Marine Conservation in Nicaragua

Nicaragua boosts some of the most diverse and beautiful coral reefs in all of the Caribbean, and the Corn island’s are one of its best kept secrets. This is the idyllic location of Azul Conservation (previously Marine Conservation Nicaragua).

The island’s are as unspoiled as you can find in Central America. There are no motorized vehicles, power is only on a few hours a day, and there are no chain stores or ATMs. It is a perfect place to come and immerse yourself in a unique and interesting culture while getting to learn all about marine research, restoration, and protection.

Courses are run out of Dolphin Dive Center, which has a long standing record of safety and professionalism, as well as a goal to enhance the local community by preserving the local environment.

What We Offer

Most courses at Azul Conservation are last 1 week, and you must attend the first week before starting the second one. However, drop-ins are welcome on certain days, such as for Ecological Monitoring Program Surveys. Below is a list of the courses we have on offer, as well as the current prices (in USD)

Course# DivesPrice
Coral Reef Ecology1$99.00
Ecological Monitoring Program5$295.00
Advanced Ecological Monitoring Program12$775.00
Coral Taxonomy & Identification2$145.00
Shark Ecology and Population Studies1$89.00
Lionfish Removal & Invasion Studies1$89.00
Coral Nursery Theory and Techniques3$185.00
Artificial Reef Theory Techniques3$205.00
Mooring Line Maintenance0$25.00
Sea Turtle Ecology & Population Studies1$99.00


Internships are for those that really want to dive into a career in marine conservation. This course will prepare you for a graduate degree, give you the shills to find work in the field, or hopefully even inspire you enough to start your own program.

Cost: $2,150 USD (includes 30 dives)

Best Time to Visit

The island’s are generally lovely year round, however to avoid chances of rain, the best times to visit are between December and May, which is considered the dry season. Rains are most intense in June, but most days we can still go diving.

Book a Course

If you are interested in booking a course with Azul Conservation in Nicaragua then you can do so straight from their website or by emailing