Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology


British Virgin Islands: Tortola


The Marine Science and Nautical Training Academy (MANTA) is a non-profit organization that offers unique marine science education programs to High School students. Live and learn aboard a catamaran sailboat in the British Virgin Islands while being immersed in marine science and mastering practical skills that are needed for the toolbox of any aspiring marine biologist. This includes receiving your PADI scuba diving certification, and learning the hands-on nautical skills needed to become a capable crew member on a research vessel.

The course is Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology, and is taught by faculty at the College of Charleston from our floating classroom and research platform. Lectures and experiential learning are used to teach you about coral reef ecosystems, and allow you to develop and test your own hypotheses by designing and executing a short field experiment.


* A unique opportunity for students to learn about coral reef ecosystems through a multi-week, experienced-based field study program
* Hands-on experience participating in fundamental & applied marine science research and conservation
* Explore the Caribbean islands...learn sailing and seamanship...perform SCUBA and snorkeling based field work

Program Duration

1-2 weeks


July 1-15, 2014

Type of Programs

  • High School Study Abroad
  • Adventure Travel


  • English

Cost in US$:


Program Fees Include:

This includes all accommodations, food, sailing, PADI Open Water or Advanced SCUBA certification (includes PADI online course fee, confined water training, check out dives, and certification), transport to/from the airport in Tortola, instructional materials, and program related activities. This does not include airfare, optional dinners ashore, snorkeling equipment, and BVI departure tax.

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Application Process Involves

  • Letters of Reference
  • Online Application
  • Transcript

Typically The Application Process Time is

2 weeks

Post Services Include

  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
  • Alumni Network
  • Job and Internship Network