blue o two are pleased to announce a series of Reef Ecology, Marine ID & Conservation liveaboard safaris in a variety of destinations throughout 2014 onboard the Siren Fleet. Each will be hosted by a different marine biologist who are experts in their fields and who will provide a series of presentations to our guests. Each is geared towards enabling divers to learn more about the specific environment in which they are diving, whilst making meaningful contributions towards marine conservation.
Joining S/Y Philippine Siren in February will be Dr. Simon Pierce, a noted whale shark expert and principal scientist of the Marine Megafauna Foundation. This Whale Shark ID 6-night safari will take place in Southern Leyte; a known feeding ground for whale sharks in the Philippines. Guests will have the opportunity to snorkel with the sharks and there are also diving options at a variety of sites in the region.
The Reef Ecology in the Maldives safari will be hosted by Dr. Bent Christensen, a reef ecologist and professor of Earth Sciences based in Sweden. This 10-night liveaboard trip will follow the “Best of Male, Ari & Rasdhoo” itinerary, during which Dr. Christensen will give a series of presentations and divers will then be set mini tasks to complete underwater in order to test their growing knowledge of the Maldivian corals and marine life.
Following on from the success of her trip to Raja Ampat in January 2013, marine scientist Charlotte Caffrey will join S/Y Indo Siren once again for a 10-night Eco-Expedition in Komodo. Guests can learn about reef conservation, ecology and regeneration specific to Indonesia’s reefs whilst enjoying up to 32 dives in one of the World’s top dive destinations.
Dr. Gregor Hodgson, founder of the Reef Check Organization, will host a 7-night trip aboard S/Y Philippine Siren. Having joined in 2012, he is keen to return to the Southern Visayas to teach more Siren Fleet guests the Reef Check Eco Diver certification and add to his existing research of the reefs in this region. Having founded one of the first marine protected areas (MPAs), Dr. Hodgson is able to impart superior knowledge of the Philippines’ reefs and marine life.
11-17 February 2014 Whale Shark ID with Dr. Simon Pierce
23 April- 03 May 2014 Reef Ecology with Dr. Bent Christensen
24 June- 04 July 2014 Eco-Expedition with Charlotte Caffrey
12-19 July 2014 Reef Check with Dr. Gregor Hodgson
For further information on any of the above mentioned trips or to reserve your space, please contact the blue o two team on +44 (0)1752 480808 or visit www.blueotwo.com today!