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Selamat petang!

By Elise Schultheis I can’t believe it’s already my last day on the island! Four weeks on Tioman have gone by so fast! There’s no way I’ll be able to sum up all of the unforgettable adventures I’ve had in...

/ Jun 29, 2009

Expedition diary of Olivia Poller, age 13

By Olivia Poller My name’s Olivia Poller, I’m 13 years of age and from Australia. Recently Mum and Dad decided to go on an adventurous holiday to Madagascar, dragging my brother and myself along with them.

/ Jun 23, 2009

From the Antipodes to Andavadoaka

By Liz Poller We are almost into the last week of our expedition and I am starting to feel sad that we have to leave this paradise. For me the trip to Andavadoaka has been the best experience I have...

/ Jun 23, 2009

Malaysia research blog April-May 2009

Phew, expedition number one in the can, done, completed. It’s been a tough few weeks and jam packed with activities, research and outreach programs but it has flown by. It seems just yesterday that 8 sweating, pale but smiling volunteers...

/ Jun 23, 2009

Zen and the art of buoyancy control

By Liz Griffiths We are now half way through our six week expedition. Last week, the few dive ‘beginners' amongst us sat (and passed) our PADI Open Water exam.

/ Jun 9, 2009

When you’re bringing your work to the dinner table…

Island life changes you. Slowly and gradually Swiss cottages and the expedition becomes your normal life.

/ May 20, 2009

Rare launches first conservation campaign in Madagascar with Blue Ventures

Andavadoaka, Madagascar. Blue Ventures' conservation scientist Gildas Andriamalala recently returned to Madagascar to establish the country's first Rare Pride Campaign, after receiving nine weeks of intensive training in the use of social marketing and communication in conservation,

/ May 15, 2009

Kicking off the Qio club

By Katie. Today we headed over to Uluibau Primary school on Moturiki to start up a conservation club for the kiddos...

/ May 8, 2009

Sharks Without the Bite

By Margo Simon I saw my first shark today, albeit in pieces. I had hoped that while diving in the wild waters of Madagascar, I would come across a multitude of fascinating sea creatures, especially sharks, although hopefully from a...

/ Nov 18, 2008

Overnight Pirogue Trip

From BV volunteer Roger Vaughan, a retired teacher from California. Over the past few days I have had the opportunity to travel afield with BV staff members Lalao and Thomas, and volunteers Ben (U. Sheffield grad student), Ali (U. Montreal recent...

/ Jul 18, 2008

Time flies…

I’m coming to the end of my first week here in Andavadoaka, and I’m already regretting the fact that I’ve signed up for just six weeks instead of three months. There’s so much to see and do here – not...

/ Jul 8, 2008

Night Diving

From Justin, Expedition Manager Dive number: 39 Location: Valleys Time: 0500 First night dive! Yay! Depth: 16 metres Time: 48 minutes Temperature: 21 degrees – cold! I was very excited to be doing my first ever night dive. All the...

/ Jul 8, 2008

Two plays, one message

From Becks Hill, our medic Since last writing, another expedition has been and gone, and with the help of our volunteers, STI awareness has stepped up apace: the campaign to create awareness has come a long way. After the first...

/ Jul 2, 2008

“The sea of life”

from Emma Ashley After much preparation and practice (ahem!) by volunteers and staff, Blue Ventures performed a play entitled ‘Mampiasa Kapoty’ to the village of Andavadoaka on Saturday 7th June. The theme of the play was to highlight the importance...

/ Jun 13, 2008

Fish Rap

by Jen Sanders Now this is a story all about how you will learn fish in Nosy Cao, I’d like to take a minute so sit for a bit, so I can tell you ’bout the Groupers and the Sweetlips....

/ Jun 10, 2008