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.


  • Ever wonder what it's like to be a shark researcher? Head to to read my latest blog and watch our trailer for the upcoming Film: Fiji Sharks by @3stringsproductions @andy_mann #fijisharkexpedition #sharks #sharkresearch #conservation #sharkspacific @natgeo
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 30, 2014
  • Case of the Mondays? Really living up to his name here #humbugdamsel #grumpyfish #gopro
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 29, 2014
  • Ha. #gopro selfies capture the darnedest things! #cloudfarts #freediving #cookislands #lotsawatertimemakemehapppppyyyyy
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 27, 2014
  • Sneaky double shaka during a sneaky lil mid-day low tide #surf sesh at Avana this afternoon with @dbreeziiiii #lifeisgood #nocrowds #surfing #happyplace #cookislands
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 24, 2014
  • Clear water, clear head. Great day. #lovemylife #freediving #nofilter #cookislands #papua #gopro
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 21, 2014
  • Meet Kevin Iro. Cook Islander, rugby league star, inspirational environmentalist, colleague and friend. When Kevin returned to his home island of Rarotonga, he realized the oceans were in a much worse state than when he left. So he began a crusade almost 4 years ago to create a marine park in the 2 million sq km EEZ of the Cooks, similar to the Great Barrier Reef. About a year ago I became part of his team. In addition to shark work, I spend half of my time working with Kevin and others to get this park zoned and legislated in a manner that works for both the environment and people of the Cooks. It's unbelievably complex and extremely frustrating at times. But today, as Kevin presented at our booth to Cook Islands school kids during the annual Lagoon Day environmental festival, I was reminded of why we do this. It was awesome to see him teach the kids that not only do they need to look after their environment, but that when you work hard for what you believe in, people listen. #hero #inspired #cookislands #proudofthisteam #rantover #conservation #maraemoana
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 18, 2014
  • Stock check: moments like this reveal how much I have to be thankful for. #happyplace
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 17, 2014
  • I swear there was a time in my life when I didn't think a winter in the tropics was cold? #salmonrun #sunvalley #drinksomeconcrete #tbt
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 10, 2014
  • Spontaneous sunset goof-off at Avana this eve. Still haven't sorted instas video crop so until then u will sadly have to suffer thru my well-below average edit, but remember to say cheeeeeeese! @rmtreeves @dbreeziiiii @miss_g89  #rarotonga #cookislands #wheresdawhales #gopro #thanksagainspfxx
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 06, 2014
  • One of the few offices where we had to beware of falling coconuts. Palmerston Island.  #dresstoimpress #cookislands
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 02, 2014