Fiji Marine Conservation

From $1,445, 1 week, Fiji Trip code: FIMC

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 3 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Witnessing the beauty of Fiji's amazing marine environment- including manta rays. You might even get the chance to swim with them!
  • Experience the laid back lifestyle of paradise island living and get to grips with 'Fiji time'!
  • Immerse yourself in the culture and take part in a Kava ceremony
  • Spending your evenings at the beachfront bar sipping cocktails, watching the sunset
  • Down time at weekends- chill out on the beach, visit a nearby village or hop on a boat and explore the other paradise islands

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Live life to the full on this exciting marine conservation project in the beautiful Yasawa region of Fiji, famous for its palm tree lined beaches, sparkling white sand and crystal clear water... well someone has to do it!

 

Fiji's incredible marine environment is sadly becoming increasingly under threat. As a volunteer you'll play a huge role in protecting this environment by helping to collect vital data, observing tropical fish species and conserving the stunning coral reefs. You'll even be taking the plunge and going scuba diving to get a closer look at the underwater world where you'll be taking photos of fish species for identification.

 

Your contribution really will have an impact for years to come as you'll most importantly be helping to preserve this stunning environment for future generations to enjoy, all whilst having the time of your life on this once in a lifetime trip.


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What will I be doing?

  • How will I be involved? (1 - 4 weeks)

  • The research (1 - 4 weeks)

  • What you will be doing (1 - 4 weeks)

  • What should I expect? (1 - 4 weeks)

  • Free time (Weekends)

How will I be involved?: 1 - 4 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Fiji boasts both beautiful scenery and a warm and diverse culture. Located in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji lies between New Zealand and the equator. The capital city is Suva, one of the only two cities in Fiji; it is located on the island of Viti Levu. The Fijian archipelago is made up of over 300 islands, of which only a third are inhabited. The many islands are perfect for diving and coral reefs are plentiful in the clear blue waters. Fiji has a wealth of marine life and is home to an astonishing 4,000 square miles of reefs and 1,500 species of sea creatures.

 

Fiji is known as being one of the happiest places in the world and the Fijians are very friendly, making travellers feel welcome. Fiji has everything you could possibly want from a destination. There are no ends of exciting activities for the adventure tourist and for the beach bums there are miles and miles of beautiful sandy coastline.

  • Location: Yasawa Islands, Fiji

As a volunteer you'll be involved in a range of varied activities. Below are just some of the exciting tasks you could be getting stuck into on this program;

 

Manta Ray reseach: volunteer tasks include observing the manta rays and studying their behaviour, taking photos of them for species identification and analysing their habitat through swimming and snorkelling with them on a daily basis.

 

Education programs: all of the education programs are run by volunteers so you could definitely be getting involved with these. Tasks include assisting at awareness evenings in local villages or helping out with the marine environment awareness program in local schools. The idea of these programs is to teach locals sustainable reef practices and teach snorkelling skills

 

Coral and clam nursery: clams have a purpose which is vital to marine life and coral growth and that is they filter the water and keep it 'clean'. Your task will be to assist a nationwide program to re-introduce and disperse clams including the giant clam Tridacna gigas.

 

Reef Check Fiji: you will be observing, photographing and recording data on some of the reefs which will provide an insight into the health of the reefs. You will carry out these checks by snorkelling and scuba diving.

 

As a volunteer you will also be recording information on sharks, rays, turtles and cetaceans spotted during your stay, as well as any other species identified on the endangered lists of Fiji to support protection efforts by the Coral Reef Allowance and Fiji Fisheries.

The research: 1 - 4 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Fiji boasts both beautiful scenery and a warm and diverse culture. Located in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji lies between New Zealand and the equator. The capital city is Suva, one of the only two cities in Fiji; it is located on the island of Viti Levu. The Fijian archipelago is made up of over 300 islands, of which only a third are inhabited. The many islands are perfect for diving and coral reefs are plentiful in the clear blue waters. Fiji has a wealth of marine life and is home to an astonishing 4,000 square miles of reefs and 1,500 species of sea creatures.

  • Location: Yasawa Islands, Fiji

The project is based in the stunning Yasawa region of Fiji and is working to resolve some major conservation issues in order to project Fiji's incredible marine environment. A lot of the work is research based and involves collecting data by observing manta rays, reef health checks and habitat mapping. The data that is collected by the project is then passed on to nationwide and global organisations such as, Fiji Fisheries, Manta Trust and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.

 

The project is also dedicated to working with the local communities and runs an education teaching program to teach local people about sustainable reef practices. These comprise of awareness evenings in villages and weekly marine and environment awareness programs in local schools.

What you will be doing: 1 - 4 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Fiji boasts both beautiful scenery and a warm and diverse culture. Located in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji lies between New Zealand and the equator. The capital city is Suva, one of the only two cities in Fiji; it is located on the island of Viti Levu. The Fijian archipelago is made up of over 300 islands, of which only a third are inhabited. The many islands are perfect for diving and coral reefs are plentiful in the clear blue waters. Fiji has a wealth of marine life and is home to an astonishing 4,000 square miles of reefs and 1,500 species of sea creatures.

