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Cairns is a tropical location in North Queensland, Australia. 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 major attraction, there are many other exciting attractions nearby, such as the Atherton Tableland and Cape Tribulation.
Following your dive certification, from Day 6 onwards, you will be involved in marine conservation tasks, done while diving. Data collected from the survey dives will be entered into a database.
Some of your tasks may include:
On the last day of the program, volunteers may assist in hands-on duties at a turtle rehabilitation center to feed the turtles and clean the tanks.
Internet: Wi-Fi is not available on the boats. Wi-Fi is commonly available at various hotels and hostels in cairns.
Laundry: There are no laundry facilities on the boat. While you’re staying in Cairns in a hostel or hotel, laundry will depend on the local providers.
Volunteers in 2023: volunteers will stay at a hostel in shared facilities during most of the program. Participants will also spend two nights (4 and 5) on the boat in shared facilities to access reefs further off the coast.
Volunteers in 2024: the program doesn’t include accommodations allowing participants to stay anywhere in Cairns they prefer. Two nights on the boat are still included in the itinerary, so volunteers are responsible for 9 nights accommodations. With GoEco, it’s easy to add on to your program a hostel accommodation package for all 9 nights upon request, see pricing below for the full package. Our partner hostel provides a mixed-gender dorm room of about 4-6 people.
Food: During the program, participants get 3 x breakfast, 5 x lunch and 2 x dinner according to the outlined itinerary.
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Project’s minimum requirements:
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 hour’s 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.
To gain the complete in-and-out-of-water Australian experience, add on our Wild Animal Sanctuary!