Program Details


The cost of the biology programs is $5,495 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, DAN diving insurance, and BVI departure tax.

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, 2024. Travel insurance is recommended in the event that MANTA has to cancel the cruise due to severe weather or warnings of severe weather.

Summer 2024 High School Schedule

July 17 – 31: Intro to Marine Science Diving and Coral Reefs: 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 doctor’s 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 sophomores, juniors, or 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.