Costa Rica & Panama
minimum 2 weeks £885
( 10 days from £1,895)
with 'Queen of the Mantas' Dr Andrea Marshall
& free underwater photography workshops
Our conservation in action journeys and experiences are designed to give you a behind the scenes access to the work of some of the best conservation organisations and their projects in the field.
In the case of our journeys to Costa Rica and diving in Sulawesi, the emphasis is on seeing and learning from experts in the field, and towards supporting effective conservation initiatives projects through financial contributions we are able to make as a result of your visit.
The same principles apply for our snorkelling and scuba programmes in Seychelles and Mozambique, but in these cases you can also become active members of a conservation team.
Whale Shark Research & Conservation
Aqua-Firma has created an inspiring marine wildlife conservation experience in partnership with the MCSS and the Shark Research Institute of Seychelles For one week in October divers and non-divers can be part of a team carrying out the monitoring and tagging of whale sharks. Trip leaders inclde Charlotte Caffrey, Marine Scientist and Director of Aqua-Firma, and supported by David Rowat, chairman of the MCSS. Inspiring talks will provide an insight into other successful MCSS projects and an understanding of the marine biology of the Seychelles.
COSTA RICA & PANAMA
Wildlife & Conservation in Action:Pacific and Caribbean Rainforests of Costa Rica & the Panama Canal
This journey takes you into some of Latin America's most abundant wildlife refuges along the coasts of Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, and supports the efforts of three leading conservation and research projects. Locations include the Corcovado with the option of Caño Island, Tortuguero, the Smithsonian Institute's research station on Barro Colorado Island, and The Peregrine Fund's project to reintroduce the world's largest bird of prey, the Harpy Eagle, into rainforests along the Panama Canal. During the Leatherback Turtle season between March & June this trip includes a stay at a private hacienda at the Reserva Pacuare project.
Manta Ray Research & Conservation Experience
If you have ever wanted to see manta rays then you could hardly do better than join one of our Manta Ray Research & Conservation experiences in Mozambique. You will be able to join an Aqua-Firma team which will include the Queen of the Mantas*, Dr Andrea Marshall, on her home patch of water on daily manta ray research dives.
North Sulawesi Diving, Ecology & No-Touch Photography Course
This dive holiday is held at two locations in one of the World's most biologically diverse marine environments. The award winning Bunaken Marine Park, Manado, offers pristine reefs and drop off's, and is our base for the ecology course which this holiday includes. Part of the diving will include opportunities to see two different reef repari systems: Reef Balls and Eco Reefs. In stark contrast, the black volcanic sands of the Lembeh Strait are considered home to the best dive sites in the World for macro photography. In addition to recreational diving, this is where we run a full day's 'no-touch' photographic master class.
Photographs kindly provided by: Cary Yanny, David Rowat, Marcelo Meneses, Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, MMF, Ralph Pannell & Charlotte Caffrey
Committed to Nature