Volunteer to protect the coral reefs of the Palau Tioman Marine Park, Malaysia.

Biosphere Expeditions

Studying and protecting the reefs of the Pulau Tioman Marine Park, Malaysia


Who: Biosphere Expeditions

Where: Tioman Marine Park, Malaysia

When: August

Duration: 8 days

Focus: Survey coral reefs using the Reef Check methodology

Suitability: All ages.

Requirements: Volunteers must be PADI Open Water certified (or equivalent) before joining this expedition.

Cost: Expedition from GBP 1777.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Volunteer as part of a small group of fellow divers and volunteers onboard a modern liveaboard yacht.
  • Become a Reef Check Ecodiver. Learn to identify and survey reef species that help indicative the health of the reefs, such as: sweetlips, groupers, snappers, parrotfish, butterflyfish, lobsters, sea whips, hard and soft corals, and sea urchins.
  • Get the chance to see other rarer species: spinner and common dolphins, pilot whales, hawksbill and green sea turtles, black-tip reef sharks and whale sharks.
  • Assist the local researcher to study and protect the local Marine Park’s coral reefs, and contribute to the conservation of Malaysia’s valuable ecological resources.
  • Scuba dive two to four times a day to perform surveys using the Reef Check methodology.
  • Support informed management, education and conservation decisions made by the government and NGOs.

Conservation Qualifications: Volunteers can qualify as a Reef Check EcoDiver, and be eligible to apply for PADI or NAUI Reef Check Speciality Course certification after the expedition. Divers already holding a Reef Check EcoDiver card are more than welcome.

The Base

Accommodation: A modern three-deck, 85 feet liveaboard yacht, built in 2002 and completely refurbished in 2014. The boat features an air-conditioned lounge and an open-air dining area, sun deck and dive platform.

Sleeping: Indoor, air-conditioned cabins.

Food: All meals provided.

Base size: Up to 12 team members + 1 local scientist/divemaster + 1 expedition leader + yacht crew


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