Dive green, spot whale sharks, or go pro with a marine conservation IDC internship in Utila, Honduras.

Bay Islands College of Diving - PADI 5* CDC & Gold Palm Resort

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Conservation through Research, Restoration and Education

: Bay Islands College of Diving

Where: Utila, Honduras

When: All year round.

  • Whale Sharks: Peak season for whale sharks is March to April, but they are sighted regularly throughout the year.

About: A PADI 5* CDC (Career Development Centre) and Gold Palm Resort offering:

  • PADI courses and dive packages
  • Dive trips to all the popular sites around the Island of Utila in the Bay Islands of Honduras.
  • Dorm rooms included with all fun diving and dive courses. Upgrade options available at additional cost.
  • The centre has the island’s only Hyperbaric Chamber and Trauma Centre.
  • Go Pro with with a Marine Conservation IDC Internship.
  • The chance to get involved in marine conservation via their partner conservation organisation – The Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Center (WSORC). Learn to survey coral reefs, monitor whale sharks and more.

Green Credentials:

  • PADI Green Star Award.
  • The first 100% Project AWARE centre on Utila.
  • Onsite Naturalist Division – The Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Center. The only dive centre in Honduras that has been recognised by the government and awarded a permit to conduct marine research.
  • Whale shark tracking and monitoring.
  • Coral reef monitoring programme.
  • ReefCheck member.
  • Lionfish management, in partnership with Oxford University and Operation Wallacea.

Dive Training: Full range of PADI courses from Discover Scuba Diving and Open Water to Rescue. They also teach many speciality courses including: Full Face Mask Diver, Sidemount Diver, Wreck, Underwater photography, Underwater Naturalist, Project AWARE courses, and more. Technical Diving courses also available.

Tec Diving: Tec 40, 45 and 50, Tec Deep and Tec Deep Instructor courses.

Go Pro: PADI Divemaster, Instructor, Staff Instructor, and more professional courses available.

Marine Conservation IDC Internship: This 3 month internship combines professional diving tuition with marine conservation activities, including:

  • Training and data collection in benthic and fish monitoring studies.
  • Whale shark research and identification.
  • Lionfish regulation management.
  • Introduction to how NGO’s operate within Marine Protected Areas.


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