Raja Ampat Diving Project
Who: The Great Projects
Where: Arborek Island, Raja Ampat, Western Papua, Indonesia.
Focus: Scuba dive to survey coral reefs and monitor manta rays.
When: All year round
Peak manta ray season: November to 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. Group bookings available.
- Dive Trainees: 3 weeks from GBP 1595.
- Certified Advanced Divers: 2 weeks from GBP 1095.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Dive unexplored coral reefs and support marine conservation efforts throughout the Raja Ampat archipelago.
- Learn to scuba dive, or increase your diving credentials up to Divemaster.
- Learn Reef Check methodology which is used to monitor the health of a coral reef.
- Perform two research dives per day to survey the coral reef (weather permitting) .
- 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.
- Learn about 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.
- Support the staff in their work on encouraging entrepreneurial attitudes in the local communities, and livelihood diversification workshops.
- Join in with beach clean ups.
- Enjoy leisure dives during your free time and undertake further dive training.
Dive Training: All volunteers must be PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) in order to take part in surveys. Full training is provided on-site.
PADI Certifications: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, EFR, Divemaster.
Divemaster Internship: Available for an extra £350.
Accommodation: Beach-front basic dormitory-style beach bungalows. Each bungalow has been hand-built by the local community using traditional methods and materials.
Sleeping: Shared, same-sex rooms with bunk beds, mattresses, pillows, basic linen, mosquito nets, power supply and fans. Private rooms available in shared beach bungalow for an extra fee.
Food: 3 meals a day are provided with specific diets catered for. Meals are cooked by local staff, except on Sundays when staff and volunteers cook all meals.
Number of volunteers: 24 max.
Support: 24-hour in-country volunteer support.
Transport: Volunteers fly to Sorong airport and are met at the Meridien Hotel for transfer to the project site via ferry.
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