• Indonesia
    • Bali
4 to 14 weeks
Animal Science Biology Conservation and Preservation Ecology Life Sciences Marine Biology Tourism Wildlife Sciences

Program Details

Non-Monetary Benefits
Year Round
Apartment Host Family
Weekly Hours
Age Min.


Starting Price
Price Details
Packages depend on your current diving level starting from $400 USD / week

Package #1 - Dive Master (8 weeks)
For divers who have completed up to their Rescue Diver course

Package #2 - Rescuer (10 weeks)
For Advanced divers who need to complete their rescue skills during their program.

Package #3 - Advanced (12 weeks)
For divers with an Open Water Diver certification and need to complete both Advanced and Rescue courses

Package #4 - Zero to Hero (14 weeks)
For applicants who have no previous diving experience and need to complete all the required prerequisites.

Package #5 - Researcher (6 weeks)
For professional or experienced divers who do not need to complete their Dive Master course
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals SIM cards Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

All packages include accommodation, in country transportation, 6-8 dives per week, 5 specialty courses, workshops, program shirt, VISA assistance, pre arrival training materials, pre arrival support

*Due to it's remoteness, all Raja Ampat programs include full room and board

What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Some Meals Travel Insurance Visa
What's Not Included (Extra)

Return flights to home country
In country spending money
Some meals
Travel and Dive Insurance
Profesional Processing Fees
Dive Master Training Manuals

Jul 23, 2022
Oct 01, 2022
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About Program

Indo Ocean Project was founded by marine biologists and dive professionals to create a high level training and ecological monitoring program in the heart of the coral triangle.

Our field expeditions in Indonesia hosts research projects focused on marine mega fauna, coral reef conservation, and marine policy. The aim of the Indo Ocean Project is to generate high quality scientific data to inform local mangers and stakeholders about the status of Marine Protect Areas (MPA), and to increase marine conservation awareness among the local communities and general public. We combine our research project with a dive master internship program to allow aspiring marine researchers or dive professionals to gain hands on experience in a professional environment while completing several internationally recognized certifications.

You don't need to be a diver or scientist to apply! Join one of our project locations in Nusa Penida (Bali), Bira (Southern Sulawesi) or Raja Ampat (West Papua).

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Program Highlights

  • Complete your dive master course and 5 marine ecology specialty certifications in paradise
  • Immerse yourself in tropical marine biology and work alongside a team of award winning dive professionals and marine biologists
  • Practical hands on research diver training and techniques including ecological monitoring surveys, baited remote underwater video, marine megafauna photographic identification, coral restoration, coral reef mapping, mangrove and sea grass restoration...
  • Career stepping stone and CV builder, launch your marine conservation or professional diving career
  • Explore Indonesia's top diving destinations and swim with manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, ocean sunfish and pristine coral reefs in the planets biodiversity hotspot: Nusa Penida, Bira, and Raja Ampat

Popular Programs

Nusa Penida Dive Master and Research Diver Internship

The project headquarters is located on the island of Nusa Penida in the Penida Marine Park. Penida is a diver, surfer, and yogi paradise only a 30-minute boat ride from southeast Bali and ideally located only 1 hour away from the Denpasar International Airport.

Key highlights
- Year-round manta ray sightings
- Seasonal mola sightings (ocean sunfish)
- Nusa Penida Turtles project
- Mangrove and Coral nursery and restoration
- Grounded ecological monitoring and baseline data

Raja Ampat Project Dive Master and Research Diver internship

Raja Ampat is comprised of over 1500 small islands surrounding 4 main islands of Misool. Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo. The project headquarters are located on the island of Waigeo around 20 minute’s drive from the regions capital, Waisai.

Key highlights
- Most biodiverse marine ecosystem on the planet
- Project development
- Established MPA
- Remote island living
- Manta rays, reef sharks, macro diving (critters) and thriving coral reefs

Bira Project Dive Master and Research Diver internship

Bira is located on a peninsula in Southern Sulawesi around 200km away from Makasar. It has one of Indonesia’s most stunning beaches and untouched reefs. Far away from the hustle and bustle of cities, this sleepy ship building village has only just started to attract the travellers eye.

Key highlights:
- Reef sharks galore!
- Marine park development
- Baseline data collection and ecological monitoring
- Coral nursery and mangrove restoration
- Community and education program

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Program Reviews

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  • Growth 4.9
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.7
  • Safety 5
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I started my internship questioning my abilities and by the end I attained a level of confidence in myself I've never had before. The amount of experience I gained through this program is irreplaceable. As a diver and conservation biologist this program really delivered experiences that enhanced my skills and knowledge. You could tell the staff wanted you to get to your highest possible potential while with them and have been more than happy to help with future endeavors. With my program complete, I feel eager to step into the next phase of my life.

  • Supportive
  • Challenging
  • Safety is a priority
  • Getting a scooter is necessary
  • There's no usable kitchen
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Divemaster internship

I completed my 8 week divemaster and research diver internship here. It has given me so much knowledge and experience to go out and start a career in marine conservation. I have a lot of fieldwork experience now. The diving is incredible and so is the diving support. I had the best time and feel supported since leaving the project in my future career choices and help with CV. I did 60 dives in 8 weeks which was plenty. I had to change my start date numerous times due to covid and family issues and IOP was very accommodating for this. So glad I finally made it!

