The Art Of Duck Diving

The first time I tried to duck dive, Mark, our Volunteer Coordinator, took us all out to Coral View to practice our snorkelling technique for CoralWatch surveys. For the surveys we have to assess the coral to see how much bleaching is occurring in the area. We duck dive down […]

Learning to Lionfish   Recently updated !

We’ve come to the end of another fun and busy week here with WSORC as we start our ocean safaris, beach clean ups and research dives! We’ve been improving our duck diving technique and are getting better at fish identification on the coralwatch surveys, whilst obtaining important information on the health […]

My First Day on Utila

After 36 hours, 4 planes, weather delays, uncomfortable airport stopovers and a serious lack of vegetarian food I finally found myself touching down on Utila’s ‘airport’ runway… When I say airport I mean more glorified shed but none the less as soon as I left the 6 seater plane I […]


Saving the Swamper   Recently updated !

Volunteering at the whale shark centre is full of surprises…while we are working for the conservation of ‘the gentle giant’ there are other people putting a lot of effort into keeping a real taste of the island by taking care of species endemic to Utila, the spiny tailed “swamper” iguana. […]



Development on Utila: How will it affect the island?

Since its early history as a pirate refuge to its modern day status as a hangout for expatriates and adventurous travelers, Utila has been a place for people looking to escape reality…or at least find a new one. Nestled in its own remote corner of the Caribbean Sea, Utila has […]


Snorkel Clean Up 29th January 2015

This morning we had a snorkel clean up in Utila Harbour, starting out from Utila Lodge dock and ending up at Sandy Bay Apartments.   Thanks to the WSORC team, Owen, Mark, Annie, Kristen and Jess and special thanks to Nina Widjaja and Cedric Depinay for taking the time to […]

WSORC Goes on Sea Turtle Patrol! – By Chris

  Last week, three members of the WSORC team headed to the North side of Utila to take part in the turtle monitoring program here on Utila Island. Hannah, Joe and I (Chris) all donned long comfortable clothing and packed our bags with cameras and snacks in preparation of a […]

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Iguana Station Visit! By Joe Painter   Recently updated !

This week WSORC volunteer Joe and our two new interns Chris & Hannah took a trip up to the Iguana Research & Breeding Station, a fellow local conservation organisation in Utila to learn about the research and conservation efforts they are involved with. In 2004, the Utila spiny-tailed, or swamper, […]