Marine Wildlife Conservation Trek



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Be part of a comprehensive wildlife survey with serious conservation and educational aims assisting in the development of an environmentally sensitive and sustainable management strategy. This marine wildlife experience will take you to one of the main Honduran marine sites located in the Caribbean Sea, to survey part of the world’s number one coral reef system in biodiversity and second largest in extension.

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You will be trained in snorkeling and coral reef survey techniques. Once trained you will participate in one of the reef survey programs in Cayos Cochinos to assess coral reef health. The purpose of the survey program is to provide data on the current biological status of the reefs and islands and of population levels of protected species within the marine protected area. All this as part of an international coral reef research activity, called the Reef Check Monitoring Program. Overnight at the key will be in the basic but comfortable eco–shelter of the Marine Research Center.

Meet and greet at La Ceiba Airport or at the Muelle de Cabotaje (Ferry Terminal) and transfer in to the Hotel. Overnight in Hotel La Quinta • Meals included: None.
Early morning departure by boat to the Marine Research Center at Cayo Menor, just upon arrival, breakfast and introductory lectures where you will learn about the Cayos Cochinos Foundation, its protected area, scientific research station, and the Mesoamerican Coral Reef System. In the afternoon brief snorkeling techniques instructions followed by a survey training course where you will learn to identify fish, coral, invertebrates and algae and the scientific methods to monitor reefs. Right away you will begin your hands–on survey work. The group will be split into smaller teams to participate in the Reef Check Monitoring Program. Overnight at the Marine Research Center • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
After breakfast, introductory brief about endemic species of the archipelago, followed by a hike over this magnificent key, to observe the wildlife, enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding small islands, with secluded white–sand beaches surrounded by a pristine turquoise sea. Afternoon time to swim or relax at the splendid beaches with abundance of fine shells, incredible views, and all the privacy and enchantment this remote paradise can offer, later on boat ride around the keys to visit small Garifuna villages and experience their culture, and culinary art. Overnight at the Marine Research Center • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Breakfast. Morning transfer by boat to La Ceiba, and then transfer to La Ceiba International Airport to board your flight, continue in the Ferry Boat or combine with a Copán or Roatan Extension. • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.


All land transfers according to itinerary in A/C vehicles, Entrance fees and excursions with bilingual guide (Spanish/English), Round trip boat transfers La Ceiba – Cayos Cochinos, 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, & 2 Dinners, 01 night accommodation in Hotel La Quinta, La Ceiba, 02 nights’ basic & shared accommodation in The Marine Research Centre, Cayos Cochinos, Training and Lectures by Marine Biologists.


Minimum Group size 10 passengers, Shared Accommodations, 2 bedrooms cabins with 2 bunk beds each (4 persons per room), Set meals along with the Marine Research Center Staff.