• Grenada
    • Carriacou
2 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Short Term Summer Year Round
Travel Type
Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
Join us as a certified Advanced Adventure Diver (or equivalent) with a minimum of 15 logged dives for at least a 2-week marine conservation program and step right into one of our exciting science and education projects. You have never dived before, or don't have the minimum experience? That's not a problem, join us for Training Week for an additional $650 and we'll provide you with all your dive training.

While you are here you'll participate in up to 4 different conservation projects. Self-catering accommodation can be arranged for you or is available with our local partner hotel, where you'll have breakfast and an evening meal every day. Accommodation is at additional cost depending on options.

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What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Equipment Some Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Some Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Visa
Mar 23, 2023
May 24, 2023
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About Program

Do you want to make a real difference in the world? Join Caribbean Reef Buddy as a volunteer and help protect the beautiful marine life of the Caribbean. Work alongside experienced professionals and gain hands-on experience in marine conservation.

Explore some of the world's most vibrant coral reefs and see marine life up close. But being a volunteer with Caribbean Reef Buddy is about more than just an adventure. It's about forming lasting connections with like-minded people, discovering new strengths, and making a tangible impact on the world.

Give back and experience the rewards of marine conservation with Caribbean Reef Buddy.

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Program Highlights

  • Learn to SCUBA dive, or advance your diving qualifications.
  • Predator Week: Learn to spearfish to remove this destructive invasive species that is destroying native coral reef ecosystems. Using BRUVS we can explore our marine environment to discover the species and prevalence of apex predators
  • Marine Conservation Education: Discover how little changes you can do in everyday life can help protect our oceans and reefs
  • Macroinvertebrates & Underwater Photography: Learn or improve your underwater photography skills while discovering the world of macroinvertebrates.
  • Biodiversity Identification Dives: Increase your knowledge and understanding of reef ecosystems and learn about coral reefs and marine animals through ID dives

Program Impact

To date, we've increased awareness of Lionfish as a sustainable food source into the local community. We increased the awareness of the importance of herbivore fish on the reef (like Parrot and Surgeonfish) which are now fished less. We have involved community members in the development of a new coral nursery, which is increasing the understanding of threats to our reef ecosystem.

Each project we are involved in has a direct impact on the local community as we provide data and information which allows the local community to make better-informed decisions regarding coastal zone and fisheries management.

Program Reviews

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  • Impact 4.85
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.95
  • Value 4.95
  • Safety 4.95
  • Growth 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Caribbean Reef Buddy with Deefer Diving: Experience in Carriacou

The work I got to do with Caribbean Reef Buddy, volunteering on the coral reef and helping to identify coral species was truly special. The diving instructors at Deefer Diving were incredibly knowledgeable and supportive throughout all of the training and they provided a lot of one-on-one instruction, even in a group setting. In my spare time, I also hiked on the island which was amazing and everyone I met was very welcoming. I really benefited from the experience and I'd recommend the program to people of any age with an interest in adventure.

  • Great learning experience
  • Amazing people
  • Beautiful views
2 people found this review helpful.
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Excellent Caribbean SCUBA programming

This is my fourth year bringing college students down for dive training. This year, we also included a project week wherein students applied all of their new skills in a reef monitoring and coral out-planting research. Staff here have always been very accommodating of various skill levels and interests of participants and provide flexibility in our programming. We are super excited to partner with them on this new research project. Additionally, their staff have an excellent understanding of the social, economic, and environmental interplay in coral reef management, educational outreach, and enhancement projects.
In addition to diving and project work, staff organize weekly social events and can also provide guidance on additional recreational activities including hikes, snorkeling, kayaking, and more. Five Stars!

