On this expedition, you will spend four weeks on the island of Nosy Be. If you are not already dive trained then your first week on site will involve completing the SSI Open Water dive training course. During the second week you will complete a lecture series on Indian Ocean reef ecology and two dive based practicals will be undertaken each day. If you are already dive trained, or if you only wish to snorkel, you will start your first week with the Indian Ocean reef ecology course. After completing the reef ecology course, you will spend your remaining weeks assisting our researchers with data collection and analysis working with the 3D modelling of the reefs, quantification of the fish communities from stereo-video surveys, benthic composition and contributing to a local sea turtle identification database. For an extra charge there is also the option of completing additional SSI dive training in your spare time.
Nosy Be is the premier dive destination on Madagascar, but there are few data on the coral reef communities that support this industry. Opwall teams will be gathering baseline data on these reefs, including data on fish community structure from stereo-video surveys, coral cover from video transects and 3D modelling.
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In Madagascar it is the dry season so it is hot during the day (temperatures between 25 and 30degrees Celsius) with very occasional rain at the marine site. During the evenings the temperature does drop to around 18 degrees Celsius with occasional cold spells getting as low as 14 degrees Celsius.
Fitness level required
Moderate> Fitness requirements for the marine site is low.
Facilities at the marine site are a little less rustic with dorm style accommodation and running water for showers and flushing toilets. The marine site does get some phone signal and limited wifi.