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MarineBio Expeditions

Bonaire ExpeditionMarineBio conducts and joins expeditions to worldwide centers of marine biodiversity for the purpose of collecting data, photographs and video concerning the conditions of marine ecosystems and the associated marine life. We also often contact local conservation groups, talk with locals about marine life and how things have been changing. MarineBio also uses expeditions to assist with the planning that has begun to open a network of various marine conservation labs in various hotspots to help monitor and conduct research concerning marine conservation science.

What we're finding, like so many others, is that even in the best places to see marine wildlife, the ocean's ecosystems and marine life are at risk and are declining throughout the world. We also hope that by showing what does remain at these top destinations that more people will visit them as well and see for themselves what's at stake if we continue to abuse the ocean as we have been doing for so long.

Big Fish Diving and Photography Expeditions

We're hoping to join Andy in the near furture on at least one of his top-notch expeditions to shoot video and photos for MarineBio... check them out and contact us (info@marinebio.org or +1 (713) 248-2576) if you're interested or would like to find out more. We can't wait!

Deep Ocean Expeditions

Deep submersible diving in twin Mir submersibles, twin Deep Rovers and a Nuytco Dual Deep Worker on Expeditions to the Titanic (at 12,500 ft), the Bismarck (at 15,000 ft), "Black Smokers: Primal Oases of the Deep" (hydrothermal vents) - Rainbow Ventfield (Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 7,500 ft), and the ultimate 35-day expedition of 15 dives on the 20,000 Leagues Expedition crossing the Atlantic underwater from Europe to the US.... Check out Deep Ocean Expeditions for more information.

If you're a MarineBio Conservation Society member and would like to join us on an expedition, contact David Campbell (MarineBio Expeditions Leader) at info@marinebio.org or +1 (713) 248-2576.

Planned Expeditions

The following are expedition destinations we need to visit as soon as possible. If you would like to help arrange an expedition to any of the following, let us know

  1. USA: Southern Florida (Dry Tortugas*), Channel Islands off California, Hawaii (far NW islands)
  2. Bahamas* - Tiger shark diving with Sharkdiver.com
  3. Bonaire (underwater photography paradise... all beach diving: http://www.infobonaire.com/divemap.html)*
  4. Belize: Turneffe and Glover's Atolls*
  5. Philippines: Malapascua Island (Monad Shoal/thresher sharks)*
  6. Guadalupe Islands* - Great white shark diving with Sharkdiver.com
  7. Mexico (Sea of Cortez) - Humboldt squid diving with Sharkdiver.com
  8. Costa Rica: Cocos Island*

  9. Cocos Island video by Howard Hall | Watch more in the Marine Life Video Library »

  10. Colombia: Malpelo Island
  11. Tahiti (Rangiroa)
  12. Fiji!
  13. Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA)
  14. Australia: Great Barrier Reef outer reefs* and Coral Sea islands*
  15. Micronesia: Palau*, Yap*, Chuuk (Truk Lagoon)
  16. Solomon Islands/Papua New Guinea*
  17. Indonesia: Togean Islands, Banda Islands*/Irian Jaya, Komodo Island, Bali
  18. Malaysia: Sipadan, Mabul, Layang Layang*
  19. Thailand: Puket, Similan Islands
  20. Maldives*
  21. Seychelles - Aldabra lagoon
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  23. Mozambique: Bazaruto Archipelago
  24. Red Sea: Brother's Islands, Sharm el-Sheikh, Ras Mohammed, Dahab, etc.*
    * Top Priorities

    One of our goals is to also document the condition of the reefs in the above areas to compare to historical records and to serve as a snapshot for the future. And time is of the essence, climate change is in progress and many of the above will become worthless destinations for marine life if things continue as they are.

Expedition Recommendations

The following is recommended for all MarineBio team members on expeditions:

    • 18 years of age or older
    • Advanced scuba certification (Rescue diving certification is highly recommended, many locations are very remote)
    • At least some traveling experience (overseas preferred)
    • Skills involving photography, videography, writing, research and/or computers, critter spotting/identification
    • Relaxed demeanor, easy to get along with
    • Willingness to work as a team toward the expedition's goals
    • All team members pay their own way though we often work together to find the best deals...

If you're interested in joining one of our upcoming expeditions, send us an email and let us know.

Expeditions Log

Indonesia Expedition (August 28-September 19, 2006 - see gallery)

MarineBio Indonesia Expedition, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia (9:20) | MarineBio's YouTube Channel »

Lembeh Strait/Bunaken Marine Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. 33 dives (~32 hours underwater) at 30 dive locations (23.5 m average max depth, water temp. 25-29°C). ~6 hrs video (video housing flooded on first dive on Bunaken due to faulty o-ring on wide angle lens) + ~2,000 photos.... Visit the photo gallery or the video gallery.


Honduras Expedition (August 27-September 10, 2005 - see gallery)




~2,700 underwater photos taken on 36 nitrox dives at 32 dive locations around Utila, Honduras...


Florida Expedition (February 9-21, 2005 - see gallery)




~ 1,200 underwater photos taken on 20 nitrox drift dives out of Boynton Beach and Key Largo, Florida, US...


Bonaire Expedition (August 6-22, 2004 - see gallery)

~1,400 underwater photos taken on 38 nitrox dives at 27 dive locations in Bonaire...


Galapagos Expedition (November 8-17, 2002 - see video gallery)
Darwin Island Arch, Galapagos

Nine days on liveaboard M/Y Reina Silvia, 8 hours underwater video of octopus, fishes, sharks, dolphins, sea lions, marine iguanas, boobies, etc.


Red Sea Expedition (July 4-20, 2002 - see video gallery)



One week on liveaboard M/V Coral Princess off southern Egypt, St. John's Reef/Brother's Islands, etc. 18 hours of underwater video of reefs, corals, reef fishes, sea turtles, sharks, etc. One week shorediving along Dahab coast (Sinai). 7 hours uw video of reefs, corals, reefs, reef fishes, sea turtles, octopuses, etc.

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