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 life in ocean conservation has definite perks. Exploring To Sua Trench in Samoa is just one of them. Nature continues to blow my mind! #nofilter #gopro #samoa #saltwatercave
    Jess Cramp >>> Sep 16, 2014
  • Yesterday's deep dives with old friends made a very happy girl. #seaturtle #freedive #avaavaroa #gopro #borrowedphonebcminegrewlegs #cookislands
    Jess Cramp >>> Sep 07, 2014
  • Thanks for the inspiration @alohabro #ishouldntbeoninstagram #giterdone
    Jess Cramp >>> Aug 26, 2014
  • Hands down my favorite place on this island. The reef pass that makes me heart sing...need the swell to drop a wee bit!! #happyplace #avaavaroa #lowtidebandit #cookislands #home
    Jess Cramp >>> Aug 23, 2014
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    Jess Cramp >>> Aug 21, 2014
  • Repost from @3stringsproductions during a dive on our recent research expedition to Fiji to study shark ecology and movement patterns. As @andy_mann said, not to worry, this photo was taken from a relatively safe distance of about 3 meters. We love this job!!! #cagefree #sharks #sharkresearch #fijisharkexpedition #fiji #diving
    Jess Cramp >>> Aug 19, 2014
  • Rainy day fun. Doesn't everyone ride scooters in their wetsuits? #brrrrrr #cookislands #dorks
    Jess Cramp >>> Aug 17, 2014
  • Some things in life are worth waiting for :) #cookislands #nofilter #luckyinlife
    Jess Cramp >>> Aug 15, 2014
  • Farewell funny friend #heartbroken
    Jess Cramp >>> Aug 12, 2014
  • Oh perspective how I missed thee. #viewfromthefloor
    Jess Cramp >>> Aug 09, 2014