Coral reef conservation

Project name:

New Heaven Reef Conservation

Project purpose:

To preserve, protect and restore the beautiful coral reef ecosystems around the island of Koh Tao, raising awareness and educating both tourists and locals about marine conservation

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation (coral)

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

  • report writing

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

  • publishes work

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

Wild Sun Rescue Center


is not included in the costs but can be organised, costs are between $12 to $40 per room per night

When does the project run?


refillable drinking water, wifi, local town, good phone signal, local shops, local activities (Koh Tao is a tourist island)

How long can I stay?


To begin the NHRCP courses you must be certified by PADI or SSI as an Advanced Level Diver. This means that non-divers coming to do the program must first complete the Open Water course (3 Days, 11 000 THB) and the Advanced Course (2-3 Days, 10 000 THB). Both of which can be done with the New Heaven Dive School.

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

2 week course: $760 (Advanced Divers), $885 (with Advanced Course), $1075 (with Open Water and Advanced Courses)

3 week course: $1140 (ADV. Divers), $1300 (w/ADV course), $1455 (w/OW & ADV Courses)

4 week course: $1520 (ADV divers), $1660 (w/ADV course),  $1835 (w/OW & ADV Courses)


You will do the same program on each length of course but will get increasing levels of depth and time to work on the projects as you stay longer.

Join the marine conservation team on daily activities for 5 days (Monday -Friday, December 15th-October 15th). Each day begins with a talk and presentation on a different topic of coral reef research, protection, or restoration; and is followed by a dive to actually practice the learned methods and techniques on one of our on-going project sites. The daily schedule will change based on the projects and restoration being conducted at the time, but generally are as follows:

  • Introduction to Marine Ecosystems and Ecology (dive to identify Marine Invertebrates in accordance with the Ecological Monitoring Program)

  • Climate change impact on coral reefs and basics of Mineral Accretion Devices (dive to maintain and trassplant corals to a mineral accretion device)

  • Artificial Reef Basics (dive to transplant corals on to and maintain artificial reefs)

  • Coral Nursery Basics and maintenance (dive to transplant corals on and off the coral nursery)

  • Seahorse Population Monitoring (Muck dive to survey for seahorses)

  • Giant Clam and Sea Turtle Nurseries and head-starting program, seahorse surveys, and much more

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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