Program Details


The cost of the biology programs is $3,965 per student. This includes all accommodations, food, yacht and small boat activities, PADI Open Water or 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. For more information about the geology programs please contact Scott Harris at

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 90 days no portion of the enrollment fee paid herein is refundable. The deadline for enrollment and full payment of fees is  March 15, 2022. Travel insurance is recommended in the event that MANTA has to cancel the cruise due to severe weather or warnings of severe weather.

Summer 2022 Schedule

High School Students    

June 22 to July 6 – BIOL 209 (4 credits thru CofC, dual-enrollment)                                                                                                    Marine Biology – Intro to Marine Science Diving and Coral Reefs: Dr. Rusty Day 

July 10 to 24 – BIOL 209 (4 credits thru CofC, dual-enrollment)                                                                                                            Marine Biology – Intro to Marine Science Diving and Coral Reefs: Dr. Rusty Day

College Students

June 4 – 18  BIOL 250/250L or BIOL 453/453L (4 credits)                                                                                                                      Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology: Dr. Rusty Day 

July 24 – August 7, GEOL 103/103L (4 credits)                                                                                                                                          Environmental Geology, Dr. Scott Harris, Dr. Rusty Day

TBD: GEOL 357 (4 credits)                                                                                                                                                  Oceanographic research: Dr. Leslie Sautter, Dr. Scott Harris, Dr. Rusty Day


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. A GPA of at least 3.5 is required, or permission of the instructor. Students from public or private domestic high schools, or international schools are welcome to apply. College credits are offered through the College of Charleston through our dual-enrollment program, and will transfer to the university of your choice. MANTA will work with your high school administrators to identify the appropriate high school course that this program will satisfy toward your high school graduation.

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. Please inquire with instructor for prerequisites. 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 2022 College of Charleston Flyer for more information. College of Charleston and non-College of Charleston students are welcome to apply, and credits are transferable to most universities. See the following website for more College of Charleston registration details: