Belize is a hidden gem in the heart of Central America. Nestled just south of Mexico and east of Guatemala on the Caribbean Sea, Belize is only a short flight from the United States.
Tom Owens Island
We are located on a small, private Caribbean island on the Belize Barrier Reef, named Tom Owens. 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. The island, situated 20 miles from the mainland on the outer reef, is a true ‘castaway’ coral caye island.
ReefCI’s mission is to protect our oceans through science, action, and advocacy. We accomplish this through our ongoing conservation programs, education, and marine research. Through our citizen-scientist programs, we empower everyday global citizens to take an active role in directly protecting and conserving the marine environment.
Why Choose Us? We are the best at what we do! ReefCI is the preeminent and award winning marine environmental organization of Belize for hands-on conservation efforts and protection of the ocean and the millions of species that rely on healthy, functioning marine ecosystems.
Feel The Thrill
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 trips are a unique opportunity to protect the reef ecosystem by directly participating in our ongoing marine conservation projects!
World class diving, plentiful home cooked food, and fun friendly people await you. If you have not done so already, reserve your spot today here on the RUSHKULT platform!
Marine Conservation Program
This a unique one-of-a-kind marine conservation diving experience. This is a great opportunity to learn about reef ecosystems and help conserve and protect the reef by directly helping us with our marine conservation programs all while having a fun holiday/vacation.
We offer an all-inclusive Monday-Friday diving and marine conservation trip on a small private island surrounded by turquoise coral seas situated on the Belize Barrier Reef.
It is a great place for those wanting to enjoy their holiday/vacation in a natural setting, while diving and making a difference through our hands-on marine conservation programs.
Marine Conservation Projects
We have several ongoing marine conservation projects underway at Reef Conservation International. Hence, each week/day will differ but you will be helping in many of the following ongoing projects:
Invasive Lionfish population monitoring and control (spearing and dissecting Lionfish)
Queen Conch surveys
Commercial fish surveys
Reef health surveys – ReefCI check & coral watch
Whale shark monitoring (if spotted)
Coral reef bleaching and bio-diversity dives
Depending on the season and ocean conditions you might not take part in all of these activities above but it is a good bet that you will experience most of them.
Our marine conservation dive package includes:
5 days/4 nights on a private island in the Caribbean off the 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 the island
Diving equipment (excluding wetsuits, booties, masks, and snorkels)
Accommodations while on the island
Our price remains the same throughout the year, even at Christmas and New Year and throughout the whale shark season.
Good To Know
Our volunteer trips are for both non-experienced and experienced divers. Not certified? No worries, many of our volunteers come to the island to learn to dive. Looking to further your dive credentials? Many of our volunteers come to our island to further their diving certification status. Regardless of your diving level, our island is a wonderful place to learn with calm, clear waters and little current. We swap the cold swimming pool for the Caribbean Sea and the classroom for a hammock under a palm tree! Please be aware that if you are doing your PADI Open Water Course Certification, there is a limited amount of conservation work included during your first week. If you want to get more involved with our conservation programs, we suggest you book a minimum of two weeks if getting your PADI Open Water Certification with us. To learn more about our dive courses and the PADI certification process on the island click here.
All dive equipment is included EXCEPT mask with snorkel, booties, and wetsuits. You must bring your own dive mask, booties, and wetsuit. These items are size specific to each individual -especially wetsuits and booties for your feet. We do not provide dive computers since almost all of our volunteering dives and conservation efforts are at depths less than 18m/60ft. However, a dive computer is mandatory for any diver that wants to dive deeper than 18m/60ft or for those taking the PADI Advance Open Water certification course with us. There are no places in Placencia, Belize to buy or rent these items; therefore, it’s important you have them prior to your trip departure.
We provide the rest of your gear at no charge – BCD’s, tanks, regulators, fins, weights, etc. However, you are more than welcome to bring your own dive gear if you prefer. Anyone wishing to participate in night dives MUST bring their own dive light/torch. These can be purchased for as little as 10 USD on Amazon. Please note that in order to participate in night dives one must be a certified Advanced Open Water diver.