M/V Oceans for Youth Overview
Explore. Learn. Protect.

The M/V Oceans for Youth is a 100-ft. motor vessel designed as a sustainable exploration and educational platform that supports ecosystem monitoring in the Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. You are invited to join the adventure as part of the official Oceans for Youth Foundation's authorized, legal Cuba Travel Program.

The M/V Oceans for Youth is equipped and staffed for two programs: the EcoExploration Program, and the Classroom-at-Sea Program. It is built for safety and stability and comfortably sleeps up to 24 travelers with a crew of eight.

All programs take place from aboard the vessel in Cuba's Garden's of the Queen National Park, the largest and healthiest marine reserve in the Carbbean with internationally recognized Cuban marine scientists as your guides or instructors.

Author and diver Melissa Smith recently participated in one of our EcoTourism programs and did an amazing job describing the unspoiled beauty of this diverse ecosystem and the importance of the Oceans for Youth Foundation's  "Explore, Learn, Protect" philosophy .

Read Melissa's article in Scuba Diving magazine.

Program Options
(Typically, daily excursions are from the vessel's skiff.)

EcoExploration Program: 8 days/7 nights -- Saturday to Saturday; 7 nights onboard the M/V Oceans for Youth. Guides focus on exploration and natural history. Includes daily snorkel excursions and discussions with marine scientists about field observations and optional evening natural history presentations (in English and/or Spanish). This program includes excursions to multiple sites, island visits, and four optional scuba dives. All field excursions are from tenders.

Who is this program for?
Any group interested in exploring multiple land and sea areas of the Gardens of the Queen National Park while snorkeling shallow reefs, lagoons, and seagrass meadows, navigating through extensive mangroves and discovering pristine beaches and native wildlife.*

Classroom-at-Sea Programs: 8 days/7 nights -- Saturday to Saturday; 7 nights onboard the M/V Oceans for Youth. The trip includes daily instruction and seminars by staff marine scientists about marine ecology, conservation science, and species identification (in English and/or Spanish). The provided course curriculum, “Dynamics and Conservation of Cuban Coastal Ecosystems” (1-week, Introductory; 2-weeks, Advanced) is field-based and taught by the Cuban scientists working and conducting field studies from on board the vessel. Semester-at-Sea itineraries and customized curriculum are also available. These educational programs include snorkel excursions to multiple marine habitats, island explorations, and four optional scuba dives. All field excursions are from tenders.

Who is this program for?
Any high school (age 15 or older), college, or university student or teacher groups; or scouting or other educational institution affiliated groups interested in studying marine biology or ecology in the field.** Marine science educators may develop, integrate or provide their own curriculum. Dive training is also available upon request.

Pick a program & join us aboard the M/V Oceans for Youth
as we "Explore, Learn, Protect".