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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.
The first 6 days are dedicated to completing diving certifications for all participants. From day 7 onwards, the itinerary provides several types of conservation initiatives in the following categories: underwater, with turtles, and on land.
Some of your tasks underwater while diving may include:
Volunteers also have one day in the itinerary dedicated to a local turtle rehabilitation center. Tasks will vary depending on the needs of the turtles in their care, and could include: General cleaning and maintenance, food prep and cleaning tanks, engaging in educational lectures, or other if advised by the staff.
During another day of your trip, you’ll team up with a local marine conservation group. Depending on ongoing projects, volunteers may engage in diverse tasks such as learning about marine debris impact, participating in beach cleanups, assisting with facility maintenance, and potentially contributing to the upcycling process, all while enjoying a day filled with learning, action, and community involvement.
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.
Accommodations: Volunteers will stay at a local and lively youth hostel in shared mix-gender rooms housing 4-6 people per room during most of the program. Participants will also spend two nights on the live-a-board boat on the Great Barrier Reef in shared facilities to access reefs further off the coast. For participants who would like a quiet or private housing option, we partner with a local boutique hotel to offer private room upgrades. Pricing and availability is subject to the time of booking, general pricing listed below.
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!