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Belize Marine Ecology Logistics

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We've thought through every detail of your Belize Marine adventure - from planning to paperwork to travel - so you don't have to. Check below for available travel dates, a sample itinerary, details on lodging and food, FAQ's, and all the materials and forms you'll need for your course.

Find Your Travel Dates

View available dates for individual students and request dates for student groups.

Sample Course Itinerary

View a sample course itinerary (yours may vary) and learn more about all our course activities.

Program Overview

Check out the program details here. From site location to academic content, and most importantly, the program research projects.


Educators: Travel to Belize at no cost with 6 or more students. Learn more about How It Works.


Applying on your own or as part of a group? All students welcome. Learn more about How It Works.

Belize Dates for Individual Students

Safety: EPI's Top Priority

Participant safety is our number one priority. We choose our program sites because they are safe, stable environments, and we contract specialized services (like driving and rafting) to local operators who know the conditions best.

EPI’s extensive medical protocols are designed to keep participants safe. Though we require students to unplug while on course, we do have a 24-hour contact number to facilitate communication with groups when necessary, and our instructors participate in risk management training each year and are certified in Wilderness First Aid. 

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Where does the program take place?
Students arrive and depart from Belize City airport, but we quickly whisk them off to Southern Belize. From the town of Punta Gorda we depart from a field station located on the coast, in Payne's Creek National Park.The rainforest portion of the course takes place in the western uplands of Belize at either a rainforest research station or an eco-lodge, depending on your course.
+ Do we need wetsuits?
Wetsuits aren't required for this course, but we recommend rashguards (see EPI's store) for sun protection while you're in the water.
+ Do I need to bring any first aid supplies?
No. EPI provides all necessary first aid supplies. Our instructors travel with comprehensive first aid kits at all times while on-course, and participants do not need to bring any additional supplies.
+ Is the water safe to drink?
You’ll always have access to clean water. In locations where it’s necessary, EPI provides purified water to participants at all times on-course.

Hear from Past Belize Students

"It is only when you see firsthand how amazing the corals and marine organisms are that you can fully understand the importance of taking care of the wonderful things we have.” - 2014 Belize Participant

Hear from Past Belize Students

“EPI did change me in the way that it made me more interested in different cultures and different environments around the world. It made me aware of the differences I can make.” - 2014 Belize Participant

Belize's Barrier Reef comprises
nearly 80%
of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System