Unique Conservation Adventures
Unique Conservation Adventure with the Sea of Change Foundation
We are pleased to announce our newest unique adventure with the Sea of Change Foundation, the official conservation partner of Aggressor Adventures®.
The Exumas archipelago comprises more than 350 small islands and cays stretching over 120 miles from just south of new Providence to the anchor islands of Great and Little Exuma to the south. The Exuma Cays are a part of the more remote Out Islands of the Bahamas. The Cays are the most exotic of these islands, a collection of sandy jewels set in the aquamarine and sapphire of some of the most beautiful waters in the world along with an intriguing combination of walls and rich shallow reefs. The Exuma Cays give guests another top destination to add to their dive logs.
Join Samantha in exploring this thriving marine ecosystem while enjoying “the ultimate in live-aboards®”. The itinerary will provide divers access to secluded cays with calm, crystal clear turquoise waters while providing legendary Aggressor service. The beautiful 100-foot Bahamas Aggressor yacht pampers 14 guests with the excellent service, mouth-watering cuisine, and signature amenities our guests have come to expect over the past 35 years.
In the evenings, Samantha will offer short, fun, and informative presentations about the fascinating world of ocean conservation, focusing on the healthy coral reefs and abundant sharks of the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, one of the first marine protected areas of its kind established in 1959. Guests will also get helpful tips for easy species identifications, both above and below the water. And guests may opt to experience, hands-on, how the Sea of Change Foundation works with marine scientists of Ocean First Institute in using lasers to measure sharks underwater!
Meet Samantha Whitcraft
Samantha is Executive Director of the Sea of Change Foundation and Director of Conservation & Outreach at Aggressor Adventures®. Samantha’s work includes developing GREEN THE FLEET® sustainability guidance for Aggressor Adventures and educational curriculum for the M/V Oceans for Youth, a classroom-at-sea vessel operating in the Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. At the Sea of Change Foundation, she guides the development and funding of innovative conservation and research such as the Reef Rescue and Rapid Response program.
Over the past 20+ years, as a conservation biologist, Samantha has worked from the field, lab, and office to protect the oceans’ ecosystems. Researching biodiversity, sustainable fisheries, and the illegal wildlife trade has taken her to the Amazon with National Geographic, to the Mesoamerican reef with NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, and to some of the most remote islands of the Pacific to develop citizen science and sustainable ecotourism while promoting ocean literacy. Samantha has served on the Sanctuary Advisory Council of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and on the Board of the New England Aquarium’s Beach Teach Program.
Samantha graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s in Natural Science and a concentration in marine conservation biology. She earned her Master’s of Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami. She has taught formally at Miami Dade College and the University of Hawaii on the subjects of environmental ethics, traditional ecological knowledge, and coral reef ecosystems. After the Gulf oil spill, she was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA Fisheries with a national award for exceptional service in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Whitcraft was also one of twenty women selected for the Women’s Environmental Leaders Forum – Miami with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, principal environmental advisor to the President. In 2020, she was recognized by the professional diving community with the DEMA Wave Maker Award recognizing her significant contribution to the industry. She has produced award-winning short environmental films, researched and reported on the impacts of the illegal wildlife trade, and is an avid photographer and published nature writer. She is a Platinum Pro 5000 Diver, recognized by the scuba diving industry as an “elite water explorer”. She lives in Florida on a sustainable tree farm with her two wonderful pit bulls, Nugget and Daisy.