Coral reef management and conservation

Project name:

Sea Sanctuaries

Project purpose:

Coral reef management and conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy​

  • publishes work



When does the project run?


food included, accommodation included, electricity, western toilets,

How long can I stay?


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

Your time with us will be spent diving – conducting marine life surveys to collect invaluable base line data – as well as helping with community projects. There’s time to explore the islands, hike through jungle terrain, visit sacred lakes or kayak around Secret Bay. And if, like us, you just can’t get enough of the reefscapes we make time for fun dives too.

Blast and cyanide fishing has had a devastating effect on the seascape and although illegal, these destructive practices still occur sporadically. Over fishing is causing the marine life populations to dwindle as the delicate balance of the food chain is disturbed. We’re working closely with local communities and been working with the local government to set up No Take Zones (NTZs) in the area to help protect the reefs and encourage re-population. The result of this effort is two NTZs, totaling almost 70,000 hectares, in the Raja Ampat area. 

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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