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Colourful coral reefs to be explored off Africa


Combine Ocean Exploration & Luxury Yachting

Enrich your travels by having a goal in mind, a purpose for travelling to the edge of the map. Alongside marine scientists, embark on an epic adventure to the remote corners of our world on board a luxury yacht, unveiling some extraordinary discoveries and contributing to the protection of our most crucial ecosystem, our oceans.

From the Red Sea to Mozambique, Pelorus are offering guests the opportunity to discover extraordinary depths of our ocean alongside marine scientists, thanks to the Pelorus Foundation and its partnership with these organisations.

First-hand exposure is the key to protecting the natural world and by pairing luxury yachts with marine scientists, Pelorus can provide guests with the special experience of making unique discoveries. Vast areas of our oceans still remain undiscovered, and it is crucial we expose these hidden spots so we can determine the health of our oceans.

These areas tend to be the most beautiful destinations in the world, the unexplored areas left to flourish without human intervention stunting it. In its hope to protect and preserve at risk environments, the Pelorus Foundation has partnered with organisations capable of introducing you to some of Africa’s most remote waters, home to a bounty of treasures waiting to be discovered through vital marine research.

Travel bucket list Scuba divers conducting marine research in the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique Scuba diving for marine research, Red Sea
Image of half coral underwater, half tropical island Adventure Experience Bazaruto Archipelago Mozambique

Where can you get involved?

Scientists are making unique discoveries all of the time. A trip precisely planned by the Pelorus experts can make contributing to the next scientific breakthrough possible, through the means of sourcing the correct vessel, building relationships with expert contacts in unique destinations, and the knowledge of planning incredible adventures.

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REEF PROTECTOR Marine Research Project

Mozambique’s waters are equally as fascinating as the African plains. Instead of the Big Five, you will catch sightings of dugong, mangrove forests and seagrass meadows. Although, there is great opportunity for a terrestrial safari across Mozambique’s Bazaruto archipelago too. 

The Pelorus Foundation is supporting the West Indian Ocean Research Initiative and their programme designed to collect scientific marine data on seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef ecosystems, with the intention of protecting precarious marine habitats and their species. This is essentially achieved by providing authorities and research institutions with their findings and prompting local fishermen and communities to live in harmony with their marine environment.

From August, this research project will see you venture out from the comforts of REEF PROTECTOR, and take to the sky alongside an oceanographic scientist to track the feeding patterns of the dugong and sight pods of whales by microlight over the Bazaruto archipelago. Dive and snorkel these exotic waters, measuring the overall health of the coastline before discussing your findings over sundowners on the bow of your luxury yacht.

Sudan & Eritrea

Sea Check Research

Operating in uncharted waters, this programme presents the unique expedition opportunity to make world-first discoveries, as Sudan and Eritrea will be surveyed and checked for the first time by marine scientists. This exciting research project is the ideal opportunity to combine adventure, exploration and conservation in a beautiful part of the world, the Red Sea.

Together, the Pelorus Foundation and CORDIO are pioneering a Sea Check system. This will run with the purpose of providing information to paint a picture of the sea’s health, to be fed back to CORDIO and Seas4Life for further analysis, from where they will be used to raise awareness. This immersive expedition is suitable for inquisitive guests who wish to broaden their knowledge of the health of our oceans, observe pelagic organisms and record the anthropogenic effects on this fragile ecosystem.

Africa is an extraordinary place to carry out marine research projects. With numerous marine species, idyllic coastal landscapes, and some of the most undiscovered waters on our planet, you will be sure to experience serendipitous encounters both above and below the waterline.

By pairing up marine scientists with our private yachts, we can provide the perfect base for from which vital marine research can be carried out from. Not only can we aid in the research process, we create the ideal opportunity for inspiring guest involvement, eye-opening experiences of the natural world, and a deeper understanding of the intricate process of preserving our planet.

The idea of venturing into the usually tricky and inaccessible areas, on board a luxury yacht with marine scientists in tow, is catching on.


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