• Indonesia
    • Bali

Program Details

Non-Monetary Benefits
Year Round
Weekly Hours


Starting Price
Price Details
We have multiple packages available depending on your current diving level with an average of $220 USD / week

All packages include accommodation assistance, listed diving and ecological courses and workshops, airport pick-up and transfer assistance on arrival, 2 program shirts, lunch on double dive days, pre-arrival support, VISA assistance and sponsorship, pre-arrival online training course, & scientific course materials. Each package also includes all divemaster course material & professional certification fees.

Does not include flights, additional spending money, some meals, VISA and renewal fees.

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What's Included
Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals SIM cards Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

All packages include accommodation assistance, in-country transportation, 8 dives per week, SSI divemaster course, 3 ecology specialty courses, additional workshops, program shirt, VISA assistance, pre-arrival training materials, pre-arrival support, & lunches during double tank dive days.

What's Not Included
Accommodation Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
What's Not Included (Extra)

Due to differing needs with regards to accommodation, we do not provide a set accommodation; however, we can provide you with several options with nearby partners with varying amenities/facilities & negotiate a discounted rate for the duration of your stay.

Nov 20, 2022
Jan 30, 2023
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About Program

Project Laut is an conversation project founded by dive professionals & marine biologists that aims to deliver high-quality scuba training while contributing to the establishment of a strong ecological monitoring program here in the heart of the Coral Triangle.

Our research aims focus on three topics; the tracking & population dynamics of the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle through photo-identification methods, coral reef rehabilitation by building and deploying open-modular coral spider structures, and investigating the efficacy of mixed vs non-mixed coral transplanting techniques at restoring ecosystem functions. Through the generation of this data, we are able to help direct local & international conservation efforts.

We are happy to host incoming interns who are looking to develop their own research projects, for professional or academic purposes, but you don't need to be a diver or a scientist to apply and join us here at Project Laut.

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Program Highlights

  • Complete your Divemaster course & 5 marine ecology specialties in a beautiful tropical environment
  • Get practical and hands-on experience with scientific diving techniques, such as coral structure building & planting, marine megafauna photographic identification, & remote underwater video
  • Work alongside a team of experienced & award winning dive professionals & marine biologists
  • Build your confidence, CV, & network in order to launch or conservation and/or diving career
  • Dive in some of the most biodiverse & pristine tropical reefs alongside manta rays, sharks, ocean sunfish, & sea turtles

Popular Programs

Divemaster in training

Description: For accomplished divers who have already completed the majority of their dive training before joining our project.

Prerequisites: Candidates must have completed their Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Stress & Rescue Diver, CPR/First Aid & O2 Provider courses as well as have a minimum of 40 logged dives. Must be cleared to dive by a medical professional.

Minimum Time Commitment: 8 weeks

Program Fees: 40,000,000 IDR

Intern on Boat

Description: For experienced divers who have yet to complete their SSI Stress & Rescue course certification.

Prerequisites: Candidates must have completed their Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver courses as well as have a minimum of 20 logged dives. Must be cleared to dive by a medical professional.

Minimum Time Commitment: 10 weeks

Program Fees: 48,000,000 IDR

Coral Restoration

Description: For beginner divers who have yet to complete their Advanced Open Water course certification.

Prerequisites: Candidates must have completed their Open Water Diver course and be cleared to dive by a medical professional.

Minimum Time Commitment: 12 weeks

Program Fees: 56,000,000 IDR

Nusa Penida Coral

Description: For applicants who have no previous diving experience and will complete all courses with the project.

Prerequisites: Applicants must be comfortable in the open water, be able to tread water for 10 mins and swim 400m, and be cleared to dive by a medical professional.

Minimum Time Commitment: 14 weeks

Program Fees: 67,000,000 IDR

Intern at Crystal

Description: For already certified divers who want to focus on the conservation & research aspects of the project.

Prerequisites: For candidates who have a minimum of Rescue Diver certification, a minimum of 60 logged dives and have been cleared for diving by a medical professional. You must be a competent diver before entering this program.

Minimum Time Commitment: 8 weeks
Program Fees: 25,000,000 IDR

Program Reviews

4.96 Rating
based on 24 reviews
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  • Growth 4.95
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.95
  • Safety 4.9
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Yes, I recommend this program

The best experience!

I had an incredible two months with project laut. I came to do my divemaster and felt supported the entire way. Everybody there made you feel so welcomed and really made the whole experience that much better.
It was so much more than just diving. We had ecology classes about turtles, corals, and Manta and rays. All of them run by Joma who was so passionate about what he does. When we did go out on dives, we’d be looking out for hawksbill turtles or helping out with the coral restoration. It was amazing to see the progress from the earlier spiders that had been there for a year and how much it was growing! On dry days we would be updating the turtle database from resent sightings.

Joma and Sita are amazing instructors who made me feel incredibly comfortable in the water. They really looked after every intern and helped us become better divers. At first I was nervous after the drift diving but I left feeling so much more confident in my diving skills and loving drift diving!

I would recommend project laut to anyone wanting to do their DM or even just get some hands on experience with some conservation projects. Not only are you in paradise with incredible dive sights, having that sense of community with everyone made it that much better. I can’t wait to go back!

  • Huge growth in diving skills
  • Passionate conservationists
  • Overall community
1 person found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Nomads should be your next stop.

