Program Details


The cost of the program is $3,815 per student. This includes all accommodations, food, yacht and small boat activities, PADI Open Water and Advanced SCUBA certification (includes PADI online course fee, confined water training, check out dives, and certification), ground transportation, instructional materials, and all program related activities. This does not include airfare, optional dinners ashore, snorkeling equipment, and BVI departure tax. Students registering for credit through the College of Charleston must also pay tuition, a $50 application fee, and $60 medical insurance.

Terms and Conditions

A 50% deposit is required upon enrollment. Prior to 90 days from commencement date a cancellation fee of 20% of the enrollment fee is charged in the event of a refund, regardless of the reason. After 150 days no portion of the enrollment fee paid herein is refundable. The deadline for enrollment and full payment of fees is  December 1, 2019. Travel insurance is recommended in the event that MANTA has to cancel the cruise due to severe weather or warnings of severe weather.

Summer 2020 Schedule

High School Students    

May 30 – June 13, Experiential Learning (not for college credit)                                                                                        Marine Biology – Intro to Marine Science Diving and Coral Reefs 

June 17 to July 1, BIOL 209 (4 credits thru CofC, dual enrollment)                                                                                     Marine Biology – Intro to Marine Science Diving and Coral Reefs

College Students

Non-CofC          May 11 – 25, BIOL 250/250L or BIOL 453/453L (4 credits)                                                                         Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology, Dr. Rusty Day

CofC Students  July 7 – 21, BIOL 250/250L or BIOL 453/453L (4 credits)                                                                          Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology, Dr. Rusty Day

CofC Students   July 25 – August 8, GEOL 103/103L (4 credits)                                                                                           Environmental Geology, Dr. Scott Harris


Teacher Development Workshop – Aug 11 to 18


Students do not require any previous SCUBA diving, or boating experience for participation in MANTA programs. To complete the PADI Open Water Diver or PADI Advanced Diver certifications, students will be required to pass a swim test, and must be physically eligible. Physical eligibility is determined by a PADI questionnaire and (if necessary) a doctors examination. A valid passport is required for entry to the British Virgin Islands.  Acceptance is contingent upon a teacher recommendation, statement of interest, and a disciplinary check.

High School:  High School students must be rising juniors, rising seniors, or recent graduates who have completed physical science and biology.

College:  Enrollment in BIOL 453/453L is for majors in Biology, Marine Biology, or a related major providing the requisite coursework in life sciences.  Non-biology and non-science majors may enroll in the program as BIOL 250/250L with no prerequisites with permission of the instructor.  All students must apply through the College of Charleston Center for International Education and register for the British Virgin Islands Study Abroad course. See the 2020 College of Charleston Flyer for more information. Non-College of Charleston students are eligible for the appropriate section if enrolled in an accredited university. See the following website for more College of Charleston registration details: