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    

July 10-24: Intro to Marine Science Diving and Coral Reefs: Dr. Rusty Day

College Students (or recent high school graduates)

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

June 22-July 6: BIOL 209 (4 credits) Intro to Marine Science Diving & Coral Reefs: 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 who have completed physical science and biology. Applicants with strong academic and extracurricular records will get priority enrollment. Students from public or private domestic high schools, or international schools are welcome to apply.

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, and recent high school graduates, may enroll in the program BIOL 209 course. Both courses are worth 4 credit hours. Please inquire with instructor for more information about 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: