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Introduction This page is about the deals offered by Reefci. Here you will find all the details. In the booking section on this page you can send a booking request directly to the partner.
Calling all apex predators! Our lionfish program focuses solely on hunting, spearing, and eradicating this invasive species. Lionfish are an invasive species native to the Pacific Ocean that were unfortunately introduced to the Caribbean. They are destroying native fish populations and decimating coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean and greater Atlantic as these intruders have no natural predators in their new environment. Our guests and staff remove roughly ten thousand every year through spearing and culling efforts! No prior experience is necessary. Our conservation trips are for people that want a great holiday/vacation but also want to make a difference and protect the marine environment we all love! We take divers of all stripes and experience, people who want to learn to dive, singles, couples, and families.
Our price remains the same throughout the year, even at Christmas and New Years and throughout whale shark season!
WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING?
Hunting and spearing the invasive lionfish!! Here in southern Belize, we at ReefCI spotted our first lionfish in November 2009 but they were few and far between. Now we are spotting them on every dive and sometimes as many as 50-100 at one dive site. This is a dramatic increase and extremely worrying as we are the only divers in the area. The invasive lionfish is one of the greatest threats to the sustainability of coral reefs and fisheries habitat throughout the Caribbean. Scientists are predicting that lionfish will have a grave impact on Belize’s already stressed stocks of fish and lobster and could spell potential disaster to our marine habitats. ReefCI divers and snorkelers are actively involved in removing this invasive lionfish from Belizean waters. You will be spearing as many as you can!! So, for once in your life you can do something that is banned in most marine parks and go spear a fish! After capture, we dissect some of the fish and study their stomach contents for research purposes. Then we eat! ReefCI guests often get lionfish on the dinner menu, baked, fried, or ceviche, they are extremely tasty!
OUR LIONFISH HUNT AND CONSERVATION TRIP INCLUDES:
* 5 days/4 nights on private island in the Caribbean off coast of Belize
* 3 meals daily during dive week
* 3 daily dives (one dive on Friday)
* At least one night dive a week
* Training for conservation work and participation in our programs
* Island transfers to and from island
* Diving equipment (excluding wetsuits, booties, masks and snorkels)
* Accommodations while on the island
* Spears and bags will be supplied
PADI Dive Courses Offered on the Island
We have many dive courses available to help you develop your scuba and marine conservation skills while on the island volunteering with us. Below is the price our program charges for each PADI certification course and how long it will take you to complete the certification course on the island. Please note the Open, Advanced, Rescue, and Dive Master certifications require the PADI e-Learning prior to arrival.
*PADI Open Water Certification – $150 USD (3 days)
*PADI Advanced Open Water Certification – $200 USD (1 week)
*PADI Rescue Diver Certification – $250 USD (1 week)
*PADI Dive Master Certification – $400 USD (4 week minimum stay)
*PADI Specialty Course: Invasive Lionfish – $100 USD (3 days)
*PADI Specialty Course: Coral Reef Conservation – $100 USD (3 days)
*PADI Specialty Course: Fish Identification – $100 USD (3 days)
*PADI Specialty Course: Deep Diver – $100 USD (3 days)
*PADI Specialty Course: Emergency First Response – $100 USD (2 days)
WHERE WILL YOU STAY?
Tom Owens Island is a beautiful, idyllic remote private island that is part of the Sapodilla group of islands, located in the south of Belize.
Tom Owens island situated on the outer reef, is a true 'castaway' coral caye island – accommodation and facilities are rustic with a few home comforts thrown in!
The island is about 1 acre and has a large living area, great views and lots of hammock space.
There is no single supplement which makes us very popular amongst individual travelers.
Daily cleaned rooms
Shower (only cold)
Upper floors accessible by stairs only
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