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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



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

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • publishes work

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center


local homestay

When does the project run?


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

How long can I stay?


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.

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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