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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. 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. ReefCI has been developing and working on a wide variety of marine conservation projects and sharing our passion for marine conservation and diving with guests from around the world for over 13 yea... read more rs. ReefCI 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.
Our guests assist with our marine conservation initiatives. Our projects include general health of the coral reefs, commercial species, whale sharks, and our signature lionfish project. Lionfish are an invasive species destroying native fish populations and reefs in the Caribbean as these intruders have no natural predators. Our guests and staff remove roughly ten thousand every year through spearing and culling efforts! Most of our guests are non-scientist and no prior experience is necessary. Our trips are for people that want a great vacation but also want to put something back into the environment that they love! We take divers of all stripes and experience, people who want to learn to dive, singles, couples, and families. Our guest average 12-14 dives per 5 day week. We mix conservation dives with fun dives and the diving is incredible - fantastic wall dives and in 13 years we have NEVER shared a dive site!
World class diving, plentiful home cooked food, and fun friendly people await you.
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Boat Diving, Shore Diving
|Location||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. ReefCI is located on a picture-perfect 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 Re...Continue readingef. The island is 1½ acres with a max capacity of 17 guests per week. All of our guests upon arrival tell us that the photos do not do the island justice! Since we are located directly on the reef, all dive sites are only a 5-10 minute boat ride away and there is plenty of great shore diving too. It really is a perfect Caribbean paradise.|
|Instructors & Dive masters||
Meet our diverse team!
Frank Hachmann (Germany)
Willie Caal (Guatemala)
Smiley Smith (United Kingdom)
|Number of Dive Guides||3|
|Non-diving activities||We have lots to offer on the island for non-diving guests.
• Fishing from the island
• Conservation help (dissections, data collection)
• Great food
• Lots of hammock time!!
|Infrastructure||Bar, Classrooms, Shower, WC, Wi-Fi|
|PHYSICALlY DISABLED DIVERS||ReefCI is based on a remote island with no facilities for physically disabled divers.|
|Equipment Description||BCD's, regulators, and fins are included. We do suggest our guests bring their own masks and snorkels, booties and wetsuits for fit. All of our equipment is regularly serviced and in excellent condition. We have a regular compressor, we do not offer Nitrox. Our tanks are all regularly inspected and up to date with hydro testing.|
|Distance to nearest Deco Chamber||1760308.26 milli|
"Reef Conservation International One" is our 36 foot dive boat with a maximum capacity is 20 guests, we average 10-15 guests.
|Number of boats||1|
|Check-in time||Guests arrive at Placencia on a Saturday or Sunday and we leave for the island Monday mornings at 9:00 -9:30. We transfer our guests to the island on Monday mornings and return Friday.|
|Seasonality||January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, October, November, December|
|REQUIRED INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS||Certification Card, Date of birth, Date of last dive, Diving Insurance, Logbook, Medical Statement, Name in accordance with passport, Number of dives, Passport|
|Accepted Payment Methods||
American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, Visa Electron
|Read before you go||
Whale shark season/migration in Belize runs March-June; however, we do spot them year-round. In fact, a month has not gone by this year where we have not had a sighting; however, the frequency is much greater March thru June. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in Belize attracts one of the largest concentrations of whale sharks in the world. Moreover, the presence of the whale sharks is dependent on the health of the spawning fish aggregations. So there are man...Continue readingy factors that influence your chance of an encounter but your chances of seeing one at home are zero! So Belize is the perfect destination. Obviously, we can’t guarantee a sighting but keep your fingers crossed.
Each day will differ but you will be helping in the following areas:
• Lionfish population monitoring and control (spearing and dissecting lionfish)
• Queen Conch surveys
• Lobster surveys
• Commercial fish surveys
• Reef health surveys – ReefCI check & Coral watch
• Whale shark monitoring
• Coral reef bleaching and bio-diversity dives
• 6 AM: Dining area opens (example: fruit, biscuits, tea & coffee)
• 7:00 AM: Dive 1 (Conch conservation survey and data collection)
• 9 AM: Full Breakfast (example: eggs, pancakes, sausages, bacon beans, juice & coffee)
• 11:30 AM: Dive 2 (Fish I.D., commercial fish surveys)
• 1 PM: Lunch (example: burritos, chicken salad, quesadillas, sandwiches & nachos)
• 3 PM: Dive 3 (Invasive lionfish spearfishing)
• 6-7 PM: Drinks, Watch Sunset & Dinner (example: lionfish, lobster (in season) fish steaks, garlic shrimp, spaghetti bolognese, et al.) After this, we unwind watching the sunset over the sea
with drinks and great conversation. We promise endless fun, food, and provide numerous opportunities to make new friends.
Mosquitoes and Sandflies on the Island?
There are no mosquitoes or sand flies on our island! We are blessed due to our location 25 miles from the mainland, the strong trade winds, and the absence of fresh water and suitable breeding habitat on the island. A true island paradise!!
PADI Dive Courses Offered?
• PADI Open Water Certification – $100 USD
• PADI Advanced Open Water Certification – $150 USD
• PADI Rescue Diver Certification - $200 USD
• PADI Dive Master Certification (4 week minimum stay) - $400 USD
• PADI Specialty Course: Deep Diver - $100 USD
• PADI Specialty Course: Fish Identification - $100 USD
What are the accommodations like?
Accommodations are basic but clean and comfortable and the location on our private Caribbean island is 5 star!!! For groups, friends and couples, there are twin, family and double en-suite rooms in the main building. For singles, there are individual cabanas that surround the island. Every cabana has incredible views of the Caribbean! Imagine waking up to the sound of waves lapping against the shore and a spectacular Belizean sunrise! A/C is not needed on the island as the strong trade winds provide a continuous cooling breeze on the caye. (we do have fans in each room if needed)
|Recommended hotels||Weekend accommodation: St Charles Inn, Coral house inn, Hickatee cottages, Blue belize, Cotton tree lodge and Natures way (hostel) ReefCI book these for our guests.|