations and their relationships with humans.

Course Objectives
  • Examine sharks and their relatives from an interdisciplinary perspective that will include comparative anatomy, physiology, ecology, animal behavior, conservation, and related international policy
  • Survey similarities and differences among major shark groupings and what characteristics distinguish them, including a side-by-side comparison of differences between bony fishes and cartilaginous fishes
  • Understand the importance of diversity and apex predators in maintaining “top-down control” and thus, the ecological health of tropical marine systems
  • Examine the use of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), with a specific focus on the Shark Reef Marine Reserve (SRMR), in shark conservation and the importance of connectivity of marine habitats for protection of mobile marine animals
  • Understand the importance of sharks and their role in Fijian culture


During this 24-day adventure in marine science, students will enhance their diving skills by completing 24+ scuba dives, for which they may earn certifications including:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver


Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. In Fiji, work with the Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Fiji’s first MPA dedicated to researching and preserving a local shark population. Collect data for the Marine Reserve’s database, which is used for ongoing research in areas such as population dynamics, species interactions and shark conservation biology. The projects give you the opportunity to become engaged members of the community by working with local stakeholders and neighboring villages for a common goal.

  • Collect and input data for Shark Reef Marine Reserve database
  • Assist with maintenance and rebuilding projects at a local school
  • Collect fish abundance data to add to the REEF Database

1 Certifications

8 Service Hours

3 College Credits

Fiji: Shark Studies Itinerary


scuba diving for teens

As you land in Fiji, the magnificent vistas barely prepare you for the adventure ahead. Eager to get in the water, head to Pacific Harbour for an orientation and introduction to the Shark Reef Marine Reserve, recently established to protect and study the resident population of sharks, and in turn aid in the long-term conservation of sharks worldwide. Structured dives offer divers and researchers the unique opportunity to watch these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.

marine biology sharks

Under the instruction of professional researchers, observe and study shark biology, behavior and physiology, as well as the physical characteristics of the resident sharks of the SRMR. Scuba dive with silvertip, grey reef, black tip reef, bull and tawny nurse sharks. Experience the thrill of studying these amazing creatures up close as they cruise along the reef slope and ledge that drops off into the abyss of the Beqa Passage. Collect and input data on resident sharks, noting how many species of sharks you see on dives, the male to female ratio, who fed and which members of the named population showed up. Begin to identify the different sharks by name– Hook, Crook, Big Mamma, Lindsay (named after a Broadreach instructor) and Blackbeard, and perhaps have the chance to name one yourself. Learn about the relationship between the reserve and local villages, and how the project overcame challenges to create a successful balance between shark conservation, dive tourism, the interests of village fisherman, the local economy and the government.

marine science for teens

After a warm welcome and formal introduction to the chief by the village spokesman, partake in a kava ceremony and feast at a traditional lovo while listening to locals tell stories of the ancient Shark God, the fierce Dakuwaqa. Take part in meke, traditional Fijian singing and dancing, and soak in the rich cultural experience. Learn about village pastimes such as cooking, weaving and dancing. Play games with the friendly local children and give back to this beautiful place by assisting with a service learning project. Venture to the Fijian captial of Suva, with it’s museums and vibrant markets, and immerse yourself in this unique culture.

padi shark diver certification

Back at the SRMR, continue your shark studies as you compile, summarize and discuss surveys and field research for your final project. Talk about the role of sharks in the food chain and how they are critical to ocean ecosystems. Examine the negative impact of longline fishing, as well as the misrepresentation of sharks from Hollywood movies to folk tales and myths. Take a break from shark diving and enjoy the vibrant reef life Fiji has to offer. Soft coral dives in the Beqa Lagoon abound with over 250 species of fish from tiny critters to large pelagics. Encounter blue ribbon eel, lionfish, jacks, giant groupers, octopus and scorpionfish on unforgettable dives.

study abroad sharks in Fiji

Complete your trip with a visit to a river village and a whitewater journey down the the Middle Navua River on an inflatable kayak. The roaring rapids cascade down a stunning canyon lined with black lava rock, vibrant jungle and dazzling waterfalls. A feast on your final night gives you the opportunity to celebrate all you have learned and experienced on this extraordinary South Pacific adventure.

