Volunteer to conserve coral reefs on Caqalai Island, Fiji – 5% off with Sea Fans.


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, GVI are offering you the opportunity to transfer your program to a new date free of charge should you not be able to start on your proposed date due to travel restrictions. There are also flexible payment plans available, reach out for more information! 

Who: Global Vision International (GVI)

Where: Caqalai Island, Fiji

Focus: Coral reef surveying and conservation

When: All year round

Duration: 4 to 12 weeks | Non-certified divers must join for a minimum of 8 weeks

Suitability: 18+

Requirements: Volunteers must be PADI Open Water certified (or equivalent) on arrival at the project site.

Cost: 4 weeks from GBP 2645
The price per week gets cheaper the longer you stay:

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As a volunteer, you will:

  • Contribute to national efforts to conserve Fiji’s delicate coral reefs and marine ecosystems.
  • Become a PADI Advanced Open Water diver and learn how to ID different corals, inverts and fish in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Gain a great introduction into marine conservation. Snorkel and dive to learn how to conduct underwater data collection on the health of the reef.
  • Dive/snorkel 1-2 times a day to carry out underwater surveys.
  • Take part in weekly school visits to teach children about environmental conservation.
  • Help out in coral restoration with the creation of coral farms,
  • Learn First Aid and CPR.
  • Get involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, community education or alternative income training (depending on local and project needs).

Before Departure: Volunteers must complete their field training online, 8 weeks before departure. This is in order to maximise the time spent in the field. The training includes:

  • Pre-departure Orientation (1 hour)
  • Program Specific Training (1 – 5 hours)
  • Marine Conservation course (10 – 15 hours) – optional 

Internships are available. All interns are required to complete the marine conservation online course, as well as a leadership and careers course. Get in touch below to find out more.

Scuba Diving

Dive Training: Volunteers must be PADI Open Water certified, or equivalent, before joining. Non-certified divers that wish to attend for just 4 weeks can get certified at a local dive centre certified before starting.

PADI Certifications: EFR and Rescue courses are available for an extra fee.

Conservation Certifications: Volunteers can receive a PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality.

Divemaster Internship: Min. 24-week placement, broken into two 12 week periods. The first is spent on the marine conservation expedition. The second half is spent working in a local dive centre learning leadership scenarios, and gaining real-life experience.

The Base

Accommodation: Simple island living with cold-water showers and a communal kitchen, living and work area. Base duties are completed on a rotational basis.

Sleeping: Shared dormitories.

Food: 3 meals a day.

Working week: Monday to Friday, with weekends free to explore.

Support: 24-hour emergency phone, 24-hour in-country volunteer support.

Transport: Airport pickup included.

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  1. I went to Fiji as someone who had never dived before and came home as someone wanting to pursue a career in this field

    I went to Fiji as someone who had never dived before and came home as someone wanting to pursue a career in this field. I had never lived away from home before and had never travelled solo. It sounds ridiculously cliched but the 8 weeks I spent on the other side of the world were the best 8 weeks of my life and have shaped me into a better person. From the moment I met the team and my fellow volunteers in Fiji I felt at ease. Living on a tiny island in the middle of paradise whilst learning a new skill and giving back to the environment and the community made my time away incredible. I didn’t think I was capable of the things that I now know that I am and have a desire to do more work just like this. It wasn’t just the amazing diving in Fiji that I enjoyed so much but the country as a whole; the culture and the people were the most welcoming thing ever and I really did become part of a huge Fijian family for two months. The project gave me a new perspective of the world and made me 100 x more aware of issues around me. I would recommend any of the GVI marine programs to anybody who wants to make a difference, meet amazing new people and see magical places, words can’t really describe how awesome these experiences can be.

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