Tropical Marine Biology and Conservation in Fiji

Learn to dive in the beautiful waters of the Dawasamu District while supporting community efforts towards sustainable marine resources.

Durations:  2 - 12 weeks

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Dive in crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific while assisting with research aiding the sustainable management of marine resources and local marine protected areas. Contribute to national efforts to conserve Fiji’s delicate coral reefs and marine ecosystems while living on GVI’s research base in the rural village of Silana located in the Dawasamu District.

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Program overview

Head on out in the clear blue waters of the South Pacific Ocean, where you will learn or improve your diving in one of the world’s most beautiful tropical regions, while discovering a unique underwater environment. Join an international team of participants on a marine biology expedition which focuses on the collection of important data on marine species from underwater research dives. See the colourful coral reefs up close and discover a myriad of fascinating marine creatures to study. This research becomes the foundation for local communities and organisers to make better decisions to improve sustainability in the area.

Receive the Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality segment of the PADI Divemaster course. This unique offering by GVI & PADI teaches you about best practices when conducting underwater coral reef surveys. This is offered to participants staying for 2 weeks or longer.

Spending time getting to know the local community and experiencing cultural immersion in the Fijian way of life. Develop an environmental education and awareness program for local children and communities. The project is geared towards providing long term benefits to locals through strategies helping to guarantee food security, not only for current generations but future ones too.


  • Enhancing your scuba diving skills with daily dives (weather permitting).
  • Conducting underwater surveys in the warm waters of the Pacific.
  • Complete GVI & PADI’s unique qualification, the PADI Coral Reef Research Speciality.
  • Data collection on targeted fish, invertebrate and benthic species.
  • Habitat mapping for coral reefs and marine environments.
  • Development of terrestrial and marine environmental best practices.
  • Supporting various community development initiatives.

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GVI Australasia, Fiji, Dawasamu
Marine Conservation

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