high school shark studies in fiji
  • Trip Highlights

  • Study shark physiology, habitats, conservation and myths
  • Scuba dive with sharks while collecting data for your own research project
  • Collaborate with local researchers to combat the misrepresentation of sharks in the media
  • Observe sharks alongside octopus, eel and lionfish in their bright, coral habitats
  • Learn about the cultural and historical connection between sharks and Fijian culture
  • Journey down the Middle Navua River in inflatable kayaks and visit a traditional Fijian village
Fiji: Shark Studies Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Cheryl and Lee Cherney from Delray Beach, FL

Once again, Merry had an amazing summer with Broadreach. The diving surpassed her expectations, the academics were rewarding and the trip leaders were superior. Every aspect of the process from the sign-up to the trip execution was well thought out and planned. My daughter has seen the world, made amazing friends, experienced different cultures, and developed a passion for SCUBA diving with a first rate operation. I would certainly recommend your programs. I am once again amazed that Merry returned home from her “best summer yet”. That is always her quote after her trips, and each year her experience seems to outdo the last.

James R. Johnson from Atlanta, GA

This was a very valuable experience for Mary Morgan. She matured socially, having to get to know well 11 strangers. She also developed a heightened sense of conservation and an appreciation for the Fijian culture. She liked the local dive operators very much and the village people. She was absolutely thrilled with the quality of the diving. She is normally shy and quiet, but she was absolutely energized by the dives, especially the wreck dives. This trip had the right balance of safety and excitement. It required her to be tough and didn’t coddle her, but she also felt comfortable and secure.

Christina and Ernst Bruderer from Hilton Head Island, SC

I highly recommend the Broadreach programs to any family. There was not one time when I felt Broadreach did not perform at its best. Safety and security are always top concerns. My son participated in a Broadreach program for the second year in a row and would do it again. We are definitely going to “spread the word” about your awesome programs!

Christine and Robert Holo from New York, NY

The trip was wonderful, the diving was awesome, the instructors were smart, nice and helpful, and the other kids were all friendly. The process was also very smooth from my perspective. The Broadreach team was always responsive and helpful. Great job! The leaders on Johanna’s boat were amazing. Johanna had only wonderful things to say about them. I hope you hire them again next year. They did everything right!

Katie Morrison from Napanee, ON

This trip was my 4th Broadreach trip and it was by far my favorite! The mixture of shark diving, soft coral diving and cultural experiences was perfect. The academics were challenging and a lot of learning that was nothing short of worth it! This is one of Broadreach’s best trips!

Garnett Swain

My shark studies trip was fantastic! Being so close to the sharks completely changed my perspective and the academic portion made me realize how important sharks are to the entire world, not just the ocean. I also really enjoyed the complete submersion in the Fijian culture. My homestay family was very welcoming and I enjoyed every moment I spent with them. Hiking up to the waterfall and playing games with the children are only some of the unforgettable experiences I had in Beqa. The people on my trip were great, my instructors were professional and really fun to be around. I’ve come to realize that the instructors on all Broadreach trips are the very best. I made wonderful friends on my trip that made the program so much more exciting and enjoyable. There are so many countless memories that were made on my trip that I will remember forever.

Haley McHugh from Wilton, CT

This trip was truly life-changing. Fiji is full of breathtaking views and beautiful people that treat you like family. I learned so much about the culture and, of course, the sharks. The dives were beyond my wildest dreams, with sharks coming so close that I could have reached out and touched them. There was work, but if you have a passion for marine life it is actually quite fun and interesting. And the instructors were absolutely amazing. I will never forget the friendships I made and the experiences I had.

Charlotte Yeh from Dedham, MA

We were so impressed by the social, educational and personal growth our daughter gained in such a short time that has sustained itself in the months since her return. I have seen a new passion for the oceans and for cultures past and present that has enriched her appreciation of others.

Erin O'Reilly

This trip was absolutely amazing! I loved the homestay, funyaking, and all of the shark dives! This trip really expanded my knowledge of sharks and marine eco-systems as a whole. I loved every minute of it, and will never forget all of the friends I made and all of our incredible memories. I hope everyone who goes on this trip in the future has the same amazing experience that I had!

Forrest Floyd

Shark Studies was a great trip. I was expecting to see a few sharks but instead I saw at least fifty every day if not more. The village stay was great and the locals were loads of fun. If you are interested in sharks I would highly recommend this trip.

Helen Downes from New York, NY

This trip was truly exceptional. I learned about the world we live in and how to help it, and the shark dives elevated the learning experience to a while new level. I never thought I’d be able to study sharks so close up and have gained a new appreciation for these vulnerable animals. Our group was welcomed into Fiji with open arms, creating a home for us here. Now I can go home with unbelievable stories, an open mind and the passion to make a difference in the world.

