Coral Restoration - Cane Bay

Coralpalooza - St. Croix, USVI

A festival of reef restoration that shows the world what’s possible when we work together!

World Oceans Day Lecture Series


Friday, June 7 - 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

East End Marine Park, 5005 Estate Great Pond


In celebration of World Oceans Day the East End Marine Park is hosting an exciting lecture series & discussion on corals, sponsored by Triton’s Realm. All are welcome.


Topics covered will include shark tagging at Buck Island, building resilient reefs on St. Croix and beyond, and invasive seagrass in the USVI.


  1. Ashlee Lillis, the Virgin Islands coral manager for The Nature Conservancy, will be presenting on "Coral restoration in a rapidly changin world: how innovaition in St. Croix can help build resilient reefs in the USVI and beyond".

  2. Antonio Farchette, Graduate Student in Master of Marine and Environmental Sciences at UVI, will discuss the "Ecology And Management of the Globally Invasive Seagrass - Halophila Stipulacea".

  3. Clayton Pollock, Biological Science Technician with the National Park Service, will be discussing species tracking at Buck Island - everything from Sharks to Conch.

Reef Restoration Day


Saturday, June 8 - 9:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Sweet Bottom Dive Center at Cane Bay


To register call the Sweet Bottom Dive Center at Cane Bay at 340-773-3483


Dive, snorkel, & learn more about local coral restoration efforts with The Nature Conservancy and the Sweet Bottom Dive Center in this international event. Learn about coral restoration efforts on St. Croix including coral trees, out planting, and pruning followed by a dive or snorkel tour of one of the two coral nurseries at Cane Bay. 


There is a $40 registration fee per participant for those who will be joining us on the dive, and $25 if you will be snorkeling. The registration fee includes an event t-shirt, an information session on coral restoration, and SCUBA or snorkel equipment if needed. Static displays and informational booths are open and free to the public.


Register in person at the Sweet Bottom Dive Center or call 340-773-3483. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation time.


Morning

  • 9:00 AM: Dive/snorkel registration and conservation outreach booths open.
  • 10:00 AM: Presentation/discussion on coral restoration by The Nature Conservancy.
  • 10:30 AM: Guided dive/snorkel tour of the coral nursery. 

Mid-Day

  • 12:00 PM: Presentation/discussion on coral restoration by The Nature Conservancy.
  • 12:30 PM: Guided dive/snorkel tour of the coral nursery. 

Afternoon

  • 2:00 PM: Presentation/discussion on coral restoration by The Nature Conservancy.
  • 2:30 PM: Guided dive/snorkel tour of the coral nursery.
  • 3:30 PM: Event closing.

Special Thanks To Our Event Sponsors


Our event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email sara@tritonsrealm.com

Frequently Asked Questions


Thank you for your interest in joining us for our 2nd Annual Coralpalooza on St. Croix! We have provided answers to frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions, feel free to email sara@tritonsrealm.com.


What is CORALPALOOZA?

CORALPALOOZA is a festival of reef restoration that shows the world what's possible when we work together. This international event is held in conjunction with other restoration programs around the Caribbean, and aims to bring divers and ocean conservation-minded individuals together to promote coral reef restoration and ocean preservation.


We're excited to announce the following organizations will be participating in CORALPALOOZA on St. Croix

Where did CORALPALOOZA start?

The Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) in Key Largo Florida started Coralpalooza five years ago. Each year the event has grown to include other nations such as Bonaire, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. This year Triton's Realm, working in collaboration with CRF, is excited to bring CORALPALOOZA to St. Croix.

Who can participate in CORALPALOOZA?

Landlubbers, divers and snorkelers alike! We will have activities for everyone. Although those who plan to dive must be SCUBA certified.

Do I have to be SCUBA certified to participate?

You must be SCUBA certified to participate in Coralpalooza in water dive activities which you can join by registering in person or by phone at the Sweet Bottom Dive Center at Cane Bay. The lecture series on Friday, June 7th is open to the public for free. Static displays and information booths on coral restoration and local conservation efforts are also free and will be open to the public on Saturday, June 8th at the Sweet Bottom Dive Center at Cane Bay.

Does it cost money?

The Friday night lecture series is free and open to everyone. However, there is a registration fee if you plan to dive or snorkel on Saturday. The registration fee is $40 per diver and $25 per snorkeler.


The registration fee includes an event t-shirt, an information session on coral restoration, and SCUBA or snorkeling gear if needed. We also highly encourage participants to tip their dive master. Any donations beyond the registration fee will go directly towards supporting The Nature Conservancy's coral restoration efforts on St. Croix.

Does it cost money?

The Friday night lecture series is free and open to everyone. However, there is a registration fee if you plan to dive or snorkel on Saturday. The registration fee is $40 per diver and $25 per snorkeler.

How can I pay the diver/snorkeler registration fee?

The registration fee can be paid at the Sweet Bottom Dive Center at Cane Bay in person or by phone at 340-773-3483.

What if I don’t have my own dive gear?

No worries — rental dive gear is included in the cost of the event.

I am traveling with a group or my family. How can I make sure we are all in the same dive group?

We will do our best to accommodate everyone! However, we cannot guarantee your group will all be diving in the same dive group. The most helpful thing you can do is register in person at the Sweet Bottom Dive Center or by calling 340-773-3483.

How will I know where to go on Saturday?

All diving and snorkeling activities will take place at the Sweet Bottom Dive Center at Cane Bay on St. Croix, USVI. Once individuals begin to register, our team will start matching dive participants with spots available.

Is there an opportunity to volunteer or learn more after CORALPALOOZA?

Absolutely! Volunteer opportunities to help with coral restoration are available with The Nature Conservancy. To learn more about coral restoration you can also take the PADI Coral Restoration Specialty with the Sweet Bottom Dive Center.

CORALPALOOZA is part of the international “March for the Ocean” (M4O) campaign.