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Indonesia, Bali

Volunteer for marine conservation in Indonesia program focuses on the important evaluation about the effects of marine reserves on sharks and rays conservation. Hands on experiences, be it that a volunteer is a diver or not, will help establish the premiere approaches to protect sharks and rays.

Volunteer for Marine Conservation, Mantas, Sharks Indonesia


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Volunteers don’t need to be a divers or researchers to take part. You can learn all on the site from the experienced dive instructions (see below). with the quality and guarantee of the PADI diving school. Take an active part in this volunteer adventure, dive into the world-class dive sites and at the same time help in marine protection!

The marine project where you would be a volunteer – research diver is in the heart of the coral triangle, in Indonesia.This Indonesian marine conservation activity relies as well on the experience and expertise of the volunteers from around the world.

It was founded by marine biologist, dive instructors, and ocean enthusiasts from around the globe. Its creation serves as a nationwide standardized data collection about marine animals, marine mega fauna, coral reefs and ocean ecological status. It is a top volunteer adventure and a research diver training program at the same time. The organization is working together with Bali Diving Academy, the independent research from Florida International University, and the local communities. Its aim is to carry out scientific research with the help of volunteering for shark, ray, beautiful coral forests and marine conservation issues in the Indo-Pacific.


Why volunteer for sharks and mantas, in Indonesia?


As mentioned, you don’t have to be a diver to be an important part, right on the spot. The volunteer for marine conservation, mantas, sharks Indonesia project relies on the experience and expertise of the team leaders who instruct volunteers from around the world how to make an impact.
So, why would you wish to be a marine volunteer in Indonesia? This part of Indo-Pacific represents the heart of the oceans beauty. Habitat loss and increased fishing induced mortality of the top predators like are sharks and mantas cause many local populations near collapsing. Therefore the aim of this volunteer for marine conservation Indonesia program is to protect the populations from a further decline. One of the core tasks of a diving volunteer is data collection on shark and ray populations. Along, the same is executed for the coral forest habitats. They give a comprehensive picture on the ecology of marine habitats, populations and conservation issues that need to be addressed here at Indo-Pacific. The help of marine volunteers in Indonesia is valuable because researchers can report results to the stakeholders in order to make appropriate conservation steps and to rise awareness among local communities and general public. While you enjoy in the water and have world-class diving as a volunteer, you also help tremendously in the marine protection! And this even about the most majestic marine animals in the world![/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle” css=”.vc_custom_1507284335031{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 50px !important;background-color: #157a7c !important;border-radius: 10px !important;}” el_id=”project-cta-blue-color-white”][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]


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Klungkung Regency, Bali, Indonesia



2 months is a minimum


 Airport of Arrival:

Bali – Denpasar Ngurag Rai Intertational Airport (DPS)


Volunteer Contribution:

Data collection and conservation of marine mega fauna, mantas, sharks, coral reefs



18 and above


 # of Volunteers:

3-4  International volunteers from November – April

5-6  International volunteers from May – October


 Languages spoken:

English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Bahasa Indonesian


 Essential info:

You can also pay in USD. When applying you’ll get an automatic email reply with guiding instructions on how to proceed. It will cost you about 50.00 USD more, due to the bank charge and commission.


What is included?


 Airport Transfers:

In country transportation from International Airport or accommodation in Southern Bali to and from the project.



Private accommodation is available for additional fee
Low season (November – April) is 200 EUR/month
High Season (May – October) is 300 EUR/month



Breakfast and lunch are included during working days, vegetarian and vegan options available, local Indonesian food (rice, noodles)



Volunteers must provide their own comprehensive travel, health and diving insurance.


 Essential info (other):


  • Please contact your family doctor about any vaccinations needed when traveling to Bali
  • A dive medical must be completed by your physician prior to your program start date, although you are not a diver yet but might want to become one!




• 18+ years
• Good swimmer and comfortable in the open water
• Language: Good English
• Team player and ocean lover
• Medical fit for diving


Optional excursions:

Many optional excursions are available during your days off for holiday time. Nusa Lembgonan, Ceningan, and Penida are divers, surfers, yogi, and adventure seekers paradise, while the busy tourist island of Bali is only 30 minute boat ride away. Ask staff for more details about amazing travel destinations in the area.



Pre arrival and 24h in country emergency support is provided by the volunteer and research team at this Indo Pacific project in Sanur, Bali.

Not included:

– Flights
– Insurance (travel and diving)
– Evening meals
– VISA related costs
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Get live chat for the volunteer experience with mantas, sharks.