Julia Griessmann

This trip really opened my eyes to the Fijian culture and increased my respect for sharks and marine life. I love that this trip has academic portions mixed with the diving, because then you get to learn about what you dive with each day. The culture here is so interesting and the Fijians are so nice. I met so many awesome people. I know I want to major in Marine Biology, and cant wait to learn more about the ocean and its inhabitants.

Maddy B. from Montreal, Canada

Fiji Shark Studies was absolutely life-changing. Almost every day we went on shark dives then learned about them in the afternoon, furthering our understanding of what we observed in the dives. We had the chance to visit the local international school and run around with children, as well as stay in a village on Beqa Island, where we met perhaps the most generous, welcoming, and incredible people I have ever had the privilege to interact with. We heard stories about Fijian culture and laughed hysterically with the dive staff while warming up on surface intervals, sipping on hot tea and eating cookies. I was constantly amazed and beyond belief of how much fun the academics were and can say without a doubt that I have made friendships that will last a lifetime.

Laura Reul

This was unlike anything I’ve experienced before. Every aspect about this program was planned exceptionally well to make my trip a trip of a lifetime. Some of my favorite moments are the village stays at Beqa Island, the spectacular diving, and the exploring of beautiful Fiji. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone interested in a trip they will treasure for the rest of his/her life.

Linda Scalf-McIver from Tampa, FL

This is a first-class experientially based program for teens that helps them become better stewards of the earth, themselves, and each other. Our daughter can’t stop talking about it!

Julia Packman

This trip was one of the best experiences of my life. We got to dive everyday with the welcoming and smiling staff at the dive shop, and swim with the most majestic creatures. In addition, we got to experience the culture of the island through village stays, kava ceremonies, and service. Fiji is one of the most amazing places in the world, and I honestly wish I could repeat this program again.

Mia Silbert from Austin, TX

Everything about this trip was amazing. Probably one of the best Broadreach trips one could do if you love to dive and are interested in sharks at all. The diving was incredible, as was getting to learn about sharks and what truly amazing creatures they are. It really has made me think about whether or not I am making sustainable choices. Also it was incredible to be immersed in and learn about Fijian culture.

Kelsey C. from Charleston, SC

This experience was amazing and anyone that loves the ocean will enjoy this trip. Learning and simultaneously diving with sharks is a rare and amazing experience. This course helped me decide that I want to be involved with sharks and the ocean for the rest of my life. I learned so much about sharks and can’t wait to learn more in the future. The diving was a blast and the local dive staff are so friendly. This experience was so memorable and I cannot recommend it more.

Maggie R. from Gloucester, MA

Fiji Shark Studies is the first Broadreach trip I have ever done and I am completely satisfied with the outcome. Not many 17-year-olds can say they’ve gone diving with up to 60 bull sharks at the best shark dive in the WORLD. I had an amazing time getting to know the culture of Fiji as well as making some great new friends. I will never forget my time in Fiji thanks to this trip and the amazing people who run it.

Margaret Loncki

This trip was amazing! Fiji was awesome and being able to do over 20 shark dives was incredible. Our homestay in Beqa was so much fun and everyone was so nice. The local dive shop was amazing and I loved the staff. I learned so much about the sharks and I want to do more with them in the future. The instructors were amazing and I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Marley K. from Greenwich, CT

I was a little nervous to dive with sharks, but I soon became fascinated by everything about them. The dives were amazing, as were the staff at the dive shop. I learned so much more about the ocean and Fiji. I met other kids that shared my love for Marine Biology and it was great to spend time with them. This trip went above all expectations I had and it is definitely something I will remember for the rest of my life.

Margaret Bruck

This being my second Broadreach trip, I can say that they have successfully changed my life, twice. First, sparking my passion for travelling and seeing the world, and second, helping me decide that I would like to become a shark biologist. Thank you Broadreach, for yet another amazing summer.

Mathew Andrade

Chance of a lifetime. If you love sharks you will be stunned beyond belief. The experiences can be life changing and you will never forget this trip.

Karl Johansson

This trip was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve made so many new friends that I think will last for a while. Seeing the massive bull sharks on the dives was mind-blowing. Staying with the villages was the coolest thing ever. I love my Fijian family and I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone.

