Mexico Marine Conservation Expedition

  • 28Day(s)
  • Trip Code: STGVIMEX

Wake up to azure Carribean waters and sublime rays - would you want to be anywhere else? Soak up Mexico's way of life while joining forces with this conservation project based on the world's second largest barrier reef. During this project you will be monitoring the coral reef, turtles and the vast array of fish that live in the tropical waters of Mexico.


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Soak up Mexico's way of life while joining forces with this conservation project based on the world's second-largest barrier reef. Based close to Playa del Carmen, you will help with coral reef and tropical fish monitoring, seasonal turtle nesting surveys and developing sustainable programmes. Your work will contribute to the long-term survival of the reef. Plus, you will get to visit and teach English in local schools whilst raising environmental awareness. As well as learning a variety of marine skills, there is also the opportunity to learn to dive to a certified, internationally recognised level, up to PADI Advanced Diver. And when you are not diving in the crystal-clear waters, immerse yourself in the area's surviving Mayan culture or visit tropical forests to seek out jaguars, pumas and monkeys. Come the weekend, relax and party with your new friends at the Saturday night fiesta! Please note: You will spend the majority of your time on this expedition scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water, or equivalent. Non divers can join for 8- and 12-week durations, the project will supply you with all the training you need to be certified up to PADI Advanced Diver. The 4-week duration is only open for divers already qualified to PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent. For non divers wishing to attend for 4-weeks, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.

A day in the life of a volunteer

A week in the life of a volunteer

The expedition offers a heap of exciting opportunities to volunteers, including the chance to immerse yourself in a remote tropical paradise that is one of the world`s few remaining truly pristine environments. You will be living it up within the biosphere reserve, working with two local projects and experiencing a new culture, food and way of life! While you will increase your personal knowledge of the tropical marine environment, its importance and the threats to it you can help increase both local and global knowledge and awareness. Learning a variety of marine survey skills within the tropical environment, you have the amazing opportunity to learn to dive to a certified, internationally recognised level (up to PADI Advanced Diver) On the project you will be trained as a diver specifically for research purposes and have the opportunity to increase your dive qualifications, depending on conditions. If you are lucky you will see turtles, dolphins, manatees and sting rays up close in their natural environment. Additionally you will have the chance to assist in both the child and adult marine education and awareness programmes; visiting and teaching within the local schools, restaurants, the expedition base and the open marine environment. You will assist in the development of the Ecological Research and Awareness Centre. In your free time you have a lot of choices of Optional excursions and you can visit beautiful lowland tropical forests to seek out threatened species such as jaguar, puma, tapir, white-tailed deer, howler monkey, spider monkey, anteater, ocellated turkey, great curassow, toucan and king vulture and over 300 species of bird. Of course you be also able to immerse yourself in the surviving Mayan culture of the area and visit remote and untouched Mayan archaeological sites, as well as more famous sites like Tulum and Coba. On the final day of the expedition, volunteers will be transferred back to Playa del Carmen.

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0333 321 0099

0333 321 0099


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  • Mexico

Is this for me?

  • Trip Style: Volunteer
  • Physical Demands: You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.

What's included?

- All food and accommodation
- Airport transfers (if arriving between 18.00-23.00 the night before the start date)
- PADI Open Water (84n and 56n volunteers) and Advanced Open Water (84n, 56n, and 28n volunteers)
- PADI Coral Reef Researcher specialty and heavily dependent on research discounted further dive training
- Emergency First Aid course
- 24-hour in-country support