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  • Overview
  • Objectives
  • Skills you gain
  • Costs to Consider
  • Site Conditions

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.

Madagascar Nosy Be Research Objectives

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.

  • Opportunity to specialise in a particular project working alongside scientists
  • Visit a tradition Malagasy village and school and learn about their culture
  • Learn some basis Malagasy words and phrases
  • Gain an internationally recognized SCUBA qualification
  • Attend our marine research lecture series
  • Complete a week-long training course on Indian ocean reef ecology (if snorkeling or already dive trained)
  • Opwall fee
  • Cost of international flights into and out of Nosy Be
  • Cost of internal travel to and from the start and end point of the expedition, plus any hotels you might require. This costs around £40 or $60 on average.
  • Visa costs of €25 (30 days) or €35 (30-60 days) to be paid in cash on arrival in Madagascar.
  • Dive equipment rental – £50 or $75 per week for a full dive kit. If you only wish to snorkel and want to hire snorkel equipment, the cost is £25/$38 per week. Please note that wetsuits cannot be provided – you should bring your own.
  • Park entrance fees – £20 or $29 for the marine site.
  • Downloadable SSI materials – £40 or $60 approx.
  • Vaccinations and prophylactic medicines – cost can vary depending on your healthcare provider.
  • All prices in GBP or USD unless specified. Visa costs are all in EUR.

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Climate

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.

Creature comforts
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.

Locations

  • Madagascar
  • Nosy Be Marine Site

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