FLORIDA KEYS — For travelers seeking “voluntourism” opportunities to help sustain the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, the “Florida Keys Superfan” eco-adventure giveaway offers an enticing prize.
One lucky entrant is to win a five-night vacation that includes accommodations, eco-attractions and diving experiences to plant corals.
The winner is to discover how divers can act as stewards of the world’s oceans, and connect and protect the dynamic ecosystem and reefs of the Florida Keys.
The “Florida Keys Superfan” eco-adventure winner is to work with marine scientists from Key Largo’s Coral Restoration Foundation as well as Mote Marine’s field station on Summerland Key.
Working dives to coral nurseries include cleaning and preparing corals for planting. An orientation dive at a restoration site shows firsthand the evolution of corals over time.
The contest entry period begins at 9 a.m. (ET) Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, and continues through 11:59 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. Simply follow the Florida Keys’ Facebook page @floridakeysandkeywest and click the page's “Florida Keys Superfan” contest link to enter to win the five-night trip for two to the Keys and enjoy the island chain’s above- and below-water activities.
Entrants can answer fun yet educational Keys trivia questions and share the contest link with friends on social media.
The prize includes certificates toward air travel and car rental, five nights' waterfront accommodations at Key Largo's sustainable Baker’s Cay Resort, coral reef diving trips, admission and an educational tour at Marathon’s Turtle Hospital, admission and an in-water Coral Reef Snorkel Encounter at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters and VIP passes to dozens of Key West attractions. The prize value is just under $5,000.
Travel dates are June 1 through Dec. 31, 2020, and blackout dates do apply.
One entry per person per email address is valid. Entrants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of entry and must reside in the continental United States. Entries cannot be accepted after 11:59 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.
Complete rules are to be available on the contest page, starting Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.
Florida Keys sustainability information: fla-keys.com/sustain
Learn and dive with scientists at Coral Restoration Foundation and Mote Marine to outplant corals on Florida Keys reefs.
Trip giveaway is to include five nights at the luxurious and sustainable Baker's Cay Resort in Key Largo.
An in-water Coral Reef Snorkel Encounter at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters explores the living, dynamic ecosystem and reef of the Florida Keys.