PADI Divemaster course focusing on reef ecology and species identification

Project name:

Hoga Island Marine Station (2)

Project purpose:

Take your first step into the world of professional diving by completing your PADI Divemaster in the heart of the Coral Triangle. You will get the opportunity to increase your knowledge of coral reef ecology and Indo-Pacific species identification and stand out from the crowd.

Project activities:

  • scuba diving
  • teaching (reef ecology training)



South-East Asia

1 Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • gain a qualification or credit
  • transferable skills in marine conservation

Noteworthy conservation points:

Wild Sun Rescue Center


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 of age
  • PADI Rescue Diver with 40 logged dives (can be achieved on-site)
  • Medical clearance for diving prior to arrival
  • PADI Divemaster Crewpak
  • Own dive computer and wetsuit; full gear preferrable

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

Remote, idyllic setting - perfect for those looking to avoid the tourist crowds. Superb diving on incredibly diverse reefs, where you will learn the skills to be a Divemaster with a difference. Increasing your knowledge of reef ecology will allow you to impart this to guests in the future and provide a holistic and informative dive experience.

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

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


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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