  • Guest house close to dive shop. .
  • Lots of great dive sites.
  • Training AND conservation work.
  • The shop is closed on Sundays.
3 people found this review helpful.
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Caribbean Reef Buddy

My experience was great! Though at the beginning I was a bit hesitant to get in the water and do the training activities once I was doing them it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The staff here are really supportive and are willing to accommodate for any needs people had. They are willing to work at your own pace while still pushing you to do your best. After all the training was complete I felt more comfortable diving and it made the experience more enjoyable. The dive sites are really cool as well. There are many different locations not too far away from the shop. I would recommend this dive shop to people, it was a great experience and I wish to come back.

  • supportive environment
  • interesting research
  • A lot of dive time
  • Compact schedule oin the mornings
  • large diving groups (depends)
3 people found this review helpful.
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Deefer Diving/Caribbean Reef Buddy Volunteering

The team at Deefer Diving made learning how scuba dive fun and exciting. As a new comer, having kind, knowledgeable and confident instructors made the process easy. They answer all questions with enthusiasm. Their goal is to help people reach theirs. Not only was diving a fantastic experience, but the location of Carriacou was perfect. The work being done with the reefs in the area was extremely interesting to those have a knack for marine sciences.
If you have ever wanted to scuba dive, this is a great team to start with.

2 people found this review helpful.
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Experience of a lifetime in Carriacou

The staff at Deefer Diving are absolutely phenominal. They are patient, understanding, incredibly safe, knowledgable, and they're so much fun. We had a fairly large group, and they were able to accommodate eveybody's specialized needs and skill levels. They gave great recommendations for adventures to explore outside of diving as well. This was truly the experience of a lifetime, and I could not recommend them enough! Thank you to all of the staff at Deefer Diving for giving your 110% every single day. Your hard work and dedication is seen and appreciated.

3 people found this review helpful.
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Carribean Reef Buddy Review - JChirico

This was a life-changing experience. The crew at CRB provided a mix of fun and education that was an amazing basis to learn and become certified as an advanced open-water diver. The fact that we were able to help with a research project only made the entire experience more enjoyable. I am forever changed by this experience and plan to revisit the great people at Deefer Diver. I had moderate expectations for this trip with the school and will preach to anyone interested in participating in the future. I can not say thank you enough but here goes

Thank you all,

Jason Chirico

  • Amazing staff
  • An enjoyable experience when creating a positive environmental impact
  • Diver certification
  • Please make the powerpoint slides available in advance
3 people found this review helpful.
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What a program! What an experience!

I felt 8 weeks wasn't enough, so decided to stay for another 8 weeks to gain some experience... It turned out to be the best decision I've made in my life!
Caribbean Reef Buddy not only gave be the training and knowledge I needed to be a better diver and love the ocean, but it also opened a door for me to choose a new life style into becoming a Dive Instructor.
The team at CRB and Deefer are highly professional, knowledgeable, courteous and fun, which makes you feel amongst family and friends.
The underwater sceneries are mesmerizing, which makes Carriacou one of the best diving locations in the world.
But what I've loved the most, by far, was getting new dive buddies from different places in the world and also be able to experience the Caribbean culture.

  • All the new information you learn, marine conservation related.
  • Improving your dive skills.
  • Amazing fun underwater and on land, Carriacou is a gem!
  • Gets cold and rainy during hurricane season.
  • The program is intense, so you feel drained at times.
39 people found this review helpful.
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Summer of a lifetime

I came to Carriacou in hopes to work with Caribbean Reef Buddy for 2 months, but ended up staying for double that! Their EcoDivemaster allowed me to not just develop professionally within diving, but also personally. CRB then allowed me to intern, learning more about our underwater world and the day to day activities of a dive shop. It gave me insight and knowledge I couldn’t get elsewhere.

The staff are so welcoming and friendly. They’re there to help you with whatever you need whenever you need. Their experience is beyond amazing, it’s so special waking up everyday knowing you’re going to see something you’ve never seen and learn something you’ve never heard about.

Safe to say, I definitely made lifelong friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Social activity’s every weekend, so much fun!
  • New experiences daily, never a dull moment
  • Lifelong friends and memories
  • Mosquitos
  • Training weeks can be intense and exhausting
33 people found this review helpful.

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