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Shannon Malone

Growing up along the coastal environment of San Diego, Shannon started her first volunteer job at a local nature center at the age of six. Since then, she has built her personal life and professional career around connecting with nature. She received her degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she participated in kelp forest ecology research, outdoor education programs (in Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands), as well as a thesis in Fisheries Management.

She continued her journey to Maui, Hawaii, where she led sailing and snorkeling tours. Inspired by the wonders of the Humpback whales in Hawaii, she migrated with the whales to Juneau, Alaska as a whale watching and hiking naturalist. In 2019, she completed a lifelong dream to travel South and Central America, where she volunteered at eco-lodges and natural farms with local families to find a deeper connection to the cultures, people, ecosystems, and the Spanish language.

Shannon has found great joy in traveling and providing experiences that inspire and educate guests, leaving them with an unforgettable sense of connection to the unique places visited. She currently resides in Maui, where she continues to facilitate sailing excursions and work with local Humpback whale research groups.