Volunteer to survey and conserve coral reefs in Fiji.

Frontier

Fiji Marine Conservation and Diving

(Snorkelling-only volunteer project available)


Who
: Frontier

Where: Beqa Island, Fiji

Focus: Scuba dive and/or snorkel to survey coral reefs.

When: All year round

Duration: 1-20 weeks. Recommended min. 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: Volunteers can join to either scuba dive or snorkel only:

  • Divers – 1 week starts from GBP 1095.
  • Snorkellers – 1 week starts from GBP 699 | Refer to Frontier’s “Fiji Beach Conservation” project for more details.

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.

Scuba Diving

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.

The Base

Volunteers stay at the Beqa house and camp, a communal castaway-style camp on Beqa Island with a locally built timber frame house. The camp is a five minute walk away from the beach through the rainforest. 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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