REEF’s 2017 Roatan — Field Survey Trip

Saturday, June 24, 2017 – Saturday, July 1, 2017 (1 week)

Led by Janna Nichols, REEF Outreach Coordinator, and Scott and Patti Chandler, REEF Fish Experts — 23 divers maximum

Overview: Experience some of the most wonderful diving the Bay Islands have to offer by joining REEF’s Field Survey to CoCo View Resort, a REEF Field Station located on a secluded key in Roatan. REEF’s Janna Nichols will join fish experts, Patti and Scott Chandler, for a week of serious fishwatching. Enjoy up to four boat dives daily, plus unlimited, 24/7 shore diving at CoCo View’s house reefs, which are home to 311 fish species. Fish enthusiasts will be delighted to search for the many fish species restricted to this region, such as the Filament Blenny, Bearded Toadfish, and Kuna Goby. Patti and Scott spend a month at CoCo View each year, and they know every nook and cranny of the reefs. The group will also celebrate the Great Annual Fish Count with fun and games. The resort is an excellent fit for non-diving companions, who can enjoy front yard snorkeling and access to ocean kayaks.
Cost per Person: (CEDAM will cover this cost for the scholarship recipient.) $1,464 for double occupancy in an ocean front room, $1,514 for double occupancy in an over water cabana or bungalow. Single occupancy rates also available: $1,664 for single occupancy in an ocean front room, $1,914 for single occupancy in an over water cabana or bungalow.
What is included: Your package includes 7 nights in an air-conditioned accommodation, 2 boat dive trips (up to 4 boat tanks) daily including one moored site and one drop off dive, unlimited shore diving and night diving from the shore, three daily meals including made-to-order breakfasts, round trip airport transfers, welcome cocktail, free Wi-Fi, use of ocean kayaks, tanks, weights, and weight belts.
Additional fees: (CEDAM will cover this cost for the scholarship recipient.) A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. A 19% resort tax will be added to the total package price for each individual. Optional unlimited nitrox available for $125/person for the week.
About the trip leaders: Janna is REEF’s Outreach Coordinator, focusing on member relations, field stations, and working extensively with the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. She coordinates REEF’s social media and was also the creator of the popular REEF Fishinar (webinar) program. Although Janna officially joined REEF staff in 2010, she has been conducting surveys, teaching Fish ID classes and giving REEF presentations as a volunteer since 2000, and is based in Vancouver, Washington. Janna is passionate about underwater photography and marine life identification, and many of her photos appear in west coast marine life ID guides, publications, and online resources. Scott and Patti Chandler joined REEF in 1994 and have spent their time diving in the Caribbean. They are active underwater enthusiasts who love to share their joy of fish and creature watching with others. They have been presenting fish identification classes at different locations in the Caribbean for over 10 years.
How to book: (CEDAM has reserved a space for the scholarship recipient.) To find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869.
Airport/hotel transfer information: (CEDAM will cover the cost of air transportation up to $1,200 for the scholarship recipient.) Participants should fly into Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport (RTB) in Roatan, Honduras. From there, participants will be transported to CoCo View Resort via shuttle, followed by a short boat ride to the resort.
REEF is a well respected marine conservation organization.  More info here http://www.reef.org
Home base for this field trip is the CoCo View Resort. More info here http://www.cocoviewresort.com
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