Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world, and has been termed a “biodiversity hotspot” by ecologists, as 80% of the plant and animal species are unique to the island – a consequence of its 80 million year isolation.
In the tropical seas off the southwest coast of Madagascar lies one of these largest coral reef in the world. The Blue Ventures marine expedition site is located next to it, on the most westerly point of the island.
Blue Ventures' research and conservation projects are carried out by our volunteers, who work closely with our research scientists and Expedition staff.
Every 6 weeks a new team of volunteers arrives at the field site, ensuring year-round sustainability of our research in the region. We have, on average, 12 to 14 volunteers working at the camp, and we never have more than 3 volunteers working with each staff member. In addiiton to Expedition Volunteers we welcome Volunteer Medics on every expedition.
In addition to volunteers, the camp comprises of Malagasy and international research scientists, as well as local and international Blue Ventures staff.
Our research in Madagascar aims to identify ways in which coastal communities can live sustainably within their environment. Through a combination of conservation and livelihood programmes, from marine reserves to sea cucumber farming to English teaching, we work to find ways in which the environment, biodiversity and life of the coastal communities in Madagascar can be safeguarded for the future.
Dive training is offered up to PADI Advanced Open Water with our experienced and qualified instructors. Expert divers can also improve their skills with a range of other courses.