Monitor The Coral Reef And Its Inhabitants

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Monitor The Coral Reef And Its Inhabitants

ReefCI offers all inclusive Monday - Friday Marine Conservation SCUBA packages on a beautiful Coral Caye in the Caribbean. World class diving, plentiful home cooked food and fun friendly people await you. Learn to dive or further your dive qualifications and help monitor the reef, commercial fish species and capture the invasive lionfish!! Whale shark season is March - June so visit around the full moon and you may also get to swim with these majestic creatures!!

Contribute to a number of worthwhile and fun projects all based from a beautiful remote paradise island. You can help monitor Queen Conch, the Caribbean Spiny lobster, commercial fish species and conduct ReefCI check surveys! Also, assist with removing the invasive lionfish from Belizean waters, analyse and clean them before cooking them up for a gorgeous and tasty fish dinner!


Lots of people are yet to discover Belize, it’s a hidden gem in the heart of Central America. Nestled just South of Mexico and next to Guatamala on the Caribbean Sea, Belize is only a short flight from the United States.

The Belize barrier reef, a UNESCO world heritage site, is the second largest in the world and boasts an incredible spectacle of marine life.

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 36 miles from the mainland on the outer reef, is a true ‘castaway’ coral caye island – accommodation and facilities are rustic with a few home comforts thrown in!


ReefCI operate all year with the exception of October and the first 2 weeks in February. 

We leave for the island every Monday morning and return to the mainland every Friday, around lunchtime. Weekends are spent in Punta Gorda, or you can use the time to visit other areas of Belize.

You can join us any Monday of your choice, but we ask guests to arrive during the weekend before starting with the project.

When on the island we rise with the sun and after a cup of coffee, fresh fruit and maybe a biscuit or 2 we go diving! No better way to start the day and work up a healthy appetite for a scrumptious Belizean breakfast that awaits our return.

The dive schedule, location and surveys, are posted on the notice board every morning. These change daily to ensure all guests get to participate in a variety of projects.

The second dive of the day is mid morning which allows time for some conservation training, PADI tuition, or just a swing in a hammock in the cool Caribbean breeze with a good book. Most dive sites are only 10 minutes or so from the island so after dive 2 we head back for a spot of lunch. Dive 3 is mid afternoon and whenever possible, weather permitting, and if guests are interested we will offer a night dive (we aim for at least 1 night dive a week).

Watching the sunset over the sea with a local beer or rum punch rounds off the day, with a lovely dinner and some good chat from interesting like minded people!


The island is about 1 ½ acres and has a large living area, great views and lots of hammock space. All of our guests upon arrival tell us that the photos do not do the island justice! It really is a perfect Caribbean paradise.

Accommodation is in private waterfront cabanas, all with amazing views overlooking the stunning Caribbean ocean. The individual cabanas are basic but comfortable and have shared or private bathroom facilities.

There are also double en-suite rooms available for couples.

We have our dive kit room, a small volleyball court, kayaks for guests to use free of charge and excellent snorkeling around the island.

The other small cayes are often visited during lunch or between dives!

Amenities include:

  • Access to clean, potable water at accommodations and the project site.
  • Rain water is our main source of water on the island, used for showers, washing and cleaning kit
  • Wireless internet is available on the island for a small fee.

Cost Breakdown

This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost. Your Reservation Fee is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.

1 week:     $1,520
2 weeks:     $2,695
3 weeks:     $4,030
4 weeks:     $5,358

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Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is a three-step process:

  • Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
  • A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
  • Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.

Important Note

This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with ReefCI for their associated programs.

Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!


  • 18 and older
  • Good health
    • Passionate about the ocean and conservation
    • A PADI Medical statement must be complete
    • Must be a reasonable swimmer and confident in the water
Partner: ReefCI
Country: Belize

Type of Work: Conservation, Environment
Type of Trip:

Duration: 1 week or longer
Fee: From $1,520
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Your Program Fee Covers:

  • Registration and pre-departure interview
  • Volunteer handbook (when available)
  • 24/7 U.S.-based staff support
  • In-country housing and certain amenities
  • Training and guidance from host group
  • Host program needs, such as tools or supplies for your project
  • Post-trip thank-you packet
  • Monthly newsletters

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, it does not cover your flight, passport/visa, vaccinations, transportation while in country, exit fees, meals, or personal expenses. Click here for full details about your program costs!