Have you ever wanted to dive among the world’s most diverse and remarkable underwater ecosystems but couldn’t find the time for a trip to Australia? Well want no more because the world’s second largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, is the perfect place for you to fulfill that wish. Stretching from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay Islands of Honduras, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is a beautiful reef system with a stunning level of biodiversity rivaling that of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. But much like its famous cousin across the seas, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is threatened by human activity and needs your help to survive.
Carey Satin, a volunteer with Solimar International—the parent company of The Undiscovered Travel Collection—created a brief documentary (click here for the video) based on her work in the Bay Islands at the southern end of the reef. The documentary consists of a compilation of Satin’s personal underwater images portraying the vibrant, colorful reef ecosystem and an educational narrative discussing the wonders and importance of barrier reefs and how sustainable tourism, particularly sustainable dive tourism, can help with the reef’s recovery and survival.
The documentary’s primary objective—to increase awareness of and support for ecological conservation initiatives along the reef—is perfectly in tune with Solimar’s mission. “Tourism,” Satin says, “can work in concert with conservation allowing for the use of natural capital in ways that can be profitable while maintaining the health and productivity of vital ecosystems such as coral reefs,” and this is exactly what we here at Solimar strive to do. So, if you’re looking for a fun adventure that simultaneously allows you to support the conservation of one of the world’s most beautiful and important ecosystems, then a diving trip to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is just the ticket, and The Undiscovered Travel Collection can help you get there.