Marine conservation at Caño Island Biological Reserve

Project name:

Innoceana

Project purpose:

Marine conservation at Caño Island Biological Reserve

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • scuba diving

  • teaching

Marine

Costa Rica

Central America

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

1600

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

  • report writing

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Ecolodge in a mangrove at the Sierpe River. Also some nights will be at the Caño Island, something only offered to researchers

Requirements:

  • Advanced scuba diver (or equivalent)

  • Ideally a marine biological background

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, shower (bucket/cold/hot), toilet (western), toiler (drop), wifi. In Sierpe we will stay in bungalows for two nights by the river, in Caño Island we will stay in the rangers house (only house in the island) where there are beds and facilities for volunteers. We will also spend two nights at Drake Bay in a hostel.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

  • You will have the opportunity to live in a Biological Reserve working hand by hand with the rangers. You will also discover the most rural parts of Costa Rica and you will have the opportunity to undertake anphibians tour, or other terrestrial tours to Corcovado for example. Also you will be diving during the whale season in a place were most of the shark species have been seen. 

  • Journey by boat through mangrove forests to open ocean, and on to Cano Island

  • Conduct scuba diving surveys to continue creating a baseline inventory of different species, physical parameters and other data used in long term conservation analysis

  • Attend lectures about marine biology, marine engineering and the archaeological and natural history of Cano island

  • Meet and work with local rangers - these rangers guard and protect Cano island 24/7 and work to protect endangered species

  • Humpback whales, reef sharks, manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles, corals nudibranchs, and more - macro and micro fauna alike call the reefs at Cano home.

How long can I stay?

When does the project run?

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

Wasn't finished...

Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

An Experience of a Lifetime