Scuba divers on NAI’A are excellent citizen scientists contributing to coral reef monitoring and marine baseline studies in Fiji and whale identification in Tonga.
Oceanic Conservation and Discovery
In an effort to provide a meaningful and enjoyable eco-tourism experience, NAI'A pursues these projects:
- Ocean Temperature Monitoring at Depth - we set and retrieve recorders and deliver data to the scientist
- Tonga Humpback Whale Expeditions - whale watching alongside whale research
- Coral Reef Monitoring - divers can assist cruise directors or guest scientists in tracking reef health
- Coral Reef Baseline Surveys - guest scientists lead surveys on board
- Primal Ocean Project, Phoenix Islands - diving discovery and scientific research expeditions to isolated Kiribati archipelago
We endeavour to educate and enrich our diving guests by:
- Offering daily video screenings on local marine life or conservation issues
- Visiting remote villages for casual cultural exchanges and traditional ceremonies
- Encouraging exploratory dives on regular trips or hosting special discovery trips to uncharted territories
- In addition to all of Fiji and Tonga, NAI'A has voyaged to New Caledonia and Vanuatu, Funafuti, Rotuma, Samoa and the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati
NAI’A partners with scientists from the University of the S. Pacific, World Wildlife Fund, Wilderness Conservation Society, Conservation International and more.
The remarkable diving in the Phoenix Islands World Heritage Site was first discovered by NAI’A in 1997. The ship has made the 2,000-mile expedition ten times.
NAI’A passengers often participate in marine eco-tourism projects using their skill and experience to contribute to science and enhance their own experience.
Having learned from guest scientists, NAI’A crew present the knowledge to our guests to add value to the scuba diving experience in Fiji or whales in Tonga.