The Great Barrier Reef is the biggest coral reef system on the planet, and the world’s largest living structure. Why not take advantage of this natural wonder to add depth to your students’ marine biology knowledge? With a “hands-on” approach, our excursions introduce your students to an incredible underwater universe. Join us for a custom-designed program focusing on the delights of the sea.
Here are trips that incorporate reef and marine studies:
Ecosystems at Risk: Coral Reefs Study
4 Days / 3 Nights
Discover the Wonders of the Great Barrier Reef
Trips starting from: $645 per student
Reef and Marine Studies
6 Days / 5 Nights
Marine Science in Paradise
Trips starting from: $995 per student
Ecosystems at Risk: Reefs and Rainforests
6 Days / 5 Nights
Geography Studies at The Earth's Biodiversity Hot Spots
Trips starting from: $1095 per student
Australian Tropical Biology
13 Days / 12 Nights
Marine and Terrestrial Biology in the Tropics
Trips starting from: $2595 per student
Any of the following can be combined into your custom education tour in Australia:
Marine Biologist Reef Presentation
A must for every marine-based trip! You learn from a marine biologist what you are likely to see during your time at the Great Barrier Reef. From corals that take whimsical shapes to a host of colourful and sometimes bizarre fish and crustaceans, you learn how to identify the most common creatures at the reef. More importantly, you learn about the real hazards at the reef (like the innocent-looking cone shell) versus the imagined ones (like scary sharks) fueled by Hollywood myths. This presentation is the perfect introduction to the reef and region’s biodiversity, and helps you appreciate the underwater world you are about to experience.
Learn Marine Biologists’ Field Techniques
As part of your learning, perform an underwater transect with your marine biologist guide. Using a marked rope and a quadrat, you use a real-life field technique commonly used in marine science. Your guide explains what to look for, and while snorkelling you identify crustaceans, fish and coral populations.
Visit a Turtle Rehbilitation Centre
Learn what contributes to the deaths and injuries of “Crush” and his friends at the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Volunteers have just built a new turtle clinic facility on Fitzroy Island, which is an extension if the existing facility in Cairns. The centre treats and cares for sick, injured and stranded sea turtles, and in small groups you tour the facility to learn how volunteers’ efforts help save these creatures.
Snorkelling and Mini-Lectures with Marine Biologist at Fitzroy Island
With full use of snorkel gear, you can walk right into the water to explore the magnificent reef system that surrounds Fitzroy Island, part of the Inner Great Barrier Reef. Just offshore a kaleidoscope of marine life beckons to be discovered: colourful corals, parrot and lionfish, turtles, cuttle fish, rays and giant clams. Your marine biologist guide delivers mini-lectures between snorkel sessions. Options for overnight stay on this gorgeous tropical island.
Service Project with Eye on The Reef
Participate in Eye on the Reef–a community-based initiative developed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). Contribute to Small World Journeys’ ongoing data collection at an island on the inner Great Barrier Reef to monitor coral bleaching, coral predators and other species.
Stay at JCU's Island Research Station
Ferry to a James Cook Univeristy-sponsored island research station, where students of all ages can use the massive “touch tank”, snorkel in a sheltered bay, explore the phenomenal giant clamgardens, and use the facility’s microscopes and wet labs to further their learning.
Earn a SCUBA certification
Earn a PADI Open Water SCUBA certification over 4 days in order to better discover the marine life of The Great Barrier Reef. For those who are already certified, you can earn a PADI Advanced Open Water certification. Some students may be eligible to earn university credit for their SCUBA studies as well.
Marine Debris Service Project
Give back to the community by helping clean up a section of coastline indentified as a “marine debris hotspot”. With the help of your marine debris identification manuals, you will collate data on what you find, which is submitted it the National Marine Debris Database. This database is then used by industry, educational facilities, local, state and federal government agencies and other community groups for research and education as well as to help in finding ways of reducing marine debris in the local area. Students also learn how their their data helps support local non-profit organisation’s efforts to affect major organizations and companies’ policies.
Overnight Stay at Reef HQ and Turtle Hospital
Stay as a group among the creatures of the sea at Townsville’s celebrated Reef HQ. Here you can experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet! Reef HQ boasts the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, and you go behind-the-scenes of the 2.5 million-litre Coral Reef Exhibit. Studnets get to observe the nocturnal habits of the reef creatures, have dinner and then fall asleep with the amazing reef creatures that call Reef HQ Aquarium home. As part of your stay, you visit the turtle hospital–a dedicated facility where sick and injured marine turtles are cared for and rehabilitated.
Field Guides and Fish/Coral ID Tiles
Every student on a Small World Journeys marine-based educational excursion receives a set of waterproof coral and fish ID tiles as well as a field guide written by one of our guides: 101 Animals of the Great Barrier Reef. These tools are handy for species identification and are an educational souvenir.
Interested, But Don’t Know Where to Start?
Even if you don’t see your group’s interest above, chances are we can make it happen. Our trips are hand-crafted for those who cannot find exactly what they want from the inflexible set itineraries of large tour operators.
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