Pauly and the entire staff are extremely caring and knowledgable. I completed my open water and felt safe and confident. Super cool spot, great food, great people, and great guests. A must do dive vacation.
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Feel the thrill of swimming with a whale shark, the excitement of spearing the invasive lionfish, and the satisfaction in helping the marine environment. Reef Conservation International (ReefCI) dive trips are a unique opportunity to protect the reef ecosystem by directly participating in our ongoing marine conservation projects! Learn to dive or further your dive qualifications; everyone contributes regardless of their experience. World class diving, plentiful home cooked food, and fun friendly people await you.
What We Offer
ReefCI offers a unique marine conservation diving experience – an all-inclusive Monday thru Friday diving and marine conservation trip on a small private island in the Caribbean Sea situated on the Belize Barrier Reef. It is a great place for those wanting to make a difference through our hands-on marine conservation programs.
Your all-inclusive package includes:
- 5 days/4 nights on private island in the Caribbean off coast of Belize
- 3 meals daily during dive week
- 3 daily dives (with at least one night dive a week)
- Training for conservation work and participation in our programs
- Island transfers to and from island
- Diving equipment (excluding wetsuits, booties, masks and snorkels)
- Accommodations while on the island
What is not included:
- Flights to Placencia, Belize
- Wetsuits, booties, masks, snorkels
- Dive manuals for PADI training courses
- Sapodilla Caye Marine Park Fees: 25 USD per week
Who We Are
As one of the leading non-profit marine conservation organizations of Belize, ReefCI has been developing and working on a wide variety of marine conservation projects and sharing our passion for marine conservation and diving with divers from around the world for over 13 years. ReefCI dive trips are a unique opportunity to learn about the marine environment and to help protect and conserve this precious resource while having a fun vacation/holiday.
Where We Dive
ReefCI is located on a beautiful, idyllic remote private island that is part of the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve Park, located in southern Belize. Our island, Tom Owens Caye, is a true ‘castaway’ coral caye island located directly on the Belize Barrier Reef. The island is about 1½ acres and has a large living area, great views and lots of hammock space. All of our divers upon arrival tell us that the photos do not do the island justice! It really is a perfect Caribbean paradise.
Why Choose Us?
Looking for something different than an ordinary dive trip? The majority of people who dive with ReefCI are passionate about marine conservation, environmental issues, species protection, and coral reefs and want to give something back. Everyone contributes regardless of his or her background and experience. Not a diver? No problem, we certify new divers too! You will be exploring a whole new world and helping to protect it as well. Interested in furthering your dive qualifications, we do that too!
PADI Dive Courses Offered
- PADI Open Water Certification – $150 USD (3 days)
- PADI Advanced Open Water Certification – $200 USD (1 week)
- PADI Rescue Diver Certification – $250 USD (1 week)
- PADI Dive Master Certification – $400 USD (4 week minimum stay)
- PADI Specialty Course: Invasive Lionfish – $100 USD (3 days)
- PADI Specialty Course: Coral Reef Conservation – $100 USD (3 days)
- PADI Specialty Course: Fish Identification – $100 USD (3 days)
- PADI Specialty Course: Deep Diver – $100 USD (3 days)
- PADI Specialty Course: Emergency First Response – $100 USD (2 days)
What are you waiting for? Come join us on the island for a unique and unforgettable marine conservation experience of great diving, amazing food, and fun!
I went to ReefCI as a conservation vacation. I had an incredibly relaxing time while still learning about the ecology and improving my dive skills. I can’t recommend this experience enough to people who like to get off the beaten track. The island was beautiful, quiet and relaxing. The diving was great and NEVER CROWDED. I have been to other dive sites where it is like an underwater traffic jam and here it is just your group which is a rare treat. The draw of the amazing food is not to be underestimated, one of the main things I look forward to when travelling is eating new things. The people I met were all very interesting and well travelled and gave me so many cool ideas for future trips. The whole experience was just so positive and well rounded I can’t imagine anyone not having a once in a lifetime experience there.
We had an excellent, thorough Open Water course. We felt extremely knowledgeable and confident with our new skills. Simon did a great job going over our knowledge reviews, quizzes, and final exam with us each step of the way checking for our understanding. Simon was also very clear on explaining (during dive briefings above water) and demonstrating (under the water) skills we had to perform as well as patient and reassuring during our execution of the skills.
We also did the Advanced Open Water Course: Polly did a great job with our dive briefings, being very clear on exactly what we would do during each dive. She carried an ease with her that translated into us being okay with whatever came next under the water.
We were given an excellent overview of several species and issues surrounding their niche in their habitat including the parrotfish, lion fish, lobster, conch, triggerfish, Nassau grouper, and others. We focused on the Queen Conch for most of our conservation training and learned how to take various measurements of them. We enjoyed being able to work together to take actual data and see our training come alive in the field.
We enjoyed our diving so much. Each dive was amazing Each time I thought, “Wow, that was a once in a lifetime experience!”
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