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Minimum conditions:

  • 18+ years
  • Good swimmer and comfortable in the open water
  • Language: fluent English
  • Team player and ocean lover
  • Medical fit for diving
  • No police Background check is needed


The country is one of the safest in the world however, like everywhere, precautions must be taken with your personal belongings.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-camera-retro” add_icon=”true” title=”Photos” tab_id=”photosb623-3d7176b7-04840dae-52cba7f4-7090ed3c-eb5a”][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”2343,2342,2340,2339,2338,2337,2336,2335,2334,2333,2332,2329,2328,2326,2325″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-comments” add_icon=”true” title=”Reviews” tab_id=”testimonialsb623-3d7176b7-04840dae-52cba7f4-7090ed3c-eb5a”][vc_column_text][testimonials category=60][/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-map-marker” add_icon=”true” title=”Location” tab_id=”locationb623-3d7176b7-04840dae-52cba7f4-7090ed3c-eb5a”][vc_column_text]


Klungkung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

The volunteer location is a 30-minute boat ride from southeast Bali and is ideally located only 1 hour away from the Denpasar International Airport in Bali. It is part of the Klungkung Regency district which includes the three islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida.
The island is about 8 square kilometer in surface with around 5,000 inhabitants. In 2010 it has become the Marine Protected Area (MPA). As part of the district of Bali, it is rich in Hindu culture with many temples to visit and ceremonies to attend throughout the year. The people are among the friendliest in the world and are very welcoming all visitors and are proud to show off their beautiful island. It is off the beaten Bali track, but it is an adventure seekers dream with world-class diving, cliff jumping, hiking, surfing, and yoga. Bali is only 30-minute boat ride away where also volunteers can feel the shopping vibes, beaches, nightlife, and a number of adventure activities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-question” add_icon=”true” title=”About” tab_id=”aboutb623-3d7176b7-04840dae-52cba7f4-7090ed3c-eb5a”][vc_column_text]



Elasmobranchs (among are sharks and rays) are some of the oldest living creatures on this planet but have survived multiple mass-extinction events. However, critical habitat loss and increased fishing induced mortality have caused that many elasmobranch species are currently experiencing global population declines, and a quarter of known species are threatened with extinction in our lifetime.

Therefore the research of this volunteer for marine conservation, mantas, sharks Indonesia program focuses on the important evaluation about the effects of created marine reserves on sharks and rays. To establish marine reserves are one of the premiere conservation approaches to elasmobranch conservation and we need to thoroughly investigate their implementation on community function. The researchers employs a variety of techniques to examine questions regarding ecosystem dynamics and the ecological role of sharks including stable isotope analysis, telemetry, and baited remote underwater video (BRUV) surveys.

BRUV is a non-invasive and easily scalable survey technique that is perfect for implementation for use in marine reserves. One of the leading problems facing conservation biologists is lack of data from remote regions. Indonesia is in the highest region of global shark and ray biodiversity, however they are one of the world’s leading shark fishing nations and many local populations are near collapse. With the marine volunteer help the project tries to collect biodiversity and abundance data on the shark and ray populations of Nusa Penida MPA and Komodo National Park. This data can be used to impact local management and monitor the effectiveness of the MPA’s in order to guide effective management.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-compass” add_icon=”true” title=”Orientation” tab_id=”orientationb623-3d7176b7-04840dae-52cba7f4-7090ed3c-eb5a”][vc_column_text]



Before you can be a volunteer research diver, you first must be a diver. The PADI Divemaster and Research Diver internship that this volunteer for marine conservation offers will give you the skills needed to work either in marine conservation/research or even in the diving industry itself. You will meet like-minded volunteers and other people to make your volunteer adventure even more memorable. Each volunteer will be able to network with experienced and aspiring marine biologists and conservation organizations from around the world all with the aim for marine conservation of mantas, sharks in Indonesia.

All intern marine volunteers undergo a thorough training process including completing PADI courses and methodology training before your data is included into the research procedure.

You have 4 different options and duration volunteer experiences available:

  • All in one, Aware, BRUV – duration 4 months

You are a brand new passionate marine volunteer, with no experience in diving. You will start with diving courses from the scratch – with PADI Open Water course, all the way to complete your PADI diving certificates (see below). Once completed this will enable you to start enjoying your BEST volunteer conservation project AWARE and BRUV in observing sharks, mantas and coral reefs and help all along to the conservation aim.

  • Advanced, Aware, BRUV – duration 3 months

This is a touch into a deeper volunteer adventure, where you will get diving experiences starting with the PADI Adwanced Open Water course and all the rest (see below).. Once it is concluded you will join other marine volunteers and help directly in marine volunteer conservation project AWARE and BRUV.

  • Rescure Aware, BRUV – duration 2,5 months

This volunteer experience is an upgrade to your already 20 dives that you have behind you. The rescue PADI course is included in this volunteer opportunity, as well as it will bring you quicker to direct help in the marine volunteer conservation project AWARE and BRUV.

