WAITT

EXPEDITIONS

We are proud to support cutting edge marine science around the world that strives for scientific discovery in order to bring awareness and policy protections. We embark on a wide range of projects that support topics from conservation biology and marine protected areas (MPAs) with a legacy of work in historical discovery through archeology. 

4,724 SCIENCE DIVES

214,000 MILES TRAVELED

56 COUNTRIES

39 SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITIONS

We maintain a strict open-data policy.

In addition to academic & NGO partners, we seek to partner directly with the governments in whose waters we explore. With particular expertise in nearshore surveys we provide habitat, benthic, fisheries, and other data to key ministries, departments, and decision makers.

PAST

EXPEDITIONS

Maldives

January 2020

Led by the Maldives Marine Research Institute, the Waitt Institute, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, this expedition worked to better understand the health of the ocean environment across the archipelago.

Galapagos to Cocos Island

March 2018

We teamed up with a coalition of partners from several countries to study an international high seas zone of special concern.

Juan Fernandez

March 2017

The Waitt Foundation and National Geographic Pristine Seas conducted a scientific expedition to Chile’s Juan Fernández archipelago, focusing on Alejandro Selkirk Island and making dives at several sites near Robinson Crusoe Islands.

Eastern Azores

September 2016

The Waitt Foundation teamed up with the Ocean Azul Foundation to conduct scientific dive surveys in the islands of the Azores.

Curaçao

November 2015

The Waitt Foundation and the Waitt Institute supported an expedition to a potential new Blue Halo Initiative site, Curaçao, in the Lesser Antilles Islands.

Great Barrier Reef

December 2014

The Waitt Foundation partnered with the University of Queensland's Global Change Institute and Catlin Seaview Survey to survey areas on the Great Barrier Reef.

Fiji Vatu-i-ra

March 2014

This Waitt Expedition with Wildlife Conservation Society’s Dr. Stacy Jupiter was a culmination of several previous expeditions studying the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape.

Cook Islands

August 2013

Working with Oceans 5, the Waitt Foundation conducted an expedition in the Cook Islands in order to conduct dive surveys and inform the local government in the creation of Marine Protected Areas.

The Arctic

July 2012

The Waitt Foundation worked with Greenpeace USA during the Summer of 2012 to help inform the science of the Arctic.

Albania Archaeology

August 2008

The Waitt Foundation took part in an exploratory expedition off the coast of southern Albania when our team of divers explored and documented an ancient shipwreck from the 3rd century BCE that had been discovered the previous summer by the RPM Nautical Foundation.

Western Azores

June 2018

Working with the Oceano Azul Foundation, the University of the Azores, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, we explored the islands of Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Flores and Corvo in the Azores.

French Polynesia & Kiribati

August 2017

The challenge for this international team of volunteers was to survey coral reefs at a subset of atolls in the Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia, and revisit several islands in the Southern Line Islands, Republic of Kiribati.

Cape Horn

February 2017

The Waitt Foundation and National Geographic Pristine Seas carried out a scientific expedition to the Magallanes region to study the marine ecosystems in its fjords and remote islands, and making recommendations to the government of Chile for their conservation and sustainable use.

Cashes Ledge

June 2016

We continued our Blue Parks expedition, again hosting a team of scientists and photographer Brian Skerry aboard our expedition ship.

Montserrat

October 2015

The Waitt Foundation and Waitt Institute supported an expedition to a new Blue Halo Initiative site, the Emerald of the Caribbean: Montserrat.

Solomon Islands

June 2014

We partnered with the Solomon Islands Community Conservation partnership to conduct scientific assessments in the Western Province.

Vava'u, Tonga

February 2014

The Waitt Foundation joined with Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to conduct BIORAP scientific surveys of the island group of Vava’u in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Gabon

October 2012

The Waitt Foundation, in conjunction with National Geographic’s Pristine Seas program, conducted an expedition in Gabon in order to inform the government on ocean conditions and to work towards extension of land based Protected Areas into marine spaces.

Gulf of Mexico

October 2010

We partnered with Greenpeace in order to assist in a study of the ongoing disaster of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Lesser Antilles

November 2016

Santa Elena

May 2018

Working with Mar Viva and scientists from the University of Costa Rica, Equipo Tora Carey, University Vèritas and Misión Tiburón, we conducted scientific surveys in support of filling protection gaps in both land and water based Nature Preserves in Santa Elena Bay, Costa Rica.

Tonga

June 2017

A team from the 100 Island Challenge joined our surveyors with one of their signature cameras; they will put together 3D datasets of photographic mosaics that will give researchers an unparalleled view into just exactly what life is on the reefs.

Lesser Antilles

November 2016

The Waitt Institute and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography conducted a rapid scientific assessment of the coral reefs around the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean.

Pulley Ridge

May 2016

Our research ship headed toward Dry Tortugas in the Florida Keys with the goal of documenting the fauna and flora in the region in order to support recommendations for protections.

Selvagens Islands

September 2015

The Waitt Foundation partnered with National Geographic’s Pristine Seas and their team headed up by explorer Paul Rose, for a 10-day expedition to the Selvagens Islands, south of Madeira in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Fiji Sharks

April 2014

This Waitt Expedition's goals were to deploy Research Objective Cameras for insights on local populations and then attach satellite transponders to several sharks.

New Caledonia

November 2013

This expedition was able to accomplish that most difficult of goals for this program, to study a reef free of the impact of man.

Atlantic Seamounts

October 2012

We sent two Autonomous Underwater Vehicles onto an expedition to study seamounts and submerged canyons off the north eastern United States.

Titanic

September 2010

In September of 2010 the Waitt Foundation teamed up with RMS Titanic, WHOI and NOAA to work together to produce the first ever mosaic of the entire debris field of the Titanic.

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