Coral reef conservation

Project name:

Operation Wallacea (2)

Project purpose:

Coral reef conservation

Project activities:

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):




Indonesia (Wakatobi National Park)

South-East Asia

1 Ratings


Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work


Wooden hut (with electricity) shared with another volunteer

When does the project run?

June to August


electricity, drop toilets, bucket shower, doctor on site, local shops, food included, refillabe drinking water, intermitent phone signal, mosquito net included in huts, basic linen provided

How long can I stay?

Minimum 2 weeks. Maximum 8 weeks.


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

**There are many different programs running with opwall for varying amounts of time. The price listed here may change upon further enquiry**

Hoga is a beautiful tropical island in the Wakatobi National Park. The set-up is like a small community, everyone (staff, volunteers and students) living in huts on stilts down small pebbled walkways through mangrove-like forest just next to the ocean. Everyone eats at set meal times and communally in the dining hut area. There is A LOT going on, school trips coming weekly. PhD, masters and undergrad students all working on their dissertations as well as some resident marine biologists working on their next project. Dive boats go out multiple times a day along the reef wall at Hoga, there is great biodiversity which is rare these days unfortunately. However there isn't a lot of big marine life (sharks etc.) although rare sighting of dolphins, eagle rays, turtles do happen! The whole project is off the beaten tourist trail and it is a real adventure for volunteers and staff a like! Even so because of the amount of students (up to 200 some weeks!) you don't feel isolated and there are so many scientists and professional divers you can talk to and get information from. For staff you have a couple of meetings a week and take shifts doing radio duty for the dive boats going out that day and help in the dive shop (when you aren't diving) as there is a lot of turnover for the dive gear. Phone signal is intermittment and there is no wifi. Each week there is a 'social night' for everyone where staff and students have a few beers and a party as the next day there is no diving and a lot less is going on than during the rest of the week!

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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