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Caribbean Oceanography 

Introduction to Field Methods in Oceanography


Go wherever the study of tides and waves takes you. On this 25-day live-aboard adventure, we shrink the vastness of the ocean and all its complexities into a butterfly-shaped course around the best of the Leewards. Starting off in Port Anse Marcel on the French side of St. Martin, we set a compass heading for the uninhabited shores and rocky outcroppings of Ile Fourche. Anchor down and plunge overboard to witness oceanography concepts come to life in real life.

Water sampling. Reef surveying. Currents. The ocean completely reveals itself in the protected waters of the St. Barts Marine Reserve. Multicolored fish are everywhere, corals are in full bloom on shallow reefs and the seafloor is yours to discover. Soak it all up, and then head south-southwest to St. Kitts. For years, this volcanic eastern Caribbean island led the sugar trade. But its real sweetness is has always been in its lagoons and on its reefs.

“I will never forget the time I shared with the 11 other individuals, and what they taught me about life and myself.” — Alec Griswold, Baltimore, MD

The rudder shifts and the arc of your studies comes full circle on the isles of St. Eustatia (Statia) and Saba. Statia is a Dutch paradise, also with a thriving marine park. And Saba looks like a Caribbean postcard left in the attic for 30 years — an unspoiled, real world oceanography classroom.

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The Leeward Islands

Sail from St. Martin to fringing and artificial reefs, diverse ecosystems and dramatic pinnacles.

Oceanography neophytes and experts alike find a bounty of riches on the Caribbean’s most dramatic and memorable islands.

teen expeditions in the CaribbeanIle Fourche
Hike to the summit of this uninhabited island to look over the vast Caribbean. Then plunge down into a protected and pristine dive site.

programs for teenagers in SabaSaba
Pristine, bio-diverse marine parks with pinnacles that jut right out of the sea. The best diving anywhere in the Caribbean.

St. Barts
St. Barts is a Caribbean fantasy come true: crystal blue waters, thriving underwater ecosystems, and Caribbean joie de vivre.

college students study abroad in the CaribbeanSt. Kitts
A mountainous paradise that is home to green vistas, black sand beaches, flourishing reefs and a wealth of colonial and post-colonial history.

Anse Marcel, St. MartinSt. Martin
In Grand Case bay, soak up crystal blue waters and a mile and a half beach with the finest white sand your feet have ever felt.

teen sailing in StatiaStatia
The unspoiled, pristine island of St. Eustatius (Statia) welcomes you into its laid back Caribbean lifestyle.

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