Volunteer to protect coral reefs in Southern Leyte, Philippines.

Coral Cay Conservation

Southern Leyte Volunteer Coral Reef Conservation Project


Who: Coral Cay Conservation (CCC)

Where: Napantao, Sogod bay, Southern Leyte, The Philippines

Focus: Coral reef surveying and scuba diving

When: All year round (closed from mid-Dec to start-Jan)

Duration: 2-16+ weeks ; Min. 4 week stay if dive trainee

Suitability: Over 18s

Cost: Reduced cost for longer stays  | Discount for returning volunteers.

  • Certified Divers: 2 weeks from GBP 825
  • Dive Trainees: 2 weeks from GBP 925

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Learn to dive on world-class reefs, including the fantastic house reef directly outside the base. Perfect for snorkelling.
  • Become a coral reef surveyor by undergoing CCC’s Skills Development Programme (SDP). No prior knowledge of marine biology needed, just an interest in the ocean.
  • Learn coral reef ecology, marine wildlife identification and different target species.
  • Gather data on the health of the surrounding reefs to help inform future management decisions on how best to conserve marine resources.
  • Help in the establishment and ongoing monitoring of Marine Protected Areas (MPA).
  • Join community education sessions within local schools and universities, and support the scholarship programme training local scholars.
  • Interact with, and contribute to, the local traditional village.
  • Gain first aid training.
  • The chance to snorkel with migrating whale sharks (Nov-May).

Conservation Certifications: Reef Check Eco-Diver certification, CCC Reef Survey Diver PADI specialty.

Scuba Diving

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

Divemaster Internship: Min. 12 weeks stay. Free if volunteering for 16+ weeks.

The Base

Accommodation: Spacious, but basic, volunteer house overlooking the ocean in a remote location.

Sleeping: Dormitory-style bunk rooms, up to 6 people per room.

Food: 3 meals a day cooked by in-house project chef.

Base size: 2-15 volunteers.

Support: Airport pick up, 24-hour on-site support, pre-departure meetings.

About CCC

Coral Cay Conservation is an award-winning NGO that specialises in the organisation of community based coral reef and tropical forest expeditions.  Established in 1986, CCC pioneered the successful ‘citizen science’ approach by using volunteers to collect the scientific data needed to develop and implement effective conservation solutions.

CCC’s mission is to provide resources to help sustain livelihoods and alleviate poverty through the protection, restoration and management of coral reefs and tropical forests. In addition to this, CCC focuses on scientific research, capacity building, education and raising awareness, and have run over twenty successful conservation projects in more than ten countries around the world.

Furthermore, they have involved more than 10,000 volunteers, trained several hundred scholars, and published more than 300 key scientific research papers.

Coral Cay has been working in the Philippines since 1995, and in Southern Leyte since 2002. Join this conservation project to discover some of the best diving, and incredible biodiversity, that The Philippines has to offer.

Headquarters: Lifesigns Group, The Kiln, Grange Road, Tongham, Surrey, GU10 1DJ, UK.


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  1. Sea Fans recommend CCC and this exceptional marine volunteering and diving experience

    We (Jerry & Amy – Seafans founders) met whilst working as volunteer staff for Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) – read ‘Our Tale’ in the ‘About’ section. Jerry first discovered CCC as a volunteer in 2013 at this awesome tropical base. He initially signed up for 4 weeks, and was having such an amazing time he repeatedly extended his stay until 10 weeks had passed. Forward wind 2 years and Amy and Jerry were working as staff at this base for six months. So we know this volunteering agency, the base and the bay very well.

    The house reef is staggeringly beautiful. The diversity of marine wildlife is incredible, from macro life such as pygmy seahorse and countless nudibranchs, to cuttlefish and squid, a myriad of technicolour fish, to fabulous coral colonies. Throw in some whale sharks, and you’ve got a divers paradise. The science course is brilliant and you’ll learn to be able to identify and count hundreds of species. For example there are over twenty species of butterflyfish alone that inhabit the house reef, which you can learn to identify whilst eating your dinner by viewing the incredible wall mural painted by Amy ! The base is secluded in a coconut palm forest plantation just a few minutes walk from the nearby village and the karaoke bar that the base overruns on a Saturday night. We guarantee you will have an unforgettable experience with CCC.

    Along with working at this base, Jerry & Amy have also worked with CCC at their now closed Cambodia and Montserrat bases. So needless to say we have particularly special memories of volunteering with CCC, and continue to have an ongoing successful connection with this award winning NGO.

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