Coral Reef Restoration

Project name:

Blue Corner Marine Research

Project purpose:

The Nusa Islands Restoration Project is an attempt to reverse the degradation of reef areas along the northern coastline of Nusa Lembongan & Penida Islands, Bali. These reef areas have been monitored by our team for the past 10 years. A need for reef restoration was highlighted as a priority in the area, and Blue Corner implemented a plan to restore these impacted areas.

During the training program participants learn about restoration ecology & coral biology, as well as take an active role in coral transplantation and monitoring.

Project activities:

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification or credit

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

  • publishes work


On-site accommodation available in dormitory and private rooms. Or many off-site options on the island.

When does the project run?

All year


electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, shower (hot), toilet (western), wifi, surfing, bar, swimming pool

How long can I stay?

1-week coral restoration programs up to 5 week Scientific Diver Program. Can also be combined into PADI Divemaster programs.


  • Certified diver with good bouyancy skills

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

This coral reef restoration program is conducted as a workshop in which you take part in Blue Corner Marine Research's ongoing coral restoration project. During this week you will learn about the science of restoration ecology and how it applies to marine environments. You will also learn several techniques in coral propogation, monitor nursery corals and transplant corals onto modular reef structures. Taught by our in-house marine biologist and certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner. 

Certification includes: PADI Coral Restoration Diver.

The 6-day workshop price is USD $560 (IDR 7.900.000) All books and survey materials, certification, and use of dive gear are included in the course fees for the conservation modules. We will be doing at least 10 dives working at the restoration site, so divers need to have good buoyancy skills and be comfortable in currents.

Throughout your time here on the island you are responsible for your own food and accommodation.

The main Blue Corner Dive shop where we will be doing our training is located on Jungutbatu Beach on Nusa Lembongan Island, Bali. This beach is the heart of budget accommodation on the island where most independant travellers stay. Within 5 minute walk of the dive centre are several homestays and guesthouses which do nightly/weekly/or monthly rates on rooms. Blue Corner Dive has a dormitory for students ($15/bed/night for AC dorm or $10 for fan bed). This can be a nice social option for either the first few nights while you get to know the island, or even for the entire time of your course. Note that you will still be responsible for your own meals, but we have a delicious beach-front bar and restaurant that sells delicious food and there are plenty of off-site options that suit all budgets.

The Coral Restoration Week is part of a 5 week Scientific Diving Training Program:
- Scientific Diver Fundamentals Week
- Marine Biology & Coral Reef Ecology Week
- Reef Health Monitoring Week
- Coral Reef Restoration Week
- Marine Megafauna Week

Discounts for enrolling in multiple weeks.

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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