About the Mission

The Indian Ocean Mission is a major global scientific collaboration that aims to create a step-change in our knowledge of the Indian Ocean and catalyse its sustainable governance.

Mission II consists of six research cruises in six distinct bioregions of the Indian Ocean from West (Mozambique Channel and Seychelles), to Central (Mauritius and Maldives) and East (Andaman and Sumatra). The Mission combines four major activities – scientific research, capacity development, advancement of policy, and public engagement - to deliver the greatest coordinated impact. The Mission will conclude with a State of the Indian Ocean Summit in November 2021.

The Mission has been endorsed by International Indian Ocean Expedition 2 (IIOE-2), part of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC).

Launch Partner: Kensington Tours

"The exploration of the Indian Ocean is the single greatest and most critical journey of discovery we can and must undertake. The Mission captures the spirit and purpose of Magellan, Darwin, Shackleton, Gagarin and the other great explorers who journeyed into the unknown and transformed our knowledge and understanding of our fragile planet”, explains Jeff Willner, Founder / CEO of Kensington Tours, a member of The Explorers Club and Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. Kensington Tours creates custom-tailored privately guided travel experiences in the world’s greatest places – land or sea. Designed by skilled Destination Experts and fit to suit our travelers’ needs and interests, a Kensington tour is always a perfect fit. Kensington is proud to serve as a launch partner for Nekton’s upcoming missions into the Indian Ocean and to support Nekton’s endeavors to promote science, education, and understanding of the world’s hidden depths. ‪www.kensingtontours.com‪. Read more about the partnership.


We have chosen a holistic approach to accelerating sustainable ocean governance - combining scientific research, ocean policy, capacity development and public engagement initiatives to maximise and coordinate impact.

  • Scientific Research: Into the Bathyal Zone (200-3000m), the home of greatest biodiversity - to undertake collaborative, multi-disciplinary research on state of the Indian Ocean to help create a step change in our knowledge and understanding of marine life and human impacts.
  • Catalyse Policy: To generate and apply targeted, actionable open-access data to catalyse policy and accelerate the sustainable development and governance of the Indian Ocean.  
  • Capacity Development: To develop greater expertise in marine science, conservation and ocean management across the Indian Ocean.
  • Public Engagement & Education: To promote the exploration of the deep ocean to inspire people with greater ocean awareness giving decision makers a greater public mandate to act. 

Join the Mission

We are looking for new lndian Ocean and international scientific, philanthropic, corporate, media, technology and policy organisations to collaborate on the Mission. Learn more about the Nekton Alliance and please do contact us.