- Nadi, Fiji
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Program Description:
Most people that get in the water do their best to avoid sharks. On this academic expedition, we go looking for them. Survey the natural history, biology, behavior, and ecological and social importance of these formidable creatures that now, after millions of years, are in danger of extinction. Observe and study sharks up close in a controlled underwater environment at the Shark Reef Marine Reserve (SRMR). Witness shark habitats and work toward protecting them. There’s even time for a cultural visit in a Fijian village, where stories of an ancient protective Shark God are shared. In Fiji, it’s all shark week all the time.
Study shark physiology, habitats, conservation and myths. Scuba dive with sharks while collecting data for your own research project. Collect data for the Shark Foundation Database. Learn about the cultural and historical connection between sharks and Fijian culture. Immerse yourself in the culture of traditional Fijian villages. Learn about sustainable eco tourism. Earn three Marine Science college credits through Lesley University.
Program costs include tuition, housing, meals, excursions, orientation, airport pick-up & drop off, and student support throughout the entire program. It does not include international airfare.
- Setting Description:
- On the southern edge of Viti Levu, Fiji, a bull shark chases lunch, curious lemon sharks check out equally scuba divers, and a nurse shark relaxes on the ocean floor. It’s just another day at the Shark Reef Marine Reserve, a patch reef near the Beqa Passage. After arriving in Fiji, we head to Pacific Harbour to hook up with Beqa Adventure Divers. This dive outfitter will guide us into the reserve where shark behavior and physiology are witnessed up close, in a real world setting. Take the Beqa passage to western side of Beqa Island and land at Rukua Village. This traditional village is just a short boat ride (10 km) from Pacific Harbour, yet miles from modern day Fiji. The Chief will likely grant you permission to hike Shark Fin Hill. Broadreach will most certainly grant you access to a dive site on the north end of the island where sharks are known to gather. It’s not a question of whether or not you’ll see sharks, but rather how many. Return to the Shark Reserve for further hands-o
Based on 3 Reviews
- Amazing Experience!!10/16/18This trip was one of the coolest things I've ever done! Swimming with sharks, exploring the village, and meeting so many sweet people is something I'll never forget! Would definitely recommend this to ANYONE and EVERYONE!!Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Sharks Abroad01/19/18
Traveling with the Broadreach Shark Behavior and Conservation program fermented my passion for marine biology and launched me into my current career. I went on this program over 5 years ago and I am still connected to the friends I made on this trip.
It fostered my independence, enhanced my desire to travel and appreciate different cultures, and really defined my career goals. I speak highly of this trip to anyone who is interested in pursuing marine biology and/or conservation-related careers. This trip truly changed my life.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I had the pleasure of attending the Shark Behavior and Conservation program through Broadreach in July of 2016. This trip has impacted my life in ways I could not have dreamed. A country of pure beauty and bliss combined with an incredible academic curriculum,
led me to learn so much about techniques in conservation, shark species, the Fijian way of life and I learned so much about myself. Being able to be hands on, underwater, up close and personal with top predators like sharks through this program is a once in a lifetime experience. The Beqa Adventure Divers are amazing guides and friends whom I was able to learn a great deal from in regards to shark behavior/encounters, and overall SCUBA diving techniques. Through this trip I became friends with an amazing group of people who allowed me to be true to myself. An open judgment free space to learn about the ocean with people who love it too. I have created lifelong friends through this program. Studying in Fiji, diving with turtles, fish, coral and understanding overall what sharks actually mean to this world, gave me a new outlook on many aspects in life. Fiji holds a special place in my heart. If you are thinking about taking this trip, go. Go with an open mind and an open heart and let Fiji touch you like it has touched me.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend