Diving and Marine Conservation in Thailand

Company : Oyster Worldwide
Activities: Adventure Holidays / Activity Holidays / Career Break / Community Volunteer Projects / Summer Volunteer Programs / Animal Volunteer Projects / Scuba Diving / Summer Jobs / PADI Course / Conservation Volunteer Projects / Wildlife Tours
Country: Thailand
Location : Ko Phangan - Thailand
Duration: 2 weeks to 2 months
Approx Costs: 1000 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Become a marine conservation volunteer on the beautiful island of Ko Phangan. Help to conserve the depleting coral reefs and learn how to dive - all on one programme!

Want to learn how to dive and explore some of the world's most vibrant coral? This programme will expose you to the fascinating, underwater world of the ocean and the brightly coloured marine life that live there.

As a volunteer, you will work alongside a marine research organisation and dive daily to better understand the complex underwater ecosystem. The main aim is to identify the main causes of the rapid depletion of coral.

From overfishing to climate change, there are a lots of factors that are causing the beautiful coral damage and you will get to work with the marine experts to find out what can be done to reverse this.

Ko Phangan in Thailand is renowned for its diving and for many avid travellers, Thailand remains at the top of the bucket list due to its diverse culture and jaw-dropping landscapes.

Novices are very welcome as professional diving instruction is available.

Whether you are looking to do a scuba diving gap year, are taking a career break or are simply looking for volunteer holidays abroad, joining this programme is an amazing opportunity to improve your diving and make a valuable contribution to marine conservation.

What will I be doing?

On arrival, you will be briefed, by the experts, on the centre's research methods and introduced to the PADI course, an exciting moment for those who are yet to experience diving.

This is a hands on programme and the typical activities that volunteers will be involved in involve:

  • Daily diving
  • Gathering data from about coral and fish species
  • Taking photographs
  • Take samples and measurements

Novice divers who stay for 2-4 weeks will be competent divers by the time they leave Chalok Lum, the small village where the centre is based.

What can I do in my free time?

Based at the research centre, where the rest of the research team live, you will stay in comfortable accommodation. Located right in the heart of the village, you will soon be recognising your neighbours and feel part of the local community. There is a lot to do on the island and there are easy links to neighbouring Ko Tao and Ko Samui. Most weekends and evenings will be yours to fill, but there are plenty of other volunteers to share a meal or a drink with.

Start Dates

This programme runs all year round, apart from mid December to mid January. Arrival day is preferably a Monday. You are asked to arrive before 3pm at Koh Samui airport for your transfer to the project.

Costs / Benefits

2 weeks costs £1255 for PADI qualified divers; each additional fortnight costs £400. If you are not a qualified diver you can take the PADI Open Water course during your stay for an extra £350.

Booking / Enquiry

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Oyster Worldwide Diving and Marine Conservation in Thailand Reviews

Diving and Marine Conservation in Thailand

Everything about it was amazing, and I came to dive which is what I managed to do. Only thing is I didn't get to do much analysis in the lab but that is the only flaw!
I’d recommend taking a bit more money than you think, remember deet! Take your own rash vast if possible, and your own goggles/snorkel

You can learn so much about yourself in such a short time, it helped me to decide what to do with my life and showed me the beauty of life!
Life changing experience :)

By: Kathryn
Nationality: UK
Age: 18

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