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Coral reef and seagrass

Project name:


Project purpose:

Coral reef and seagrass surveys

Project activities:

  • community awareness
  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management
  • scuba diving



South-East Asia

average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills
  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)
  • coral restoration

Wild Sun Rescue Center


shared volunteer house

When does the project run?

April - September


food included, accommodation included, local shops, phone signal, cooking facilities, local town, drop toilet, cold shower, refillable drinking water, nearby medical facilities, wifi at the Project House, Transport within the project is covered

How long can I stay?

Minimum 1 week for qualified divers and 2 weeks for non-qualified divers (the 1st week is their dive course)


  • Scuba diving license (volunteers can take dive courses at the project for extra cost)

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

Conservation in Action

Week 0 – Dive Course

Unqualified divers arrive Monday and complete dive course including 1 extra buoyancy dive and 1 fun dive.

Weeks 1 onwards – Research Training and Survey Weeks

Qualified divers arrive on Monday. 
2 coral nursery dives 
2 turtle photo ID dives 
2 shark photo ID dives
2 other dives – depending on what needs doing at the time; could be reef clean ups, bouyline maintenance, clearing fish traps or deploying more coral nurseries. 
2 beach clean ups with local dive centres

Seagrass Research

Week 0 – Dive Course

Unqualified divers arrive Monday and complete dive course including 1 extra buoyancy dive and 1 fun dive.

Week 1 – Research Training 

Qualified divers arrive on Monday. 
Volunteers will learn the theory of Seagrass Watch; a globally accepted method of surveying seagrass beds 8 training dives

Weeks 2-4 – Research Training 

Volunteers will conduct actual official Seagrass Watch surveys on 4 of the largest seagrass beds in the Perhentian islands. 
Surveys are repeated twice a year to assess the health of the beds, as well as the impacts of the monsoon.


Sundays on the island are days off! Chilling, diving, trekking, totally up to you. If it’s your last week then Sunday is your departure day, so you’ll have to say a sad farewell to your fellow volunteers. Boats back to the mainland are at 8am, 12pm, or 4pm.

Skill Development

  • Seagrass Watch Surveys

  • Coral Rehabilitation Method

  • Photo ID

  • Diving

  • Research Skills

Reviews & ratings



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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