• Costa Rica
    • Uvita
1 week

Program Details

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Price Details
For 7 days Expedition, everything is included (except for flights and dive insurance):
- Accommodation for 8 nights
- 3 Vegetarian meals a day
- Dive equipment
- Theory classes
- Certification of completion
- 10 dives
- Conservation material
- 1 Yoga class
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Dive equipment
Theory classes
Certification of completion
10 dives
Conservation material
1 Yoga class

What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
May 25, 2023
May 18, 2022
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About Program

Are you a certified scuba diver or dream of becoming one? Join us in Costa Rica to get certified in Marine Conservation with our biologists and professional instructors. The Marine Conservation Expedition is seven days full of adventure, learning, laughter, and hard purposeful work. This expedition is for experienced and non-experienced divers alike. You will be hosted at our facility called the Marine Conservation and Education Center (MCEC).

Each day, the expeditioners are taught a new subject which they will apply the next day during their underwater dives. These captivating projects range from invertebrate theory to sea turtle migration studies, to 3D Coral Modeling – providing a subject that will surely resonate with each person.

To join an expedition you need to have your first scuba diving certification. Not a diver yet? You can do your Open Water with us just before the expedition.

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Program Highlights

  • Get trained and certified in Marine Conservation with our profesional biologists and instructors.
  • Dive in one of the most biodiverse place on Earth: 10 dives on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, a paradise in pristine waters.
  • Learn every day about marine conservation, biology and all of our research projects during our daily lectures.
  • Make memories you will never forget with your co-expeditioners and live an experience full of adventure, laughter, and purpuseful work.
  • Enjoy our delicious menu 3 times a day of organic vegetarian/vegan food made by our incredible local chef. Conservation is also about what you eat!

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Program Reviews

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  • Housing 4.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

Highly recommend

I had a very educational and memorable experience with Innoceana’s 7-day conservation expedition. The staff is passionate and knowledgeable. It is clear they enjoy working with one another, but the focus is certainly on the participant and that is felt throughout the course. As a beginner diver, I also appreciated the patience shown by each staff member. The organization is well-equipped, and the accommodations and food were excellent. I would highly recommended the experience to others living in or visiting Costa Rica - and already have! What a great team of people.

64 people found this review helpful.
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Amazing experience with a knowledgeable organization

The MCEC organization and programs are super impressive and inspirational. I would 100% recommend them for people interested in marine conservation and Costa Rica. I learned so much from their staff who are knowledgeable in the field of marine conservation and scuba diving. The facilities are brand-new, clean, and well organized with the latest equipment. The local towns of Ojochal and Uvita have great restaurants, infrastructure and are surrounded by pristine Costa Rican coastline. Hard to imagine a better experience.

  • Marine conservation and scuba diving
  • Costa Rica’s famous beaches
  • Learn Spanish
  • Potential for rainy weather
  • Not a ton of night life
69 people found this review helpful.
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Volonteer as a marine biologist

I stayed 2 months at MCEC Innoceana as an intern for my studies in Marine Biology. I had an amazing and wonderful experience thanks to Innoceana ! I participated in many innovative projects that are integrated in the protection of the marine world. I went from theory to practice, on the beautiful Pacific coast of Costa Rica! The whole team is so friendly and especially passionate about the ocean and proud to share their knowledge, and more...
My experience in Costa Rica will remain engraved in my memory !

  • Water quality data
  • Turtle Identification
  • Whales Bioaccoustic
64 people found this review helpful.
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Best experience of my life!

The marine conservation expedition with Innoceana was incredible! It has been the best experience! I learned so much, diving was amazing, the team was so much fun and I was really sad to leave.
I stayed with Innoceana 4 extra weeks after the expedition and have been able to help them in so many ways, assisting in different areas which has allowed me to understand so much better the work in an NGO.
During my internship with Innoceana, I really felt like I made a difference, like I had an impact on the conservation of the ocean.
Thank you to this beautiful and passionate team of Ocean Warriors!

  • diving in paradise
  • food was delish
  • incredible team
67 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

2 month internship

very good 2 months internship at the mcec, dynamic and attentive team.
Very good experience of diving and discovery of the technical side.
As a student in marine biology, this is the perfect internship.
I was able to put my classes into practice and do some field work.
I recommend it if you have a university internship to do or if you just want to discover more about the ocean.
It is adapted to any level and any profile and any help is welcome.
thank you to all the team for the moments shared and the knowledge acquired

  • 3D modelisation of corals
  • turtles identification
  • bioacoustics of marine mammals
67 people found this review helpful.

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