Our Purpose

Our Purpose

  • We are partnering with TIDE, Toledo Institute for Development and Environment which is a year round organization working to preserve various water habitats of the Payne's Creek National Park in order to protect endangered or vulnerable species native to Belize such as the West Indian Manatee and the Antillean Manatee.
  • Travelers volunteer alongside (TIDE) to help collect data to measure the number of manatees, size, health, and environmental information such as the salinity of water. We will complete and compile data entry.

What to Expect:

  • Each manatee monitoring session (there will be 3) is not physically demanding and typically involves about 3 hours in the morning.

You will visit their various habitats in:

  • Lagoon (Payne’s Creek lagoon area),
  • River (afternoon, traveling first to the entrance of Golden Stream)
  • Along the coastline for additional manatee sighting opportunities)
  • Ocean (in the Frenchman Cayes area of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve)