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.
Partnership with Experts
Partnerships with individual experts and credible organizations are crucial. NAI'A teammates include several post grad marine science students from universities in Fiji, Australia and the USA as well as respected professionals such as Conservation International biologist, Dr Gregory Stone, and research biologist, Dr Norman Quinn. We have hosted special research diving trips in conjunction with The University of the South Pacific, New England Aquarium, the South Pacific Humpback Whale Project, the Wilderness Conservation Society and the World Wildlife Fund. Equally important are the long-term relationships we have with government departments in Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and Kiribati.
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.
“Joann & I had a remarkable experience here in Tonga! Our diving trips mostly entail liveaboard boats and this one was the best yet – great crew & great food! You are fortunate to have the ownership in place to allow you to do it right! We won’t easily forget our “Whale Week” on NAI’A – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime gig!!”
~ Terry & Joann