Honduras Expedition 1 – 7th June to 4th July – 4 weeks (2 weeks terrestrial, 2 weeks marine)


This price represents a 20% deposit of the $3,375 expedition fee. Please see the dates and prices page on opwall.com for a list of what is and isn’t included, and the terms and conditions page for payment and cancellation schedules.

Dive Option *


Product Description

This expedition is ideal for those wanting to gain experience at both marine and terrestrial research sites. The first two weeks are spent in Cusuco (HO001 & HO003) followed by two weeks at one of the marine sites completing HO004/05/06. It is ideal if you are already dive qualified or wanting to snorkel only as it will then allow you to join the research teams for option HO007 in your final week.

Additional Information




4 Weeks

Marine Weeks

2 Marine Weeks

Expedition Type

Research Assistant

Terrestrial Weeks

2 Terrestrial Weeks

Terms and Conditions


The following conditions form the basis of your contract:


A deposit of 10% per person must be paid when booking and accepting these terms and conditions. In order to help spread the payments we require a further 10% payment 150 days prior to your expedition start date, and 20% payment due by March 31st in the same year as your expedition. If you are booking within 8 weeks of your intended departure date then we require full payment. Should we be unable to process your booking for any reason then your deposit will be returned to you.We must have the full balance payment at least 8 weeks (56 days) prior to departure.

There is an early-payment discount available if you pay either 50% or more of the total sum owed, or 100% of the total sum owed, prior to the 150 day payment date. The discounts available are as follows:-

  • For 2 week expeditions, $25 discount for greater than 50% payment or $50 discount for 100% payment
  • For 4 week expeditions, $40 discount for greater than 50% payment or $80 discount for 100% payment
  • For 6 week expeditions, $60 discount for greater than 50% payment or $120 discount for 100% payment
  • For 8 week expeditions, $75 discount for greater than 50% payment or $150 discount for 100% payment

All correspondence will be sent to you at either of the addresses you enter at time of booking. In the event of the alteration or cancellation of a confirmed booking by you, conditions in section 3 will apply. Please note that the person completing the booking form undertakes full payment of all the expedition components booked, therefore should have the full consent of the person named on the form. Payment of your deposit confirms you comply with these booking conditions.


While we reserve the right to amend prices upwards or downwards at any time, it is our policy to offer expeditions at a clear and firm price. However, the factors which may force us to surcharge you are government action, changes to the cost of currency or fuel – unless full payment is made six months or more prior to your departure date.


Should you have to cancel your booking we ask that you advise the us promptly in writing or by email. The cancellation will take effect from the day the written confirmation is received. Cancellation will incur a $95 handling charge. Additional cancellation charges, which become effective more than 30 days after the date of booking*, are as follows:

Period Cancellation charge
More than 185 days before departure No further cancellation charges
185 days before expedition start date to 150 days before expedition start date Loss of 10% of total expedition costs
149 days before expedition start date to 70 days before expedition start date 20% of your total expedition costs
69 days before expedition start date to 42 days before expedition start date 40% of your total expedition costs
Less than 42 days before the expedition start date 100% of your total expedition costs

* this applies only to bookings taken before 1 March in the year of the expedition. Bookings taken after the 1 March in the year of expedition are subject to the cancellation charges as shown in the above table.

Note if you are doing a dissertation/thesis topic then you are able to cancel up to 15 April in the year of your expedition with no loss of deposit, if documentary evidence can be produced that your university will not permit you to undertake the dissertation or thesis topic chosen.


In the unlikely event of Operation Wallacea deeming travel to your particular destination unsafe for any reason, more than 3 months before departure, we will provide a suitable alternative. As a result we are unable to refund any monies, beyond the conditions outlined above. We undertake not to cancel any expedition closer than 3 months to the expedition start date unless in exceptional circumstances such as war, riots, civil strife, industrial action so severe that alternative transport and accommodation cannot be provided, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, technical problems with transport and similar unforeseeable circumstances where compensation payments cannot be made.


We undertake not to make any significant changes to your booking. However since this is a field research project, from time to time certain aspects will change between the planning stages and the project delivery. These can include (but are not limited to) details of the accommodation, survey methods and transportation between sites. We will inform you of any significant changes and will provide a suitable alternative to the original project. Such changes will not constitute being offered a refund when a suitable alternative is made available.


If you want to transfer your booking to the following year or to another named person who does not currently hold a booking with Operation Wallacea then you need to obtain prior approval from the Opwall office. In the event that you make your decision to transfer after 1 January in the year of the expedition, then you need to pay an additional 10% to secure the transfer. If the decision is made before the 1 January in the year of the expedition then no further payments beyond the 10% deposit are required. No transfers are allowed after 1 April in the year of the original booked expedition. Only one transfer to a future year or of the named person per application is allowed and once that transfer is made then all monies paid would be forfeited in the event that the completer of the form wanted to cancel.


If you decide to move on to another project or expedition, you can do this free of charge, capacity allowing, until 1 April of the year of your expedition. You will be asked to fill in a new booking form to confirm the change of project. If the project or expedition you want to move to is longer you will be invoiced for the difference in price. If it is shorter, your payment schedule will be adjusted to take the new total amount payable into account. If, following you confirming that you wish to change your booking, you should decide to cancel, cancellation charges will apply in line with your original booking rather than the new booking.


