If you are looking for a Dive Vacation that Counts for the New Year, there is still room on many of our trips for 2008. For a condensed view of our upcoming Field Survey season, see below or visit our Field Survey page at http://www.reef.org/fieldsurveys/schedule. A couple of quick notes, only one spot left on Turks and Caicos trip so hurry! If interested, please call Travel For You, Inc. at 1-888-363-3345 for the Turks trip only.

If the cold weather is getting you down? There's no better place to be at the end of January than the Cayman Islands. Join REEF Grouper Moon researchers on an exciting expedition to Little Cayman January 22-29. The all-inclusive package includes 5 days of diving in Little Cayman, lodging and meals at the exclusive Southern Cross Club, and daily lectures on a broad range of subjects including reef fish identification and the Nassau grouper aggregation research that REEF has been invovled with. This project coincides with the annual mass aggregation of this endangered fish species on the west end of the island. To find out more, view the project flyer http://www.reef.org/fieldsurvey or contact the Southern Cross Club office at 1-800-899-2582.

Also REEF's St. Vincent cryptic survey is selling out quickly. This trip has two optional back-to-back weeks of surveying, the first week (July 26-Aug2) will be led by world-renowned photgrapher, Paul Humann and REEF co-founder. The second week (Aug 2-9, 2008) will be led by Ned Deloach, award-winning marine life author and his wife Anna Deloach. Contact Dive St. Vincent at 784-457-4928 or bill2s@divestvincent.com for information on how to register for either week or both!

For an all-inclusive REEF trip on the beautiful Mexican Riviera, check out our Field Survey to Akumal at Bahia Principe Resort (below) from May 17-24, 2008. I will be leading this trip and there will be a lot of conservation education to go along with our fish surveys for this trip. This is a best-value trip, especially considering the 5-star resort, at $802pp/double occ. for diving, accomodations, food, and drinks.  

2008 Field Survey Schedule

REEF Grouper Moon Field Survey Expedition - Little Cayman Island, January 20-27, 2008, led by Dr. Christy Semmens (spaces available)

Turks & Caicos aboard Aggressor II - Turks and Caicos Islands, April 19-26, 2008, led by Joe Cavanaugh (1 space available)

Bahia Principe Resort, Akumal, Mexico - May 17-24, 2008, led by Joe Cavanaugh (spaces available). REEF is working with ReefAid and Reefcheck to ensure protection of the reefs along this part of the MesoAmerican Barrier Reef. This trip provides a great opportunity to witness how private sector cooperation with non-profits can enable successful marine conservation and you will have the opportunity to participate directly by collecting valuable fish community data for REEF.

Paul Humann's Key Largo Reef Discovery Tour, Key Largo, Florida, June 21-28, 2008 (spaces available).  Hands down a perennial favorite for first-time surveyors and experts alike.

St. Vincent Island (Grenadines) Cryptic Species Tour, led by Ned and Anna Deloach and Paul Humann, July 26-Aug 2 (1st week), Aug 2-9 (2nd week) (selling out quickly)

Sea of Cortez aboard the Don Jose', Oct 5-12, 2008, led by Dr. Brice Semmens (spaces available)

Cozumel, Mexico with Aqua Safari Divers, Dec 6-13, 2008, led by long-time REEF Volunteer, Sheryl Shea (space available)