Location
  • Fiji

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Starting Price
$2,000 USD
Price Details
Reef Check Eco Diver course and certification.
PADI Coral Reef Health Surveyor & PADI CoralWatch Coral Health Chart Distinctive Specialties.
SCUBA Equipment.
Accommodation, meals, airport and island transfers.
Jul 24, 2018
Apr 02, 2015

About Program

Get certified to PADI Advanced Open Water level and become a globally recognised Reef Check Eco Diver and more!

We believe in contributing to the global movement to protect our oceans and work with established agencies to deliver high quality coral reef monitoring training. The data collected by volunteers goes directly to global, regional and local groups to increase understanding of our fragile coral reefs.

Immerse yourself in Fijian culture as we work together with local villages to raise awareness of environmental challenges and provide scientific support for Marine Protected Area monitoring programs. Indulge in exciting water-sports or relax and snorkel on the stunning beaches and coral reefs of Nananu-i-ra, off the northern coast of Viti Levu, the main island of Fiji.

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Florence
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Yes, I recommend this program

Life as a Marine Science Intern with Waitui Conservation

Set in a stunning location I will remember my days at Waitui forever. Every day we followed the same schedule. Breakfast was followed by land based study. This included writing up maps, evaluating data collected on the health of the reef such as evidence of storm damage, bleaching etc. In addition, we made protected species lists to educate others on safe fishing practices and ecotourism. Logging fish and coral species (hard and soft) for our species inventory lists as well as mapping potential survey sites for collecting more data.
I learnt so much about coral reef health, managing local marine protected areas, working with the community and of course meeting great people and making friends for life! After lunch, the afternoons were spent diving in the pristine waters surrounding our little island. Not only do you have unlimited diving access to some of the most marine rich waters in the world but you get to make a difference and collect data where none has been collected before.
At the end of each day no where is more perfect than Nananu-I-Ra to just relax. This is where the social aspect of island life comes in with a few cold beers, hammocks, music, dinner, traditional Fijian 'Kava' ceremonies and much more!
The island is remote, 20 mins from the mainland by boat with no shops. Internet is possible and does work on the island (although it can go down during storms). Some people may find this hard at first but after a couple of weeks you will be enchanted by the island, by the way of life and in the end you may never want to leave at all!

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