The Reef That Follows Its Own Rules!

The mission of Amigos de los Corales de Tela, a 501(c)(3) organization, is to collaborate with the local community to conserve the unique natural ecosystems of Tela through research, education, funding, and storytelling.

URGENT: TELA NEEDS A GENE BANK BEFORE THE HEATWAVE THIS FALL We have launched a fundraising campaign to build a gene bank to protect the most foundational and endangered coral species in the Caribbean, elkhorns. Please read our blog post, and please consider contributing.

Nestled in the vibrant waters of the Caribbean lies a hidden gem of biodiversity and ecological importance—the coral reef of Tela, Honduras.

In an era where the majority of coral reefs are experiencing degradation and decline, the coral reefs of the Bay of Tela present a compelling example of resilience, diversity, and ecological importance.

With their extraordinary coral cover, healthy sea urchin populations, magnificent coral thickets, and a biodiverse coral seed bank, these reefs demonstrate nature’s ability to thrive amid challenges. That’s why we call it the Rebel Reef.

Help the Rebel Reef remain rambunctious!