Volunteer to conserve coral reefs and manta rays in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

The Great Projects

Who: The Great Projects

Where: Arborek Island, Raja Ampat, Western Papua, Indonesia.

Focus: Scuba dive to survey coral reefs and monitor manta rays:

  • Learn Reef Check methodology and survey coral reefs.
  • Help produce detailed coastal habitat maps for use in advising local governments and communities on establishing Marine Protected Areas.
  • Monitor manta rays and learn to recognise their key characteristics, markings, and behaviours, as well as manta ray ecology, biology, and conservation.
  • Teach English to the local school children and other community members, as well as providing education on environmental issues and eco-tourism.
  • Join in with beach clean ups.


  • Coral reef surveying: All year round
  • Manta ray season: November – May. Outside of these months sightings cannot be guaranteed and the manta research part of the project is scaled down.

Duration: 2-8 weeks (min. 3 weeks if dive training required).

Suitability: Over 18s.

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