Due to Hurricane Irma and its devastating aftermath, we will not be hosting this event. Our prayers and support go out to those affected by the disaster.
Western Dawn Beach Resort & Spa


St. Maarten is a part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It comprises 2 separate countries, divided between its northern French side, called Saint-Martin, and its southern Dutch side, Sint Maarten. The island is home to busy resort beaches and secluded coves. Please contact us for discounts on accommodations.

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Our speakers consist of zoologists, biologists, marine advocates, oceaneers, explorers, and professional divers from around the world. If you have a paper to submit, please e-mail it to and we will get back to you within 24-48 hours. We cannot accommodate all speakers, so please submit your biography and topics as soon as possible.

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The International Coral Summit will consist of several workshops over two days, speeches, luncheons, wrapped up with a gala. The Coral Reef Summit in St. Maarten will be a wonderful, laid-back, and unique event and a chance to connect with coral reef conservation representatives from around the world.

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DAY 1 - Tues Nov 14

Cocktails, cash bar
Hor d’ouevers and engagement
Current status of coral reefs and coastal environments / informational sharing (Guest Speakers)
Introduction to R.E.E.F.S program
Demo the Coral Reef Mapping Tool
State of Conservation Technology

Gender Equality in Conservation
Partnership Goals
Introduce Sea Turtle attraction
Silent Auction & Fundraiser

DAY 2 - Wed Nov 15

Baby Coral Planting (Age 18 free dive)
Mangrove Planting (Age 15)
Reef sweeping event (Age 18 free dive)
Lionfish Derby capture event
Local magistrates presence introduction
Sunset cruise on Random Window vessel (first 12 guests that register)

DAY3 - Thurs Nov 16

Open round table discussions
Caribbean Ring of Hope Sites based on Sylvia Earle research
Create zero document to be shared as volunteer commitment to UN sustainable development goals

DAY 4 - Fri Nov 17

Enjoy the Island
Casual French cuisine lunch on the beach at Friar’s Bay
Evening Cocktails in the Rain Forest at the Lottern Farm nature reserve
Transportation is provided

DAY 5 - Sat Nov 18

Explore and Drive around the Island
Discounts provided by participating dive shops
Snorkeling sites to explore
Explore other islands in proximity