Volunteer to protect coral reefs and carry out community education on Atauro Island, Indonesia.

Blue Ventures

Marine Research and Community Conservation – Timor Expedition

Blue Ventures

Where: Beloi Village, Atauro Island, Timor

Focus: Coral reef surveying and community conservation

When: All year round

Duration: 3-12 weeks | Min. 6 week stay recommended to get the most out of the experience.

Suitability: Divers must be 17+. Volunteers under 17 can participate in non-diving activities (so long as they’re accompanied by an adult). Families are welcome.

Requirements: Volunteers must be PADI Open Water certified (or equivalent) on arrival.

Cost: Varies depending on dive qualification and length of stay. See website for cost estimate.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Volunteer on a remote research and expedition camp and assist our international team of marine biologists and field scientists to perform coral reef surveying in previously un-surveyed waters..
  • Learn to identify soft and hard corals, and fish species that indicate reef health.
  • Become a PADI Advanced Open Water diver, or take your PADI Rescue course.
  • Perform 1 to 2 research survey dives per day.
  • Survey seagrass beds, which are a vital nursery feeding grounds for juvenile reef fish.
  • Conduct cetacean surveys (depending on the  time of year).
  • Participate in conservation and environmental awareness projects and activities such as beach clean ups and language exchange sessions.
  • Spend 2-3 weeks with a Timorese family  and immerse yourself in local culture.

Scuba Diving

Dive Training: Volunteers must be Open Water certified (or equivalent) on arrival. To survey, volunteers will be trained up to PADI Advanced Open Water level.

PADI Certifications: Further dive courses are available including EFR and Rescue.

The Base

Accommodation: Split between Barry’s Place and homestays in the village of Beloi:

  • Homestay: 2 to 3 weeks will be spent living local Timorese families in Beloi.
  • Barry’s Place: Spacious, dormitory-style cabins with eco-toilets and traditional mandi style shower blocks. Each cabin sleeps up to five people.

Private/ double cabins: Available on request for an additional fee. Cabins come with solar-powered lighting, hammocks, fans, mosquito nets and there is electricity for charging devices.

Food: Three meals a day prepared by local chefs.

Base size: Small groups. Max. 3 volunteers per staff member.


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