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 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

Click HERE to learn about our Expeditions Partners who help make our program possible.

Want to support the Mission Blue Expeditions Program? Click HERE to make it happen!

We’re passionate about shark conservation. Click HERE to dive into our shark work!


A Glance Under the Waves – Hope Spot Expeditions


What’s coming up?














We’re thrilled to be a supporting partner of Antarctic Climate Expedition 2023.

“February 2023 will be a moment in time of a gathering of great minds for commitments to resolve what it takes, to move from where we are now to get to a better future. This can be Your Legacy; you can help change the current course from a catastrophic outcome to a healthy, habitable planet. Please do this for the next generation, for the future of humanity.”

– Dr. Sylvia Earle, oceanographer, marine biologist and explorer

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Antarctic Climate Expedition 2023.

Where have we been?


Cashes Ledge, Gulf of Maine, USA

08/07/2015 - 08/13/2015

Cashes Ledge, Gulf of Maine, USA
Isles of Shoals, Kittery Maine…

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

03/22/2015 - 03/30/2015

Cocos Island, Costa Rica
Cocos Island, Costa Rica, Cocos Island Costa Rica…

Costa Rica Dome & Playa Grande, Costa Rica

01/22/2014 - 01/28/2014

Costa Rica Dome & Playa Grande, Costa Rica
Playa Grande, Playa Grande…

South African Coast

12/04/2014 - 12/12/2014

South African Coast
Hermanus, Western Cape…

Swan Islands, Honduras

07/16/2011 - 07/24/2011

Swan Islands, Honduras
Swan Islands, Honduras, Honduras…

Exuma Cays, Bahamas

05/21/2012 - 05/28/2012

Exuma Cays, Bahamas
Exuma Cays, Exuma Cays…


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