Jess Cramp

scientist, surfer, diver, pilot and conservationist


Jess Cramp is a scientist, surfer, diver, pilot, writer, and conservationist whose philanthropic adventures have taken her from a field hospital in post-earthquake Haiti to a remote atoll in the South
Pacific, where she lived for 3 years, spearheading the effort for the Cook Islands Shark Sanctuary, which was established in December 2012. Currently without a permanent address, Jess is in a different country every month, and in the water as much as possible. She splits her time between assisting the Cook Islands government in establishing a large-scale marine park, and helping her own burgeoning organization, Sharks Pacific, to become a key player in shark research and conservation. A contributor to Women’s Adventure Magazine, Escape Magazine, and National Geographic’s Adventure blog, Jess is a consummate optimist, whose positive energy is contagious, along with her willingness to spend however long it takes to see the projects she’s working on through to produce tangible results. “For me,” Jess says, “traveling is all about gaining hands-on experience to better understand community level impacts and encouraging locals to get involved.” She is driven to take risks in life, not just in sports.


  • A warm welcome, indeed! After three days of flying I finally arrived in the Marshall Islands, a Micronesian island nation in free association with the USA.  Excited to talk about #sharks and marine conservation on this sea-level atoll. #islandlife #sharksanctuary #marshallislands #conservation #gypsylife
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 28, 2015
  • My authentic island life. View from my beach walk with @rmtreeves . Wish you were here. #moderndaypostcards #cookislands #rarotonga #islands #motu #happyplace
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 23, 2015
  • I think we gave each other a mutual fright. But I'd bet I was a lot happier to see him. Reef walking and feeling crabby! #rainbowswimmingcrab #crab #charybdiserythrodactyla #cookislands #LetsExplore #islandlife
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 22, 2015
  • Some days are better than others. Nuzzling with the neighbors and loving every single second! #babygoats #islandlife #love #cookislands
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 19, 2015
  • There's something about boats that makes me feel at home. Love the colors of #Polynesia. Avatiu Harbor, #CookIslands.
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 18, 2015
  • My authentic island life: went exploring the reef again today, but @salty_goodness spotted this on our way out. Suffice to say, this is not the kind of critter we were looking for. #whatsfordinner  #doghead #realitycheck
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 18, 2015
  • Reef walkers at sunset. Back home and in my element and still very, very retarded. Thanks @salty_goodness ! #cookislands #dorks #octopus
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 17, 2015
  • Traded sand for skyscrapers, but not for long. The travel bender continues with a refreshingly crisp walk along #Auckland 's harbor. I contemplated how this much #travel can be both confining and liberating at the same time. Hard to describe. #gypsylife #newzealand #brrrrrr
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 16, 2015
  • I got quite close to Dasa, a Tongan princess.  And would you believe it, she loves #sharks too . Bye bye little island! #Tonga #sharkspacific #islandlife #conservation #princess
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 16, 2015
  • Alas, I found a beach! Low tide exposes a large portion of the reef  here in Ha'atafu, #Tonga. While I can't get my face in the water to explore the reef until high tide, I will take a walk and see what little critters are hiding in the tide pools. Not a bad place to work. #conservation #islandlife #LetsExplore
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 14, 2015