First off, if you haven’t been to Bali before? Then Nomads is a great excuse to go. This little island is home to some of the best beaches and dive locations in Bali. Nomads is a place like no other, a dive shop on the beach? Life doesn’t get much better. The staff are amazing, super helpful and fun. And the program itself was life changing for me. I would highly recommend this experience to just about anyone who has a lot of love for our oceans, and even those who are wanting to learn more!!!!!

  • Travel
  • Education
  • Beautiful country
3 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A dream

When you combine an incredible place with incredible people every misunderstanding fade away. If the emotions of diving in such a place aren't already enough, you got to know amazing people from all over the world sharing the same passions. Definetly worth all the troubles encountered during the trip, particularly thanks to the other interns in my period there and to joma who always did his best to make us feel at home and guided us in Bali as well during our trips at the main island (gotta work on his fear for monkeys, but I'm sure he's getting better😉)

  • Incredible places
  • Amazing people
  • Skill building
  • Distance
  • You gotta have time
5 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Lovely experience with project laut

I spent 3 months in Nusa Penida, diving with Joma and the other members of Project Laut almost every day - we worked together on coral restoration and sea turtles protection, between beautiful corals and tropical fishes. It was a wonderful and productive time. I learned a lot about myself, my limits and strenghts as a diver. Joma teached me how to be confident underwater, giving me the instruments to become an independent divemaster.
I'll never forget the time spent together, he was my best buddy, looking forward to share with him another crazy drift dive.

4 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience doing the marine conservation internship

My experience with Project Laut was unforgettable. I spent five weeks doing the marine conservation internship (having already done my dive master) and learnt so much from the amazing staff there, as well as made lifelong friends.

Nusa Penida has such a large range of dive sites that you get to do something different every day, and I felt extremely supported in my first times experiencing strong drift, coming to love it afterwards.

Project Laut has inspired me and given me the experience needed to continue my career in marine biotechnology, and the amazing staff there made me want to do my dive instructors.

4 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Interesting marine conservation project

I stayed two months in Nusa Penida, diving every day with Nomads & assisting in the Project Laut internship. I honestly had the best time here and learned so much about marine conservation. Joma's passion for conservation and dedication to monitor the Hawksbill turtles are contagious & inspiring for any ocean advocate! I gained more knowledge in coral rehabilitation since we planted coral fragments on our spiders during shore dives. Also the ecology classes were very interesting. Can't recommend this internship enough!

  • Gaining more experience in marine conservation
  • Diving in one of the best spots in the world
  • Building a strong network of like minded people
7 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing internship

This internship was absolutely brilliant. I spent 3 months on Nusa Penida with Project Laut completing my dive master and every single day was different. I learnt so much about conservation, both coral conservation and general marine conservation from Joma who took a very holistic approach to our learning. With my background being in neuroscience, all of the marine science was completely new to me. After coral identification classes, Joma then went on to ID coral on our next few dives with me so I really understood what was being taught in the classroom. I particularly enjoyed the building of the coral spiders as it is so rewarding to then plant coral on them and watch the coral restoration process on subsequent dives. The diving in Nusa Penida was beautiful and I will be going back to complete my instructor with Nomads diving later and see the coral restoration project again. Identifying turtles on dives was always really fun and its such a privilege to see them each time. The software we use to ID the turtles was really interesting and a great skill to have learnt.

I can’t reccomend this internship enough, every aspect of it from living on a beautiful island; diving with colourful corals and making friends I know I’ll see again. Joma is a fantastic teacher and the best dive instructor I have ever met, few people have the ability to make you feel as reassured as he does on dives. This really is the best thing I have ever done and I can’t wait to go back.

  • Huge growth with diving skills and confidence
  • Personal confidence growth
  • Living on a beautiful island
10 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Project Laut is a perfect blend of conservation science and fun

After previous plans for a DM internship had fallen apart, I found Project Laut and thought this has what I’m looking for, so why not. It turned out to be better than I ever could’ve imagined, and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. I had been looking for a DMT with an ACTUAL conservation project, not just a dive shop that claimed to do more than they did. Project Laut is not only active in coral restoration, but they’re also the lead project monitoring the species of Hawksbill turtles around Penida. Everyday we are either out diving or at the shop, building coral spiders and tending to our coral garden, or updating the turtle database. Even on dive days, someone always has a GoPro to log any of turtles we may come across (which is often). You can tell how much Joma, the lead instructor, cares about the projects and his passion easily transferred to myself and the other interns.

In terms of the dive training, Joma is an incredible instructor. I started with only 9 dives, all from 3 years earlier, and was quite nervous. From the first dive I felt extremely safe and comfortable diving with him, and I’d be able to voice my nerves without thinking twice. In my 12 weeks I learned so much, and logged over 100 dives! Definitely coming out of this internship feeling confident in my diving abilities. I valued my time so much in fact that I’m continuing my training with Project Laut, starting their instructor course next week.

On top of all this, Nusa Penida is paradise, and I definitely fell in love with the island and it’s people. I’m leaving the internship with a ton more dives, some amazing new relationships, and even some welding skills :)

  • Knowledgeable and personable staff
  • Extensive and varied diving experience
  • ‘Working’ in paradise
  • Joma can be spread too thin
15 people found this review helpful.

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