Coral reef and community conservation

Project name:

People And The Sea

Project purpose:

Coral reef and community conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • scuba diving

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

600

Marine

Philippines

South-East Asia

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • publishes work

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

local homestay

When does the project run?

Facilities:

food included, accommodation included, electricity, local town, local shops, drinking water, tea and coffee

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

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

*non-diving weekly cost $333*

Week One

The next day marks the start of a weeks intensive SCUBA diving training. Led by one of our very experienced instructors, you will receive expert tuition as you complete two internationally recognised and renowned SCUBA diving qualifications.

Week Two

In the second week we move on to the other fundamental part of your expedition training – the marine species identification, marine ecology and underwater survey techniques. Crucial to the aims and objectives of the expedition, the material delivered in the second week has been carefully compiled and referenced.

There is a lot of information to take on in this second week and we do suggest that you give some time to self-study prior to the start of your expedition. Topics covered include:

  • Basic Reef Introduction

  • Coral Reef Ecology

  • Coral & Benthos ID

  • Invertebrate Identifcation

  • Reef Fish Identifcation

  • Survey Methodologies

Weeks Three & Four

The second half of your stay is where you get chance to really put all of the training you receive into action.

The collection, processing, and subsequent sharing of data relating to the marine environment around Malapascua is the core focus of our work. The remainder of your expedition gives you the opportunity to make a real contribution to our research goals.

Our days typically start early! Following a light breakfast and a dive briefing, the first dive of the day takes place at 8am after breakfast. A number of sites around the island have been previously identified for in-depth study. The criteria for their selection are numerous and will be explained to you in more detail as part of your training.


Which if these dives sites you visit is dependent largely on current status of the ongoing data collection programme. The specific objectives of each expedition will vary accordingly but these will be discussed with you at the start of your third week.

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

An Experience of a Lifetime