July 21 to July 29 Komodo to Bali
July 31 to August 8th Bali to Komodo
"I completed a similar trip with Oceanic Society last year. I highly recommend it! It is an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty and underwater world as well as see first hand the impacts of plastic pollution on land and in the marine environment. I left feeling uplifted by the growing awareness of the problem, and by my newfound understanding of how local groups are working hard on waste management and reduction in the area."
-Abby Barrows, Research Scientist and 5 Gyres Advisory Board member
Our 18th Expedition will travel through Indonesia’s Coral Triangle from Bali to Komodo to sample microplastics and explore solutions to the problem of plastic pollution. Groups will be lead by 5 Gyres Co-Founder and Research Director Marcus Eriksen and 5 Gyres Science Programs Director Carolynn Box, and will include representatives from regional NGOs who are working on community-based, zero-waste solutions that prevent the flow of plastics to local waters.
Through our Asia Pacific Action Against Plastic Pollution program, 5 Gyres is collaborating with NGOs in Southeast Asia to highlight and scale zero-waste efforts in the region. To better understand the long-term impacts of these initiatives, representatives from participating NGO groups will join the Expedition to train on citizen science protocols. Through our TrawlShare program, they will also be loaned monitoring equipment in order to continue monitoring plastic pollution in the region.
Data collected by all Expedition guests will be incorporated into the organization’s global dataset of microplastics, used in the update of 5 Gyres’ Global Estimate of Marine Plastic Pollution study. In keeping with our “science to solutions” model, a better understanding of the global scope and trends related to ocean plastic pollution will help us monitor the efficacy of upstream solutions over time.
This Expedition is produced in partnership with the Oceanic Society, whose mission is to conserve marine wildlife and habitats by deepening the connections between people and nature. Participants will stay aboard Sea Safari VII, a handcrafted 123-foot-long Buginese-style schooner featuring 14 air-conditioned cabins with their own complete en suite facilities. The air-conditioned lounge and dining area have panoramic windows to observe the stunning surrounding landscape.
Along the route, the voyage will overnight at a variety of small islands including Lombok, Satonda, Moya and Sangeang. In addition to collecting valuable near-shore data, guests will explore lush tropical forests, visit world-renowned cultural sites, and snorkel through the cobalt blue waters and stunning coral reefs that provide unique marine microhabitats to invertebrates and reef fish. Thanks to the Oceanic Society for photos of the Sea Safari VII and these islands. Check the map for our itinerary!
Komodo National Park is a collection of rugged volcanic islands located in Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands. The area has been protected since 1980 and is globally recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While Komodo is known primarily for the endemic Komodo dragon, it also features excellent marine diversity, and uniquely dry vegetation that gives the islands a golden hue. The park's rich marine life includes manta rays, eagle rays and pygmy seahorses, among others.
3.6 UPDATE: The Expedition is sold out. Details about our crew will be announced on this page soon. Thanks!
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belize EXPEDITION (2017)
5 Gyres joined the Hello Ocean Expedition to research environmental threats to the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world. The crew included scientists, artists and filmmakers, who assisted in marine mammal and plastic pollution research. For the first time, 5 Gyres was able to collect microplastic samples alongside scientists researching toxins, genetics, and animal behavior in dolphins and manatees. We are excited to better connect the issue of plastic pollution to marine mammal health! Data will contribute to our Global Estimate of Plastic Pollution, which was the first to assess the quantities of surface plastic pollution in the ocean, finding 5.25 trillion particles weighing in at 270,000 tons of “plastic smog” worldwide.
ARCTIC EXPEDITION (2016)
Our 17th Expedition gathered a group of 22 citizen scientists for two weeks on the Arctic exploration vessel Akademik Sergey Vavilov. The expedition primarily focused on micro- and nanoplastic research. It was managed by ExploringCircle, which donates a percentage of proceeds to non-profit organizations like 5 Gyres, and was the first to share real-time data and photo updates with our community.
SEA CHANGE EXPEDITION (2015)
The 2015 SEA Change Expedition traveled over 3000 nautical throughout the North Atlantic Gyre with a crew of 64 citizen scientists. Along with the Schooner Mystic crew of 14 sailors, the voyage also transported representatives from other nonprofit organizations and research facilities, as well as notable watermen and women, such as musician and activist Jack Johnson and ocean conservation activist Celine Cousteau.
VIKING GYRE EXPEDITION (2014)
5 Gyres' Expedition from Bermuda to Iceland was designed with the intention to better understand the distribution of plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre. The 14-person crew collected 41 samples to determine microplastic concentrations in the region and carried out 40 visual observations to track the macroplastic pollution in the area. Data contributed to 5 Gyres' first Global Estimate of Plastic Pollution.
Previous 5 Gyres Expeditions
2013 Bermuda to Rhode Island
2013 Lake Michigan
2012 Japan to Hawaii
2012 Marshall Islands to Hawaii
2012 Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie
2011 Hawaii to Vancouver
2011 Easter Island to Tahiti
2011 Chile to Easter Island
2011 Namibia to Uruguay
2010 Brazil to South Africa
2010 Ascension Island
2010 Bermuda to Azores
2010 Bahamas to Bermuda