Hope Spot Expeditions 

Since 2008, Mission Blue expeditions have visited Hope Spots around the world, documenting these vibrant marine environments and engaging local stakeholders to protect them. Led by Dr. Sylvia Earle and Expeditions Director Kip Evans, these voyages explore our most critical ocean habitats and are designed to create awareness, foster partnerships and build broad public support for the creation of marine protected areas across the globe.

Expedition Program Goals

  • Explore and document Hope Spots from the Arctic to the Antarctic
  • Inspire action to protect these critical ocean habitats
  • Magnify impact through meaningful partnerships

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Where have we been?


Swan Islands, Honduras

07/16/2011 – 07/24/2011 @ – Known as the “Galapagos of the Caribbean,” the reefs surrounding the Swan Islands of Honduras are a biodiversity hotspot teeming with over 500 species of fish and 350 species of mollusk. The Swan Islands are situated at the southern boundary of the Mesoamerican Reef—the Atlantic Ocean’s largest coral reef and a Mission Blue Hope Spot. […]

Exuma Cays, Bahamas

05/21/2012 – 05/28/2012 @ – Consisting of over 3,000 islands, islets and cays and covering an area of over 14,000 square kilometers, the nation of the Bahamas contains several priceless marine habitats. This expedition in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy was concentrated in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, which was created in 1958 by the Bahamas National Trust […]


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