Ocean Doctor’s Award-Winning Cuba Educational Experiences

An Unforgettable Learning Adventure

Ocean Doctor’s award-winning educational experiences in Cuba are unique, providing participants with a rich, in-depth experience that draws from our more than 16 years leading collaborative research and conservation work in Cuba. Participating in our educational programs provides participants with exclusive access to some of Cuba’s most important scientists, conservationists and community leaders, working tirelessly to help Cuba navigate profound change while protecting its natural and cultural heritage.

Travel to Cuba under Ocean Doctor’s Cuba Educational Experiences Program is legal for U.S. citizens and residents. Ocean Doctor is licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department for educational programs to Cuba and we work to ensure that all activities are in full compliance with U.S. Treasury regulations. Despite the normalization of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S., the U.S. economic embargo of Cuba remains in place. Under the embargo, travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens for tourism is prohibited. However, licensed “people-to-people” educational visits are permitted.

Vinales, Cuba (c) David E. Guggenheim
Outside Magazine Cover 2015

Ocean Doctor’s Cuba Educational Experiences program was recognized in Outside Magazine’s Best Of Awards for 2015!

Sandy Driscoll

Our trip…exceeded my expectations! The Cuban people were warm and welcoming to us all. Our educational programs totally raised my awareness of the beauty and importance of keeping our reefs healthy…I hope that David and Ocean Doctor can continue these programs to others.

Sandy Driscoll
Ocean Doctor's Cuba Travel Program is the cover story in Scuba Diving Magazine

Ocean Doctor’s Cuba Educational Experiences were the cover story in Scuba Diving Magazine!

Upcoming Scheduled Educational Experiences

Space is extremely limited for our trips, so please get in touch as soon as possible if you’re interested in participating.

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Want something unique? We can customize an education experience for your group.

School Educational Experiences

In partnership with the University of Havana, Ocean Doctor has developed custom educational programs and expeditions to Havana, Cuba’s Isle of Youth and other locales for U.S. schools seeking a unique and enriching educational experience. Our programs include opportunities for students to fulfill service requirements by engaging with local communities and participating in hands-on research and conservation projects. Students have an unforgettable opportunity to snorkel or scuba dive alongside Cuban researchers and graduate students and participate in real research efforts. Our trips are ideal for middle school through undergraduate levels. Please contact us for a consultation.

Custom Educational Experiences in Cuba

Ocean Doctor, in partnership with our travel providers and Cuban colleagues, offers custom educational experiences for groups interested in Cuba’s natural environment, conservation and understanding the changes now taking place on the island. Whether your group is a small family group or a large organizational delegation, we’re happy to work with you and lead your educational experience in Cuba. (Our minimum group size is 8. If you have a smaller group, please consider one of our scheduled trips.) Please get in touch for more information and a consultation. Please also be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to receive updates on our Cuba Educational Experiences.

About Us

Ocean Doctor is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to advance the conservation of the world’s oceans through scientific research, education and community engagement. Our Cuba Conservancy Program is built on more than 16 years of work experience in Cuba. Strong collaboration between Cuban and American scientists and conservation experts is at the core of our program At the core of Cuba Conservancy’s mission is to establish sustained collaboration between Cuba and the United States to:

  • ensure enduring, locally-supported marine research and conservation programs in Cuba.
  • contribute to major advances in the scientific understanding of Cuba’s natural resources.
  • achieve meaningful, long-lasting conservation for Cuba’s marine ecosystems and shared ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • forge long-term collaborative relationships with our Cuban colleagues.
  • help train the next generation of Cuban marine scientists.

The program builds upon a strong foundation of scientific research. Research not only serves the purpose of advancing science and informing conservation policy efforts, but also helps forge strong, long-term collaborative relationships and credibility, facilitating efforts in the policy arena.

IMPORTANT: Touristic travel to Cuba by Americans remains ILLEGAL. Despite normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the trade embargo remains in effect. Please be aware of travel scams as a number of travel agencies are illegally offering scuba diving and fly fishing packages to U.S. citizens without proper licensing or by offering trips under unrelated licenses, such as religious licenses or humanitarian aid. Booking travel directly with these organizations violates U.S. law. Travel with Ocean Doctor is legal under a license from U.S. Department of Treasury. Click here for more information.

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