  • Master, Aware, BRUV – duration 2 months

In this marine volunteer experience you have already all diving certificates (Master, Advanced and Open Water) with a minimum of 40 dives. You can directly be involved in the volunteer shark and manta conservation project: AWARE, as well as BRUV – baited remote underwater video project.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-user-plus” add_icon=”true” title=”Contribution” tab_id=”contributionb623-3d7176b7-04840dae-52cba7f4-7090ed3c-eb5a”][vc_column_text]



Marine volunteers, as interns, are essential to the daily operations of this Marine Project in Indonesia. As a research intern you will have many tasks that will rotate throughout your program to give you a full idea of all the aspects of being a Dive Master and a Research Diver. Some of your daily tasks will include:

  • Dive Guide: as a volunteer you will learn yourself how to guide dives and learn it from other experienced dive guides and dive masters. A marine volunteer will (should) be able to guide dives independently by the end of the volunteering.
  • Dive Instructor: Assist dive courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Rescue courses. Shadow the instructor team to prepare you to complete your IDC (Instructor Development Course) after your volunteer internship.
  • Research Team: Take a leading role in the research team by collecting abundance data on dives and placing & retrieving the BRUV (Baited Remote Underwater Video)
  • Office Volunteer Time: Help the dive team in the office with equipment maintenance and repair, sales and books, data entry and analysis, independent study, and dive master workshops.
  • Workshops and Skill Development: volunteer will complete the dive skills in a demonstration quality and will take part in a regular shark, ray, and marine ecology workshops.
  • Community outreach: volunteers will represent this marine conservation, mantas, sharks Indonesian program also with regular beach clean ups, underwater clean ups, guest lectures and documentary viewings.

Typical Day:

The marine volunteer project runs 7 days a week and all volunteer interns are entitled to 1 day off per week or 4 days off per month. These days can be accumulated if you require a few days off in a row. The first few weeks of a volunteer work are dedicated to dive, obtain methodology, and fish ID training and workshops. Once you, as a marine volunteer, are trained and have successfully completed the BRUV research volunteer diver and Fish ID test, you will take part in the daily research tasks.

A typical volunteer working day is from 07:30 – 17:30h with boats departing at 08:30 and 10:30 daily for 2 tank dives. Marine volunteers will meet in the morning and your mentoring instructor will assign your tasks for the day. The mornings are usually dedicated to diving related activities such as guiding customers, placing the BRUV, and collecting the survey data. The afternoons are usually spent around the office analyzing and inputting the data. Some days the volunteer will be responsible for managing the office, other days volunteers will be on the boat learning to lead dive trips and collecting data.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_type=”entypo” i_icon_entypo=”entypo-icon entypo-icon-signal” add_icon=”true” title=”Living set-up” tab_id=”living-set-upb623-3d7176b7-04840dae-52cba7f4-7090ed3c-eb5a”][vc_column_text]

Living set-up



Volunteers will stay in a private bungalow with a western bathroom. It includes air condition, fresh hot water and a shared pool. The possibility for volunteers of a western style homestay is only 5-minute walk away and is centrally located near some of the top restaurants and spa’s on the island.


All bedding for volunteers are provided by the hosts. Fresh sheets and room cleaning is available for volunteers upon request.



Breakfast and lunch are provided on all volunteer working days (6 days per week). Breakfast consists of eggs, pancakes, bacon, toast, fresh fruit, and fresh juice and is served around 07:00 at your homestay. Lunch is generally traditional local foods based around fried rice or noodles with vegetarian and vegan options available. Lunch is often provided in takeaway containers to have it during your volunteer surface interval. Coffee, tea, and fresh water are always available at the shop and homestay.

There are also many shops and markets around the dive center and homestay to purchase any additional snacks throughout the day to have your volunteering experience complete!



Wifi is available for the volunteers at the dive center and the homestay. However you can not expect to have western connection. It is enough for basic internet needs but often is not ideal for Skype calls, downloading, or streaming.


Laundry services for volunteers are available throughout the island for around £1.50 a kilo. Leave your laundry with them and pick it up 24 hours later fresh, clean, and folded. This service is available at the homestay.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-suitcase” add_icon=”true” title=”Travel focus” tab_id=”travel-focusb623-3d7176b7-04840dae-52cba7f4-7090ed3c-eb5a”][vc_column_text]

Travel focus


This volunteer project is perfectly situated 1 hour from the international airport and right in the middle of some of the most desirable tourist destinations in the world. Bali, Nusa Penida, the Gili Islands, Komodo National Park, are all within your volunteer reach. Take a few days before, after or during your program to explore the wonderful Indonesia. Being on a volunteer for marine conservation, mantas, sharks Indonesia while at the same time being also some guest- tourist is not a bad option at all!

Waterfall and volcano hikes, world class surfing and diving, some of the best yoga centers and teacher in the world, temple and cultural tours, or enjoy the nightlife of famous Kuta Bali. Bali never fails to impress any type of traveller or holidaymaker. Your volunteering adventure will stay in you forever.

If a volunteer is interested in any of these adventures he/she can ask the knowledgeable staff who have been living in the area for years. The marine volunteer stuff also works closely with a specialised tour agency and will be happy to connect any volunteer with their amazing programs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1512544405677{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 50px !important;background-color: #157a7c !important;border-radius: 10px !important;}” el_id=”project-cta-blue-color-white”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Apply now and secure yourself a place in this amazing volunteer project.

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Additional information


2,5 Months, 3 Months, 4 Months, 2 Months

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