Transforming Divers into Citizen Scientists
An ordinary dive vacation becomes a marine science adventure
and provides a deeper understanding of marine systems.
We are changing the way tourists interact with the coral reef. We teach our divers how to appreciate the wonders of a coral reef with an ecological perspective. Our divers learn see with a quantitative eye and explore with intention. During every expedition, our divers develop the skills to assess coral reef health and their efforts contribute to a greater understanding of coral reef resilience.
Divers work alongside local marine biologists to carry out coral reef research and monitoring. We teach our divers how to conduct scientific surveys using SCUBA as a tool. Each expedition includes diving and snorkeling, scientific methods training, marine ecology seminars, and discussion on how the data makes a difference. Training is organized so that everyone can get comfortable performing surveys and dive into the research!
Protecting Paradise through Tourism
We are redefining travel by connecting tourism with research and conservation.
Long term monitoring projects require tremendous funding and personnel, two resources that are the most challenging for small island nations to obtain.
By joining a citizen science expedition, divers not only get to explore famous tourist sites, they get exclusive research privileges on protected reefs while becoming the personnel who delivers critical biological data.
The vacation becomes the solution!
Cultivating Ocean Stewards
Personalizing the connection between people and life in the sea.
Over 70% of our planet is ocean. The coral reefs, coastal wetlands, kelp forests, and expansive open ocean provide habitats for an extraordinary
variety of marine life. However, our oceans are at risk:
Increasing temperatures and ocean acidification drives mass coral bleaching.
Careless tourism activity from boat anchors, snorkelers walking on the reef, or divers running into corals accelerates reef degradation.
Coastal development increases sedimentation, erosion, and pollution further damaging coastal reef habitat.
The majority of tourism activity is concentrated in coastal zones. If significant action is not taken, the effects of climate change, irresponsible coastal development, and careless tourism will devastate coral reefs and ocean life.
EcoSea is taking action through tourism
People protect what they love. Fostering a deeper understanding of marine ecosystems and promoting hands-on involvement is a call to action. EcoSea connects eco-conscious dive operators, local research organizations, and pioneering resource managers to create Palau's first citizen science expedition.
Our marine biologist, Dawn Bailey, conducting a coral survey
People protect what they love.
~ Jacsques Cousteau
A volunteer spots a rare sighting after completing a survey
A Citizen Science expedition is the perfect way to get involved, give back, and participate in preserving the places you love.
Enhance your vacation with a marine science adventure
Participants are avid divers who want a unique experience with positive impact. Our expeditions bring meaning and purpose to dive travel. We provide a way to give back and accomplish something remarkable all in one vacation.
Take on a new challenge and become a marine citizen scientist. You'll return home with a new skill set, a new outlook on marine ecosystems, & the achievement of contributing to influential research.
Learn coral reef ecology and dive like a marine biologist.