Fiji Marine Conservation and Diving
Where: Beqa Island, Fiji
Focus: Scuba dive and/or snorkel to survey coral reefs.
When: All year round
Duration: 1-20 weeks. Recommended minimum length of stay is 4 weeks in order to get fully involved in the different surveys.
Suitability: Over 18s. Group bookings available.
NGO Internship: Available for volunteers staying more than 2 months.
Cost: The price gets cheaper, the longer you stay – available here
As a volunteer, you will:
- Help preserve Fiji’s marine and coastal biodiversity.
- Dive and snorkel to study the health of the coral reef habitats and relate that information to species conservation.
- Use underwater visual census methods to survey indicator and commercial fish and invertebrate species, such as nudibranchs.
- Record observations of the feeding habits and behaviour patterns of a range of marine life.
- Assess algae and coral cover to determine the extent of coral bleaching and damage.
- Study the impact of artisanal fishing on the coral reefs and the effects of global warming on coral reefs.
- Explore mangrove forests, dense seagrass beds and productive intertidal areas.
- Take part in critical habitat mapping.
- Work with local communities to increase their awareness and appreciation of the marine environment.
- Take part in environmental education days in the local schools and community groups.
Dive Training: All volunteers must be at least PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) to take part in the surveys. Full training is provided in-country for an additional fee.
PADI Certifications: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, EFR, Rescue, Divemaster.
Divemaster Internship: Available for volunteers staying for min. 4 weeks.
Equipment: All dive equipment is included for dive trainees. Those not doing a course can bring their own or rent locally.
Fun dives: Recreational, night and speciality dives available at extra cost.
Volunteers stay at the Beqa house and camp, a communal castaway-style camp on Beqa Island with a locally built timber frame house. Volunteers help with daily camp maintenance by taking turns to cook, tidy and clean the camp, rinse the dive kit, and help with a wide variety of other important and essential camp duties.
Sleeping: A mat on the floor covered with a mosquito net.
Food: 3 meals a day.
Support: 24-hour in-country volunteer support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available.
Transport: Free airport pick up and transfer to the island is provided for volunteers arriving on the first Monday of each month. For those arriving on a different day airport pick up, transfers to the island and accommodation for the first night can be arranged at a small additional cost.
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