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St. George’s Caye Coral Reef Research (Snorkeling)

Work together with researchers to monitor coral reef ecosystem health at St. George's Caye.

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Volunteer on this 8-day program and work side-by-side with researchers to collect data on Belize's outstanding coral reef ecosystems. The goal of the program is to collect ecological data on the patch reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves within the proposed St. George's Caye Underwater Archaeology Reserve. Participants will stay at the ECOMAR research station and field school on St. George's Caye and make daily monitoring excursions with researchers. Educational evening presentations will inform you about local research and conservation efforts. One our final day we will visit nearby Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Only snorkeling experience is needed to participate; volunteers will be trained in the use of equipment and sampling techniques.

Trip Dates & Cost

2016: Dates to be announced. Contact us to inquire.


Linda Searle is a conservation biologist and educator who coordinates marine conservation programs in Belize through ECOMAR, a nonprofit founded in 1996 to promote “conservation through education." She holds a master's degree in marine biology from Nova Southeastern University and bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Miami. Her research interests include coral reefs, sea turtles, and more.


Day 1: Arrival
Transfer to St. George's Caye. After lunch there will be a check-out snorkel at the sand bar.

Day 2: Reef Surveys
Survey coral reefs

Day 3: Seagrass Surveys
Survey seagrass beds

Day 4: Mangrove Surveys
Survey mangroves

Day 5: Reef Surveys
Survey coral reefs

Day 6: Seagrass and Mangrove Surveys
Survey grass beds and mangroves

Day 7: Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Day 8: Departure


Throughout the program, participants will stay at the St George's Caye Research Station & Field School run by ECOMAR, which offers basic but comfortable accommodations in double rooms or bunk rooms, with shared bathrooms (no hot water).

Three meals are prepared daily; they feature local and international dishes and are served buffet style. The meals are so good that many visitors ask for the recipes to take home!

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