Volunteer to protect coral reefs in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

Barefoot Conservation

Barefoot Conservation Raja Ampat Project

Barefoot Conservation

Where: Arborek Island, Raja Ampat, East Indonesia / West Papua

Focus: Coral reef surveying and scuba diving

When: All-year round | Rainy season: May – September

Duration: 2-12 weeks (min. 3 weeks if dive trainee) | Recommended 4-6 weeks to get the most out of survey diving and community work.

Suitability: Over 18s


  • Non-certified divers: 3 weeks from GBP 1595.
  • Advanced certified divers (or above): 2 weeks from GBP 1095.

Find out more: Barefoot Conservation 

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Learn to scuba dive on world-class reefs, and become a PADI Advanced Open Water diver.
  • Learn coral reef ecology, and how to identify fish, corals, invertebrates and plant life species
  • Gather survey data, as part of a dive research team, on the health of the reefs in order to help in the establishment and ongoing monitoring of MPAs (Marine Protected Areas).
  • Help to create a Geographic Information System (GIS) map of the reefs.
  • Teach English to school children and other community members.
  • Take part in river and beach clean ups.
  • Get involved in community projects such as the renewable energy programme, climate change research, the community medical clinic, and education on environmental issues and eco-tourism.

Scuba Diving

PADI Dive Training: All non-qualified divers will be trained up to a minimum of PADI Advanced Open Water before starting the science programme.

PADI Certifications: PADI EFR, Rescue and Divemaster courses available.

Divemaster Internship: Min. 12 weeks stay recommended.

The Base

Accommodation: A traditional, basic, remote island base on the beach.

Sleeping: A mixed-sex dormitory bungalow with bunk beds.

Food: 3 meals a day cooked by local staff, except Sundays which are self-catering.

Base size: Small number of volunteers.

Support: Airport pickup, 24-hour on-site support.

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