Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

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Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

from £1,795
Duration: from 4 weeks
Countries: Mexico
Earn your PADI diving certificate when you discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef and its abundant wildlife.

Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

As a member of an international team of volunteers in partnership with highly regarded organizations, you can be sure your marine conservation efforts are making a serious and valuable impact.


Travel to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and join forces with GVI’s marine conservation expedition, earn your PADI diving certificate while working on and monitoring the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world.

Our team works directly on monitoring the overall health of the reef and you will contribute to coral reef and fish monitoring, among many other tasks, developing an impressive knowledge of this fascinating underwater environment.

Please note, this programme offers durations up to 24 weeks. Speak to your Country Expert for more details of extending your stay in-countryprogramme offers durations up to 24 weeks. Speak to your Country Expert for more details of extending your stay in-country

Highlights Include

Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise, live in a beautiful part of a different country, with the opportunity to experience a new culture, food and way of life; learning about the Mesoamerican coral reef and how to identify the wildlife it supports; participating in monitoring dives that explore different sites along the coast; seeing mega-fauna such as dolphins and sharks; snorkelling in cenotes or waterways; joining in with community programmes; teaching English and raising the environmental awareness of the local community; and joining fun-dives.

This project works in conjunction with several highly regarded organisations such as Amigos de Sian Ka’an, a Mexican NGO famous for their conservation work. Through such partnerships, volunteers can be sure their efforts are making a serious and measurable impact under the water.

Scuba Diving Requirements and Additional Courses

You will spend the majority of your time on this expedition scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water, or equivalent. Non-divers can join for 8- and 12-week durations, GVI will supply you with all the training you need to be certified up to PADI Advanced Diver. The 4-week duration is only open for divers already qualified to PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent. For non-divers wishing to attend for 4-weeks, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.

Also, if you wish to add to your scuba diving skillset, why not take an extra course at a discounted rate?! Check out available Add-ons under the Book Now button on the right-hand side, or mention to your Country Expert if interested in finding out more.


“Life at Pez Maya has an odd tendency of filling itself with very rich and otherworldly experiences that one would be lucky to encounter in a year. Our work here is primarily for the purpose of preserving the biodiversity of a region with forests, lagoons, mangroves, and coral reefs, all within a few miles of each other, an area extremely valuable in natural capital. More specifically, we are working to achieve a stable balance between the built and the natural world. Given that we at least share a significant awe and admiration for the wilderness, it is natural that we also find ourselves enjoying other, tangentially related experiences: The mellow strumming of a guitar, the fresh taste of a good meal after our hard work, a riveting conversation, a cold beer, some good body surfing. People here seem very alive, every hour full with activity and learning, often proactive and always positive. It is a good place to be. The days here are simple but busy, natural, and held together by the ideal we believe in to restore the natural world.”

- Doug Coughran, (USA)

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Price details:

from £1,795


Call 0333 333 9952 to enquire or book


Pre-departure support and discounted services
24-hour emergency phone
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
Long term experienced staff
Welcome meeting
Location orientation
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
24-hour in-country support
Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
First Aid & CPR training
PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
Coral reef ecology
Use of O2 equipment workshop
Diving compressor training workshop
Community work workshop
Transfer to base location
Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under research permit

Not Included

Medical and travel insurance
Visa costs
Personal kit
Additional drinks and gratuities
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
Some equipment is not included

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Pez Maya beach

Pez Maya beach

Cenote diving

Cenote diving

Pez Maya beach clean up operation

Pez Maya beach clean up operation

Pez Maya lionfish hunt

Pez Maya lionfish hunt

Pez Maya staff group

Pez Maya staff group

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