  • Location: Yasawa Islands, Fiji

This is the perfect project for those who want to escape to a paradise island whilst helping out with vital marine conservation work in the Yasawa region of Fiji.

 

Your activities will be quite varied and you will be getting stuck into a number of tasks. Your activities could include: learning about reef check target species, taking photos of fish for species identification and updating data. You'll also be working within the local community and teaching the locals about sustainable reef practices.

 

Please note: to take part in the program you must hold a recent PADI Open Water Level scuba diving certificate.

 

Never dived before? Not a problem. You can add on our Fiji Scuba Diving Course to the start of your trip- this is a great opportunity for you to learn a new skill and go home with a PADI qualification!

What should I expect?: 1 - 4 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Fiji boasts both beautiful scenery and a warm and diverse culture. Located in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji lies between New Zealand and the equator. The capital city is Suva, one of the only two cities in Fiji; it is located on the island of Viti Levu. The Fijian archipelago is made up of over 300 islands, of which only a third are inhabited. The many islands are perfect for diving and coral reefs are plentiful in the clear blue waters. Fiji has a wealth of marine life and is home to an astonishing 4,000 square miles of reefs and 1,500 species of sea creatures.

  • Location: Yasawa Islands, Fiji

Be prepared to be mesmerised by your beautiful surroundings- you'll definitely have a hard time finding a more spectacular location to live and work in!

 

The Yasawa Islands are considered to be Fiji's most stunning and it's clear to see why, with picture postcard palm tree lined beaches, sparkling white sand and crystal clear water. You'll be staying in traditional Fijian 'bures' (wood and straw houses) on the stunning Drawqa Island, just seconds from the beach so expect to be drifting off to sleep with the sound of the waves lapping! The resort actually has three beaches in total so take your pick of tanning spots! 

 

Your day will begin early (...sorry, no lie in!) when you'll be up in time to witness the gorgeous sunrise. You'll be provded with breakfast then you'll hop onto a boat and sail away to the volunteering base where you'll be working for the day.

A typical days volunteering will end mid-afternoon when you'll be transferred back to the accommodation where you'll have time to relax before an evening debrief. Then just sit back, relax and wait for the resort's own chef to serve your dinner- the perfect chance to sample Fiji's finest cuisine! The evenings are normally very chilled out with most people hanging out at the waterfront bar. There is also regular evening entertainment organised by the resort to give you a better insight into the rich Fijian culture, from fire dancing displays to kava ceremonies and traditional Fijian songs and music.

Free time: Weekends

Destination info

Fiji boasts both beautiful scenery and a warm and diverse culture. Located in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji lies between New Zealand and the equator. The capital city is Suva, one of the only two cities in Fiji; it is located on the island of Viti Levu. The Fijian archipelago is made up of over 300 islands, of which only one third are inhabited. The many islands are perfect for diving and coral reefs are plentiful in the clear blue waters. Fiji has a wealth of marine life and is home to an astonishing 4,000 square miles of reefs and 1,500 species of sea creatures.

  • Location: Yasawa Islands

It's not all work and no play on this project. Weekends are your free time to spend as you choose and you certainly won't be short of activities. If you're not too tired from your volunteering and you're ready for adventure then why not go trekking or kayaking? Or if you want to get away from the accommodation you can hop on a boat and explore the nearby islands. If you want to experience more of the local culture then the staff at the accommodation can arrange visits to a local village.

 

Tired from all your hard work volunteering? There are plenty of tranquil spots around the resort for you to relax and chill out. Swing in a hammock or bask in the sun on the beach.

 

Want to see more of this incredible country? Why not extend your Fijian adventure and add the Fiji Experience Bus Pass onto the end of your volunteering?

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What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Orientation on arrival
  • Internal boat transfers
  • Airport transfer on arrival date
  • 24hr emergency help and support

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Health and travel insurance which must cover you for scuba diving
  • Return airport transfer
  • Any necessary visas
  • PADI open water level certificate diving course

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 17

 

Accommodation

During your stay in the remote Yasawa region you’ll be staying in a beautiful resort on Drawaqa Island in a room with your fellow volunteers (only 4 people per room). The dorms are traditional Fijian bures (wood and straw houses) set amongst trees just back from the beach so expect to drift off to sleep with the sound of the waves lapping! There are simple shared bathroom facilities in the centre of the resort.

 

The hostel offers beachside accommodation with simple facilities reflecting the environmentally friendly nature of the resort. There is a waterfront bar area right on the beach for you to relax and socialise with your fellow volunteers after the day’s work and if you’re looking to relax there are hammocks across the island. There is no chance of being bored at weekends either as countless activities can be arranged by staff such as kayaking, trekking and even manta ray swims.

 

Meals

All meals are included throughout the programme. Your accommodation has its very own chef who will prepare your meals for you giving you the perfect chance to sample Fiji's finest cuisine!

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

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