Save the Ocean.

Save the Planet.

We’re taking one of the most advanced research vessels around the globe. Why? To educate the world about the Ocean and develop practical ways to help save it.

The Ocean Conservation Exploration and Education Foundation (OCEEF) leverages technology to change hearts, transform minds, and advance awareness about ocean conservation and research.

OCEEF believes that our ocean, rich with wonders yet to be discovered, is critical to our future.


OCEEF’s vision is to help shape a world where people appreciate the importance of the Ocean and take action to protect it and ensure its sustainability.


OCEEF’s mission is to advance ocean conservation by educating a new generation of ocean stewards through experiential learning.


Odyssey combines state of the art oceanographic exploration, scientific, and filmmaking operations with five-star accommodation and comfort.

It supports state-of-the-art three-person submersibles that descend to thousands of feet, along with remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and has a certified helideck (EC135 and A109) with refueling capabilities.

Odyssey is also equipped with world-class oceanographic equipment including a sonar multibeam system, wet labs, dry labs, onboard medical facility, hyperbaric chamber, a sophisticated mission control center, as well as a state-of-the-art broadcast studio.


From the time it was launched as Nadir on behalf of the French government’s IFREMER to the extraordinary missions with OceanX, the RV Odyssey has been a the forefront of conservation and exploration.

  • Launched French submersible Nautile on hundreds of sub dives, including the first dives on Titanic in 1987.
  • Participated in the successful search for the black box of Air France flight 447 in 2011 with WHOI
  • Discovery and first filming of the giant squid in the wild with OceanX, NHK Japan, and Discovery Channel in 2012
  • Home of David Attenborough’s Emmy Award winning “Great Barrier Reef” in 2015 with OceanX
  • Location of major sequences for BBC’s Blue Planet II, including a record deep dive in the Antarctic, with OceanX


The Odyssey is equipped with two submersibles onboard built by Triton, the world leader in manned submersible manufacturing.

Subs on board travel depths of 3300 and 7500 feet respectively.


OCEEF believes that the key to accelerating the engagement of children and young adults with the Ocean, while forging new and improved behaviors towards the environment lies in adopting a novel approach to education, where content goes viral, learning is more gamified, and experiences more immersive.

We aim to reach out to millions of children and young adults from on board, within our science labs, and the submersibles of our research vessel, The Odyssey, as it circumnavigates our planet’s ocean.

Odyssey will take part in world-class missions at remote locations, engaging in leading science expeditions in which participation will take place both locally and remotely.


more carbon dioxide is absorbed by the ocean than our atmosphere.


of the ocean is unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored.


of Earth’s land surface is covered by the ocean.


of the world’s oxygen is produced by the ocean.

Facts About The Ocean

The breathing tissue of our planet influences weather patterns, regulates temperature, and sustains all life on the planet.