  • Amount of diving
  • The support before and afterwards
  • The scientific research
  • Accommodation has no useable kitchen
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IOP Aug/Sep 2022

I completed my IOP internship with no background in marine biology or any related field, but a lot of motivation as well as professional and diving experience. The program helped me to get more insights into the daily life of dive professionals as well as the science side of things. The learning curve is very steep for every one but its very valuable lessons that make you better divers as well as provide you with experience to add to your "toolbox" for future employers. Reeflex divers is a great dive center with a strong focus on being eco friendly.

  • Great diving and great instructors
  • hands on experience in field work
  • safety and eco conscious dive center
  • it's a bit far off the "center" so a scooter is a must
2 people found this review helpful.
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Amazing experience

I was searching for an internship for completing my master degree in marine sciences and I found this program on the social network. My experience with IOP was amazing, in two month I learned so much regarding both conservation and diving and at the same time I had so much fun with my fellow interns. The IOP staff is amazing, especially regarding all the workshops related to the marine life and diving techniques. During my 10 weeks program I learned different techniques in order to collect useful data, like survey dives, BRUV deployment and analysis and coral restoration techniques.

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Divemaster and Research Diver Internship

IOP is unique in a lot of ways, but what makes it special is the focus on marine conservation and the passionate staff that deliver the workshops. The team at IOP are so supportive, knowledgeable and open to sharing all of this with the interns. Reeflex divers is a fantastic, efficient, environment-conscious dive centre with high standards in their equipment and teaching. All of the interns are there to learn and grow as divers and individuals, and it was amazing to come back into this world again after years away.
You will meet wonderful people, become a much better diver and discover a whole new world of marine life that will make you an asset as a divemaster and/or instructor if that is the career path you choose.
The parts of the internship I appreciate the most are the high standards of teaching, the focus on marine conservation and engagement with the local community, being taught by Indonesian divers and scientists, meeting a community of like-minded people, diving in challenging conditions (at times), and the support network around interns before, during and after the internship.

  • The support and knowledge of the whole IOP team
  • High standards of teaching and safety at both IOP and Reeflex Divers
  • Improving your skills as a diver
  • Having to ride a scooter to reach the nearest town
  • Basic accommodation given the cost
  • Not being able to stay!
6 people found this review helpful.
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IOP intern Nusa Penida - incredible!

I competed my Divemaster in Nusa Penida over the course of 2 months alongside Indo Ocean Projects and Reeflex Divers. Words cannot describe how incredible my experience was. The staff were fantastic, knowledgeable and helpful from the offset and throughout my time there. They paid so much attention to detail as well as being extremely professional. The equipment and the dive shop were superb. The instructors and dive guides were phenomenal and I have gained so much knowledge from doing my DM internship here. As I was interning, I got a behind-the-scenes view of the dive shop and saw how passionate the crew who work there are about diving and saw how much they put their customers first. The classes lead by Serena, Pascal and Michaela were so thorough and made so much fun, they were around to support and help you with any questions or concerns, no matter how big or small. I’d like to thank each and every person for their patience and guidance. Honestly, if I could I would just do it again and again and would never get tired of it. It was made to feel like home. 100% would recommend doing their DM with them!

  • Knowledgable
  • Passionate
  • Helpful
4 people found this review helpful.
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Incredible Experience

I am forever grateful I leapt into this experience. After two years with no diving, I was just excited for 3 months of being in and talking about the ocean every single day. It wasn't until I arrived I truly understood what I was part of. What an inspiring group and purposeful body of work to immerse yourself in. You develop skills and discover new interests you never knew you had. As a marketer, I didn't come from a science background so I was worried about whether or not Id be a valuable member of the team which I quickly let go of. I could not be more grateful for the connections, new dive buddies and renewed sense of self and purpose driven by becoming a divemaster and ocean advocate through IOP 🙌

  • Personal Development
  • Connection
  • Learning
8 people found this review helpful.
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Life Changing Experience with IOP!!

The Indo Ocean Project is completely mind blowing & life changing. I’ve been asked after graduating with my divemaster if i would really recommend someone to complete theirs and the answer is a million times YES! This is the most welcoming program that exists. Anyone can join with any number of dives, even zero, and achieve truly miraculous feats. There is so much guidance and understanding along the way, you will never feel alone!
I personally, really enjoyed the conservation that we as interns, were able to be apart of. The workshops are so well organized and educating. It’s very fulfilling to see the change that you’re making. By spending so much time in the water, your diving skills will improve immensely! I came out of the program a completely different and more confident diver than I could have ever imagined.
The experience that you’ll have during your divemaster program with Indo Ocean Project is priceless. It’s one of those choices that you’ll never regret and only wish you could do it over and over again because it changed you as a person. It connects like minded people in a beautiful atmosphere where you can add to each other’s knowledge and have amazing experiences together. I feel incredibly honored to call IOP family. 💙

  • Learn from talented instructors & leaders
  • Become an ocean expert
  • Make lifelong connections while experiencing the magic that is Nusa Penida
9 people found this review helpful.

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