The Smithsonian Research Institute in Belize is located at Carrie Bow Caye, approximately a 20 minute boat ride from Tobacco Caye.
The field station has operated on the Belize Barrier Reef since 1972. The station is open to scientific visitors year round and offers unparalleled access to coral reef environments, sea grass meadows and mangrove forests. This small and highly functional field laboratory boasts a flow-through sea water system, wet and dry lab space, full scuba facilities, research vessels and living quarters for up to 6 researchers.
See Zach Foltz the Station Manager at Carrie Bow Caye give an in depth tour of the station here
The complimentary tour of the Smithsonian Research Institute in Belize often forms a key highlight and learning experience for students participating in a study abroad programme at Tobacco Caye Marine Station. During a tour students can expect to gain a full appreciation of a remote working marine biology lab studying biology, ecology and geology of coral reef ecosystems. An added bonus, but not always guaranteed, are talks from researchers staying on the island about their individual projects and research.