Join us to hunt this invasive predator!

Protect the Belize Barrier Reef

Help keep the population of the invasive lionfish down on our beautiful Barrier Reef

Enjoy the whole package

Experience the whole package, from staying in an over water cabana to experiencing 7 boat dives all with the sole aim of removing lionfish

Contribute to scientific research

Have the opportunity to join Tobacco Caye Marine Station in collecting research data, including measuring and dissecting the lionfish caught

Why participate?


One of our key research projects is studying the invasive lionfish here in Belize. In the past 3 years we have culled over 2000. For our research we weigh, measure, identify gender and dissect every single one of them. By joining our lionfish expedition you will not only be hunting an invader but also contributing to our research. 

Did you know? That they also taste amazing! So there will be plenty of opportunities to try this delicious fish!

What is included?


Working with our neighbour Tobacco Caye Paradise we can offer a 4 night stay in an over the water cabana with all meals, water, juice and a chance to taste lionfish included. 7 boat dives including 1 night dive on the beautiful Belize Barrier Reef. All dive equipment, wetsuits and tanks included. Return boat from the coastal town of Dangriga to Tobacco Caye. Work alongside Tobacco Caye Marine Station to help with our data collection. All lionfish hunting equipment will be provided by the marine station.

What are the dates and how much will it cost?


Based on double occupancy and includes taxes and marine park fee. $999USD* per person.

Dates for 2024:


*Does not include a 4.5% card fee 


For any more information, please either email or direct message us on Facebook or Instagram at TCMSBelize 

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What are the divers responsibilities?


The divers responsibility is their flights to Belize and their transport to Dangriga. Participants can book an internal flight from BZE to Dangriga or book a transfer by road. Participants must be in Dangriga prior to 3pm on their transfer day to Tobacco Caye. The diver is also responsible for dive insurance, our top recommendation is DAN. Please note that all participants should be at least open water certified and are a confident scuba diver.

Any more information?


This is a chance to cull the invasive lionfish whilst helping a education and research NGO collect scientific data and contribute to reef conservation. Participate or watch lionfish dissections after you’ve helped catch the lionfish and get hands on experience collecting data if you wish. Tobacco Caye is a tiny 4 acre island situated right on the Belize Barrier Reef, unwind after a day of diving on your private over the water cabana looking out at the Caribbean Sea. There are 2 bars on the island, snorkeling opportunities straight from the island and the use of kayaks and SUPs are also included. Snacks and drinks are also sold in the Tobacco Caye Paradise office. 



‘It was an absolute pleasure and honor to be part of the 2023 lionfish expedition at TCMS. From start to finish, the four days were amazing. Everything was so well organized and planned and communicated. Tobacco Caye is such a very special place, and to have the opportunity to stay at Tobacco Caye Paradise and participate in two amazing dives per day doing good work for the Belize Barrier Reef was incredible. I cannot more highly recommend taking part in this amazing opportunity. I will certainly be doing it again.’ – Holly, August Lionfish Expedition 2023.

‘The Lionfish Expedition put on by the Tobacco Caye Marine Station in conjunction with the Tobacco Caye Paradise Resort was an enjoyable combination of diving and lionfish hunting. The setting was unique, the accomodations were rustic but comfortable, and the staff of both organizations made us feel welcome. Things ran mostly on schedule, and the T C Marine Station was enthusiastic about their projects and research, sharing knowledge with anyone and everyone. We look forward to coming back to Tobacco Caye for another one!’ – Susan, May Lionfish Expedition 2023