You’ll spend most of your days on one of the many picturesque beaches collecting data. After an early breakfast, the team will prepare equipment and head to the beach to begin diving or snorkeling surveys of the reefs. You’ll take a midday lunch break, and then you might return to the water or stay on land to work on aquarium experiments.
After your day of surf, sun, and research has ended, the team will return to the guesthouse for dinner. On most evenings, you’ll then have the chance to participate in discussions of, say, coral reefs and climate change with the researchers, or to simply relax and take in the tropical sunset.
Before you begin your fieldwork, you’ll learn everything you need to know about identifying reef fish, underwater surveying and videography, and the context of the research you’re contributing to. With your newfound knowledge, you may help the researchers create educational materials for government groups and local community organizations.
The team will have at least one full recreational day to explore the islands. You might spend a restful afternoon on one of the stunning beaches, visit the tortoise sanctuary on Curieuse, hike through the coco-de-mer forests, or take in some of Praslin’s cultural attractions.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.