Students Diving in Honduras

Roatan, Honduras


Diving allowed me to explore a whole new biome which consumes 70% of our world. There's lots of it to explore, and I'm just getting started. - 2016 participant

Coral Reef Ecology is a field-oriented marine course that allows students, through the use of SCUBA, to explore the pristine reefs and drop offs that surround the Bay Island of Roatan, Honduras. Students may register for one of two courses:  BIO 180 – Biology Field Studies, which fulfills the Natural Sciences laboratory requirement, or BIO 482 – Coral Reef Ecology, an upper level Biology elective.  Students interested in BIO 180 need authorization by the instructor to register.  BIO 482 has pre-requisites of BIO 305, as well as consent of the instructor. 

Dr. Bill Davin, Professor of Biology, has taken students abroad every two years since 1998.  His next program is scheduled for June 2-16, 2018, with the group meeting on the Berry campus daily during the week following graduation.  Campus housing during that week is free of charge, and meals are not included.  Contact Dr. Davin!

Roatan Institute for Marine Science (RIMS) 
Located off the northwest coast of Honduras, Roatan is home to over 30 miles of barrier reefs, sea-grass beds, mangroves, and an abundance of life. The facility was founded in 1989 with the purpose of preserving Roatan’s natural resources through education and research. Consisting of an Education Center, dry and wet laboratories, and the Roatan Museum, RIMS is an ideal center for learning the Marine sciences. This course is offered alternating summers and was most recently offered in 2016.

Anthony’s Key Resort Accommodations
Students are housed in hillside bungalows overlooking the lagoon and reef. Each room has a ceiling fan, private bathroom, hot water shower, and porch with hammocks. Anthony’s Key Resort generates its own power to provide 24-hour electricity (110V). Each bungalow holds up to 4 students.

Three meals a day are included. They are usually served in Anthony’s Key Resort dining area. A typical meal usually consists of fresh fruit and vegetables, rice or pasta, and choices of beef, chicken, or fish.

Other Amenities
Gift shop, dock snack shop, water sports (kayaks, canoes, included with program), horseback riding and swimming pool.

The program price in 2016 was approximately $3310 without airfare. Course price includes tuition, supplies, accommodation, all meals, in-country transportation, and other items.  Airfare is booked and paid for independently by each student.