Australia - Great Barrier Reef Conservation
Explore the deep waters and make a difference in marine conservation at the Great Barrier Reef! Visit a turtle rehabilitation center and collect data for important research all while receiving your diving certification!
|Location of Project||Great Barrier Reef, Australia|
|Project Length||12 days|
|Arrival Airport||Cairns Airport (CNS)|
|Volunteer Work||Diving, research, marine rehabilitation|
|Number of Participants||Up to 8 volunteers|
|Age||18 - 80|
|Important Note||This project requires a minimum of 4 participants, anything less and the project will not take place.|
|Accommodation||Shared rooms in a hostel and a boat|
|Food||2-3 meals per day|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Airport pickup upon arrival|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details will be sent following registration|
|Insurance||Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage|
|Transportation||Transport to/from the dive school and boat|
|Dive requirements||According to PADI Dive regulations people with asthma, diabetes and serious respiratory conditions will not be medically cleared to dive.|
What's Not Included
|* If you have your Open Water certification and Advanced Open Water certification.|
Cairns is a tropical location in North Queensland, Australia. Located on a coastal strip between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range, it offers great access to diving at the Great Barrier Reef. From Cairns it is easy to travel to the nearby islands, Green and Fitzroy. While diving is the main attraction, there are many other exciting attractions nearby such as the Atherton Tableland and Cape Tribulation.
About the Project
Composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Known to be the world’s largest coral reef system, The Great Barrier Reef is home to many endangered animals, including over thirty types of whales, dolphins, 1,500 fish species, and much more. This project aims to restore and preserve while protecting its species in the marine ecosystem. Coral reefs, in particular, provide various marine animals with food, protection, and shelter, but because of human impact, these ecosystems are becoming vulnerable and are in great need of conservation. By teaching volunteers how to scuba dive and then training them to use these skills for the preservation of coral reefs, they gain a deeper understanding of the environmental issues facing the marine ecosystem.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Accommodations: Participants will stay at a hostel in shared facilities during most of the program. Participants will also spend two days living on a boat in shared facilities to access reefs further off the coast.
Food: 2-3 meals are available per day
Internet: WIFI is not available on the boats. WIFI is available at the hostel for an additional cost.
Laundry: There are laundry facilities available in the hostel for an additional cost. There are no laundry facilities on the boat.
While the expedition is packed full of amazing adventures in Cairns and at the Great Barrier Reef, traveling around Australia or to nearby Papua New Guinea are wonderful options for before or after the project. The nearby cities of Brisbane and Sydney are only 2-3 hours flight away and also offer exciting cultural and recreational attractions. Don’t forget the magnificent beaches for relaxing and snorkeling, the incredible hiking trails, and the surfing hotspots scattered throughout the rest of Australia.
- Minimum age is 18 years old
- Good level of physical fitness
- Completed PADI medical form (If “yes” to any medical statements, a doctor must sign approval for the program.)
- Must have at least 4 participants registered for the project
The fee includes becoming an Open Water Diver (OWD) or Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD), including training and certification paperwork.
If you already have the OWD and AOWD certifications, then you can start the program on day six and receive a discount of US$600.
Participants that are only doing their AOWD certification can spend the first three days exploring on their own or participating in organized activities (for an additional cost), since the training for these courses begins early on day four.