Megan Buras from Kailua, HI

This trip was amazing. We learned about sharks, Fijian culture and the environment. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. I’ve never seen so much soft coral in my life. From drift diving, to shark diving, to exploring the capital of Fiji and visiting a traditional village, this trip was an incredible experience.

Paige R. from New York, NY

Having previously done a Broadreach trip, I had a general idea of what I thought this trip would be like. I was nervous about the academics, excited for the shark dives, and hopeful of a group that would get along well. This trip has exceeded all my expectations. The academics were challenging but incredibly rewarding. I loved learning so much information in such a short amount of time and being able to apply that knowledge while we observed the diverse and abundant marine life on both our shark dives and coral reef dives. During the shark dives I sat there in awe as 50 bull sharks scrambled for the same tuna head, or when the white tip reef sharks would swim inches away from your face and brush you with their tail.

Perri Rappaport from Bethesda, MD

This is probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. You get to dive with sharks everyday and also experience the Fijian culture. Everything we did was amazing and the trip was very well organized. The instructors and the group were all amazing people.

Rebecca Flowers

Fiji Shark Studies is nothing like anything you’ve ever experienced before. The people you met are so kind and amazing, the culture is so rich, the sharks are so gentle, the conservation efforts are so apparent, and the work is so inspiring. In all honesty, this trip changed my life. This is what I want to do. For me, to study sharks is my best possible future. Broadreach gave that to me.

Sander Elliott

This trip was my first Broadreach trip, and it was absolutely amazing. I loved diving with sharks, being emerged in Fijian culture and making great new friends. The soft coral dives were fantastic as well and the dive shop staff were so welcoming and they became like a second family to us. In all it was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.

Stephanie Hopp from Los Angeles, CA

We are all so sad to leave, yet smile when we reflect on all of the fun times we have had here. From our first shark and coral dives to whitewater kayaking, we have all had the time of our lives. Learning about sharks, their ecosystems and conservation, has increased our knowledge of these mysterious marine animals within such a short period of time.

Sydney B. from Darien, CT

Fiji shark studies is a truly unbelievable experience. Shark diving is such an awe-inspiring thing that really opens your eyes to the world, both above and below the surface. In addition to the sharks, the Fijian people are so welcoming and really make you part of their family. I cannot wait to come back to Fiji!

Tessa Peixoto

This trip was amazing to discover the Fijian culture, language, and the diving. You feel so welcome and the second you land in Fiji making the trip have so much more flow. The village, and everything, was fabulous.

Marko J. from Overland Park, KS

Fiji is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever dreamed of and Broadreach allowed me to actually appreciate it instead of staying at a resort. Trust me, you might see the word “shark” in the title and think “I’m scared of those evil animals” but they are so much more than that and through this trip I was able to discover their beauty, sophistication, and power. Don’t be dissuaded by your fears, face them head on and dive with sharks and immerse yourself in Fijian culture. It’s the trip of a lifetime, don’t miss out on the chance to experience it.

Cindy Gilston

Justin had a wonderful time on the trip. He enjoyed the diving, living arrangements, and the course study. I think the way the program was arranged gave him a nice variety of experiences and allowed for a great deal of independence and personal growth. I would definitely recommend Broadreach and the shark study program.

Audria Dennen

The exoticness and magic of Fiji brought to the trip something a little extra- and shark diving was incredible. You get to do something most people never, ever will, and that’s irreplaceable.

Jo Holo

This trip was amazing. Everything was great, but I especially loved the village stay in Beqa and the academics. Learning new things was one reason the trip was so worthwhile.

Will Rittenhouse

Diving with sharks was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The homestay experience taught me a lot about myself. Overall, an incredible trip. I can’t wait to come back next year.

Fiji: Shark Studies FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?

Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

How does travel work?

For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.

How does Broadreach address safety?

Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance?

We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.

Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $339-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.

Who will my instructors be?

Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).

Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?

We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.

Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?

Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.

How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is non-refundable and is due 4 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).

What do the academics involve? How do college credits work? What if I don’t take the program for credit?

Academics will vary by program but usually include journals, discussions, lectures, research projects, and a midterm and final exam. We expect all of our students to participate fully in the academic course work on our programs, regardless of whether they have chosen to take it for official college credit.

We partner with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA to offer college credit for our academic high school and college programs. Those credits are widely accepted at colleges and universities all over North America, and we can often let you know if an alumni student has transferred those credits to a specific school in the past. For more details, click here.

Do you offer any discounts or scholarships?

In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts– please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please call our office for more information on applying.

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