Manta Ray & Coral Reef Conservation in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Durations: 2 - 24 weeks
Fieldwork hours35 hrs of fieldwork per week
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The project
At the confluence of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, lies the archipelago of Raja Ampat in Indonesia. One of the world’s most biodiverse marine ecosystems, these breathtaking islands bring to mind the floating emerald isles of Pandora – but this is real life!    In this marine conservation in Indonesia program, you’ll use your diving skills to collect essential data on the local coral reef, which comprises 80% of the world’s coral species. Join us as an experienced diver or arrive a bit early to earn your diving qualifications, before spend...
What's included

Project work

Work to conserve and protect the vibrant reefs of Raja Ampat.


Beach bungalows on raised wooden platforms above coastal waters.


Three meals a day incorporating local cuisine, as well as tea, coffee and water.

Airport transfer

You’ll get collected from the airport.

Basic pre-departure support

Includes an Essential Info Pack and answering any questions you might have.

Basic in-country support

Receive info packs with local resources, clinic details. In emergencies, consult packs; contact the Program Manager if needed.

24/7 mental health support

Receive support services provided by licensed professionals.


Learn about coral reefs, monitoring techniques and data entry processes.

Diving equipment

Tanks, weights and belt, and air fills are included. Additional equipment can be rented.


On average 2 dives a day (10-13 per week) in the Raja Ampat ecosystem.
What's not included

Flights and airport taxes, medical and travel insurance, visa costs, police or background check, additional drinks and gratuities, extra local excursions, personal items and toiletries, food and accommodation outside the project site, diver medical, personal diving insurance, PADI certifications, and dive equipment rental.

Your accommodation

Your home away from home is one of three wooden beach bungalows, hand-built by the local community using traditional methods and materials. These structures are on a raised platform connected to a longer boardwalk over the water, completely immersing you in the coastal island feel. Listen to the sound of the gently rolling tide as you drift off, and awaken to a glistening sunrise across the water. 


Rooms have bunk beds and shared western-style bathrooms. Linen, pillows, mosquito netting and fans are provided and the rooms have electricity to charge your appliances. Fresh water access is limited so shower times are structured to accommodate.  Laundry can be done in the village. There is also an upgrade available for singles, doubles or twins at an extra charge depending on availability. 


Wi-Fi is not available on the island but volunteers are encouraged to purchase a Telkomsel SIM card and register at the Jakarta airport on arrival. This is the only provider that works in the area, although some international phones may work with roaming.

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