Coral Reef Restoration Research Project

Project name:

Hoga Island Marine Station (1)

Project purpose:

Get first-hand experience of our active Coral Reef Restoration project, immersing yourself in one of the fastest-growing fields of marine science. During your stay you will increase your field experience and gain transferable skills, working directly with a PhD student carrying out researching coral reef restoration techniques. The research of this project in a National Park hopes to help understand the best ways to restore coral reefs through scientific research.

Project activities:

  • habitat restoration/management
  • data collection/analysis
  • teaching (Reef Survey Techniques)
  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills
  • remote scenic location
  • reef survey training

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work
  • contribute to research that will be peer-reviewed science


Single or Shared wooden huts with Indonesian-style "mandi" (bathroom)

When does the project run?

February - May / August to December


accommodation included
food included
refillable drinking water
shower (bucket)
toilet (western)

Electricity is from a generator between 18:00 and 22:30 every day. All huts have electrical points for charging. The project has local cooks who prepare all meals, while water for bucket showers and flushing is brought from a well on the neighbouring island. Accommodation and lifestyle is basic but comfortable! No WiFi but 4G signal is generally good and data packages are reasonable on local sim cards.

How long can I stay?

minimum 4 weeks commitment, maximum 6 months (Discounts available for longer stays)


  • 18 years ol
  • Qualified SCUBA diver (possibility to complete course on site)

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

Hoga Island offers an idyllic remote setting in the heart of the Coral Triangle - the world centre for marine biodiversity.

Those who visit Hoga fall in love with this unique island and its magical coral reefs. Removed from the usual tourist route, this project is ideal for those looking for a truly remote research or conservation experience.

Discounts for longer stays are available on request.

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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