Please note that when you have read the booking conditions above and completed the booking form, and when a confirmation invoice has been issued by or on behalf of us or the relevant supplier, you enter into a binding contract which will be governed and interpreted in accordance with the law of England and Wales. As a member of the Association of the Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), an Association approved by the BIS, Operation Wallacea Ltd has provided a Bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of the Company’s insolvency this Bond provides security for all non-flight inclusive packages provided by Operation Wallacea Ltd. In the above circumstances, the following will apply:

  • A refund of your package pre-payments if you have not yet travelled; or
  • Transport costs back to the start point of the expedition and a refund of the unused portion of the package price if you have already travelled


Operation Wallacea has insurance in place to provide medical and repatriation cover up to £1million for all participants on the expedition. This insurance does not cover other insurable costs such as cancellation and curtailment of your expedition due to your ill-health, flight and travel delays, loss of personal baggage or theft of possessions etc. It is a condition of your booking with Operation Wallacea that you take out travel insurance to cover these items.


  • Costs of flights and transport to and from the start and finish points of each expedition
  • Accommodation and food costs before or after the expedition start and end dates
  • Additional insurance cover beyond the £1 million expedition medical and evacuation insurance cover provided by Opwall
  • Costs of additional elective training (e.g. canopy access course, dive training beyond PADI Open Water)
  • Dive equipment rental
  • PIC cards and PADI training Manuals (or BSAC equivalents)
  • Local taxes
  • Park or Reserve entrance fees
  • Visa costs
  • Vaccination or prophylactic medicine costs

Constituent Parts

HO001 Neo-tropical Forest Ecology and Jungle Training

Series of lectures and practicals designed to ensure your survey skills are accurate, well-informed and that you can work safely within a field environment.

HO02 Expedition medicine experiential course

This course in expedition medicine covers pre-expedition planning, medical emergencies and trauma in the field, tropical infections and snake bite and envenomation procedures. The course is delivered as a series of lectures and practical exercises.

Canopy Access Experience (available throughout the expedition)  Canopy Access Limited, the team that helped David Attenborough ascend into the canopy for Life of Mammals, Life in the Undergrowth and Planet Earth series, will be on site to provide access to the canopy for the science teams two days a week. For the rest of the time, the team will be at Base Camp running a half-day course on safe ascent into the canopy. The course can be done as part of the jungle training and will show you how to ascend 40m+ into the canopy along with a qualified instructor. This optional experience costs US$170 or £110 – just pre-book with Canopy Access Limited via their website: http://canopyaccess.co.uk

HO004 PADI Open Water Dive Training

This course involves a combination of theory lessons, confined water dives and open water dives to gain an official scuba diving qualification.

HO005/006 Caribbean reef ecology and survey techniques – diving / snorkeling

The course consists of lectures and in water practicals and teaches identification of common genera and species of coral and other macro-invertebrates, identification of the major reef-associated fish families and common species. Designed to introduce a variety of methods and practices used for scientific research in the marine environment.

HO008 PADI Open Water Dive Training

If you are already qualified as a PADI Rescue Diver and have at least 60 logged dives you can complete the PADI Divemaster training. Divemaster training has to be done as a full time commitment so you won’t have the chance to join the research projects on this option, although you will be learning to supervise students completing diving for research. An advantage of completing the course with Opwall is the opportunity it gives you of joining the programme as a Divemaster staff member at any of the Opwall sites worldwide in future years.

Optional Additional Dive Training

If you are already dive trained, you can sign up for additional dive training in your spare time. These courses include PADI Advanced Open Water (US$220) and PADI Rescue Diver with EFR (US$400).

Honduras 3

Details of Projects and Expeditions 

HO003 Monitoring Biodiversity Change

Operation Wallacea has established an annual monitoring programme for Cusuco National Park. This involves standardised monitoring of a number of taxa from standard sites and transects across the park to assess changes in the structure of the forest and how these changes are impacting the target taxa. Cusuco National Park is now the most published and best studied park in Honduras, so joining these teams will give you the opportunity to work with a large range of scientists across a series of camps and habitats.

Students assist all research projects including:
• Helping to set up and empty invertebrate pitfall traps to assess dung beetle communities, light traps for moths and jewel scarab beetles
• Performing timed searches for herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians)
• Point counts and mist netting for birds, recording data and taking biometric measurements
• Habitat monitoring by completing forest structure plots
• Setting and emptying small mammal traps
• Patch occupancy and camera trap surveys for large mammals
• Mist netting and sound recording for bats

Additional studies include projects such as:
• Surveying epiphytic lichen diversity across different forest habitats in the park
• Determining territory size and bird behaviour using call back
• Examining invertebrate communities in bromeliads and looking at infection rates of chytrid fungus (a disease that has decimated amphibian populations elsewhere) in these tiny mountain top amphibian communities to determine the best strategy for their conservation

HO007 Marine Research Assistant Pool

Our team of scientists conduct a wide range of research projects at our sites on Utila and Tela, ranging from those involving in-water surveys to laboratory based studies. These projects require help with data collection and analysis, students in the research assistant pool will have the opportunity to experience multiple research projects.

Projects include:
• Stereo-video: Ecosystem monitoring using stereo-video fish surveys and benthic video transects
• Sea urchin population dynamics
• Invasive lionfish ecology
• In-situ behavioural studies of cleaning symbioses
• Laboratory behaviour studies of urchins and invasive lionfish
• Mangrove system ecology

At a weekly research assistant meeting, the science team present their research and what assistance they require that week, and research assistants sign up to one or more projects accordingly.