Volunteer to protect coral reefs and engage with the community on Malapascua Island.

People and the Sea

People and the Sea Expedition


Who: People and the Sea.

Where: Malapascua Island, Philippines.

Focus: Coral reef surveying and scuba diving, or land-based community engagement projects.

When: All-year round. Specific monthly start dates.

Duration: Divers – 4-12+ weeks / Non-divers – 2-12+ weeks.

Suitability: Over 18s.

Cost: Available here.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Scuba dive on beautiful reefs and get the chance to see thresher sharks at the world-famous dive site, Monad Shoal.
  • Learn coral reef ecology and how to carry out coral reef surveys – no previous experience required as full training is provided.
  • Help establish an ongoing coral reef monitoring and biodiversity assessment programme on 25-30 sites.
  • Develop a science training program for the local community.
  • Create a habitat map of Malapascua’s waters and a usage map of Malapascua’s waters (fishing and diving sites).
  • Make a difference in the community by taking part in community engagement projects.
  • Help identify the island’s main fishing methods, and sources of income. This will inform the investigation of what alternative sources of income could be developed on Malapascua.
  • Establish effective communication links with the local community/stakeholders that permit the dissemination of the information we gather.

PADI Dive Training: All volunteers will be trained up to a minimum of PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW).

The Base

Home-stay  Live in a local community household.

Private accommodation – Available in a bungalow or at a resort for an extra cost.

Food – 3 meals a day, plus unlimited water, tea and coffee.

Support  Comprehensive logistical support.

Group size – Max. 8 volunteers.

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