“What the heck is that?!”

You’ve just asked the most common diving question–and with good reason. In the tropics, there is an infinite variety of life.

Creatures from the bizarre to the common live together in this intriguing realm. Some fish wear brightly colored ornamentation to challenge your curiosity, others live nearly hidden by camouflage.

Our Tropical Marine Biology camps and marine science programs, run by our staff marine biologists and oceanographers, offer a fascinating opportunity to affirm or further define your interest in this science while sailing and scuba diving on the reefs. The qualifications and certifications that you earn at our marine biology camp can also be applied toward your high school transcript, as many schools do transfer marine biology credit for these programs.

While reef awareness and underwater naturalist certifications are always part of our advanced diving programs, our marine biology summer camps for high school students reach well beyond these specialties, offering a scientific approach for those who want to learn more.

Our live-aboard program combines scuba diving and field studies with marine sciences, concentrating on building knowledge in this growing area of environmental science.

The activities and study groups are very practical in nature and our students learn by doing, seeing and experiencing those things that most students only read about in books.

AQ’s Marine Biology camps are offered in the British Virgin Islands, run aboard 46-foot catamarans and 50-foot sloops, which become our home and floating classroom and lab for the duration of the voyage. When you attend one of our marine science summer camps, you will become proficient in sailing as you learn to navigate the yacht from island to island and site to site and you’ll develop your scuba diving skills too.

Typical Marine Biology Modules

  • Water: The basis for life
  • Coral Reef Evolution, Structure and Growth
  • The Reefs and Lagoons
  • Interrelationships of Marine Life
  • Sponges, Jellyfish, Crustaceans, Mollusks
  • Artificial Reefs
  • Mangrove Biology
  • Shark Biology
  • Fish Biology & Dissection

View our Marine Bio Study Guide

“Your marine science program offers students an opportunity to be exposed to the curriculum up close and personal, outside the confines of a conventional classroom. They return with a new perspective and a heightened awareness of our oceans and the environmental issues affecting them. Amanda refers to her time at ActionQuest as ‘the best three weeks of my life!’ It was a time of new challenges, new experiences and new friendships.”

JOANN S. - SALINAS, CA

“ActionQuest is a unique, educational, and adventurous experience. I LOVED that the parents knew the itinerary ahead of time and a blog/pictures was such a nice touch! :)”

DARCY R. - ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL

“Our daughter learned a lot, including about herself. She was thrilled to be able to dive in such nice waters, discover this part of the world and the challenges of life on a boat for 3 weeks. She made great friendships and enjoyed the marine biology research aspect of the program.”

CECILE B. - PALO ALTO, CA

“It's my first year at ActionQuest and I have to say it has been one of the best experiences of my life. After doing the Dolphin program, I truly learned what its like to be a marine biologist and I had such a good time this summer meeting amazing people and getting to dive everyday. Thank you so much for providing kids like me with this insane experience.”

ALEXA P. - MANHASSET, NY

Follow the experience

Watch a 3-part series as our 21-day British Virgin Islands program unfolds