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Lionfish Program

Calling all apex predators! Our lionfish program focuses solely on hunting, spearing, and eradicating this invasive species. Lionfish are an invasive species native to the Pacific Ocean that were unfortunately introduced to the Caribbean. They are destroying native fish populations and decimating coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean and greater Atlantic as these intruders have no natural predators in their new environment. Our guests and staff remove roughly ten thousand every year through spearing and culling efforts! No prior experience is necessary. Our conservation trips are for people that want a great holiday/vacation but also want to make a difference and protect the marine environment we all love! We take divers of all stripes and experience, people who want to learn to dive, singles, couples, and families.

What will you be doing?

Hunting and spearing the invasive lionfish!! Here in southern Belize, we at ReefCI spotted our first lionfish in November 2009 but they were few and far between. Now we are spotting them on every dive and sometimes as many as 50-100 at one dive site. This is a dramatic increase and extremely worrying as we are the only divers in the area. The invasive lionfish is one of the greatest threats to the sustainability of coral reefs and fisheries habitat throughout the Caribbean. Scientists are predicting that lionfish will have a grave impact on Belize’s already stressed stocks of fish and lobster and could spell potential disaster to our marine habitats. ReefCI divers and snorkelers are actively involved in removing this invasive lionfish from Belizean waters. You will be spearing as many as you can!! So, for once in your life you can do something that is banned in most marine parks and go spear a fish! After capture, we dissect some of the fish and study their stomach contents for research purposes. Then we eat! ReefCI guests often get lionfish on the dinner menu, baked, fried, or ceviche, they are extremely tasty!

Our lionfish hunt and conservation dive trip includes:

  • 5 days/4 nights on private island in the Caribbean off coast of Belize
  • 3 meals daily during dive week
  • 3 daily dives (one dive on Friday)
  • At least one night dive a week
  • Training for conservation work and participation in our programs
  • Island transfers to and from island
  • Diving equipment (excluding wetsuits, booties, masks and snorkels)
  • Accommodations while on the island
  • Open Water Certification Course ($100 USD admin. fee does apply)
  • Spears and bags will be supplied

Our price remains the same throughout the year, even at Christmas and New Years and throughout whale shark season!

Where will you stay?

Tom Owens Island is a beautiful, idyllic remote private island that is part of the Sapodilla group of islands, located in the south of Belize.

Tom Owens island situated on the outer reef, is a true 'castaway' coral caye island – accommodation and facilities are rustic with a few home comforts thrown in!

The island is about 1 acre and has a large living area, great views and lots of hammock space.

No one has to share accommodation at ReefCI, and there is no single supplement which makes us very popular amongst individual travelers.

Click here to contact us if you would have any questions, would like to have a quote for another travel date or would like to create a more custom package.

SPECIAL DISCOUNTED OFFER! Offer only valid for trips taken before March 31st of 2018! Includes: 1 ReefCI week = 5 days/4 nights island package Includes: all diving, diving equipment (excluding wetsuits, booties, masks and snorkels), island transfers, all meals, accommodation and training for survey methodologies.

Dive Belize: 1 week Lionfish hunt and conservation dive trip - $930.-

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