The Tobacco Caye Marine Station is self sustainable, from harvesting rain water to producing electricity via photovoltaic panels situated on top of the roof. Our two story building houses the classroom on the ground floor and Station Managers accommodation on the top floor.
Our classroom is equipped with resources on coral, fish and invertebrate indentification. We also have a range of publications and papers from previous groups available. Our lab area has microscopes and a wet area. We have a chalk board and smart projector with a small selection of documentaries for viewing.
We have a stock of over 30 pairs of well maintained snorkel gear, including mask, snorkel and fins. Snorkel vests are also available to aid buoyancy with new snorkellers.
Our accommodation partner, Windward Lodge, offers three bunkhouses which sleep six with an additional bunkhouse housing four. Waterfront cabanas are ideal for group leaders. All accommodation is rustic and comfortable with showers and 24/7 electricity.
There is an onsite volleyball court for group downtime and a beautifully kept kitchen and dining hall which serves three meals a day.
The reef as our classroom
We are lucky to be able to walk into the Caribbean Sea from Tobacco Caye and see rays, corals and a huge variety of fish. Students must snorkel in buddy pairs during free time periods in this area. Our snorkel sites show great diversity and are ideal for fish and coral identification. Our range of snorkel sites show students different habitats such as mangroves, sea grass and the coral reef and how they all intertwine.
Tobacco Caye Island
Spreading over nearly 4 acres, Tobacco Caye is an ideal place to bring study abroad students due to its small size and easy navigation. The island is home to around 30 permanent residents including business owners and fishermen. The local people are very friendly and love to share their knowledge and passion for the area.