Who are we?

Monaco Explorations: reconnecting humanity and the sea

Under the aegis of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Principality is renewing a great tradition:
maritime explorations to learn, understand, raise awareness and act.
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What do we do?

Monaco Explorations: reconciling humanity and the sea

Under the aegis of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Principality is renewing a great tradition:
maritime explorations to learn, understand, raise awareness and act.
Learn more
Our missions

Monaco Explorations: reconciling humanity and the sea

Under the aegis of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Principality is renewing a great tradition:
maritime explorations to learn, understand, raise awareness and act.
Learn more
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What do we do?

The objective of the Monaco Exploration Society is to conduct international collaborative missions linking scientific research, outreach towards the public and governmental cooperation. The main themes that guide its action concern the protection of the megafauna, the protection of corals, new exploration technologies, and the development of marine protected areas.

Madeira Mission 2017

Cabo Verde Mission 2017

Sargasso MIssion 2017

Martinique Mission 2017-2018

Malpelo Mission 2018

Norway Mission 2018

Hawai'i MIssion 2018

New Caledonia Mission 1019

Gombessa 5 Mission 2019

Palau Mission 2019

ENCOR Mission 2019

Sphyrna Odyssey Mission 2019

Badu Mission 2018

Providenza Mission

Ile Providencia

Santa Marta

The last missions that we have supported

Throughout the world

From Macaronesia to Colombia, with a passage in the Pacific, Monaco Explorations have already reached
many regions. The new study areas concern in particular the Mediterranean, Melanesia and the Indian Ocean.

Upcoming projects

Mission

A large campaign in the Indian Ocean

Documentary

A new documentary on H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince’s meeting with the artist Alick Tipoti and the people of Badu Island in the Torres Strait.

Book

A book on all the explorations in which H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince took part since the beginning of his reign.

News

Scientists from three joint research units (MARBEC, ENTROPIE and LIRMM) have just published a study using social networks and artificial intelligence to identify charismatic species of the marine megafauna of New Caledonia: dugongs, turtles and sharks. This work, entitled “Leveraging social media and deep learning to detect rare megafauna in video surveys”, is published in the international journal Conservation Biology.
20 days expedition to try and unravel the mystery of the corallogenic rings off Cap Corse! The Gombessa 6 expedition flotilla, composed of the support and assistance vessel Pionnier, the catamaran Victoria IV and the barge from the French National Institute of Professional Diving (INPP), arrived in the port of Monaco late on Monday 19 July. The four aquanauts: Laurent Ballesta, Antonin Guilbert, Thibaut Rauby and Roberto Rinaldi exited the “bathyal station” the next day, Tuesday 20 July at 6 pm, after completing their decompression cycle.
After Gombessa 5: Mediterranean Planet in July 2019, the “Gombessa 6: Cap Corse ” expedition, led by Laurent Ballesta and the Andromeda Oceanology team, is once again dedicated to the Big Blue. This new adventure to discover the deep sea, which began in May, is supported by the Principality of Monaco, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Monaco Explorations.

The governance of Monaco Explorations