Great Barrier Reef Marine Conservation Program from Cairns, Australia
From: 2.050,00 €
Travel to the Great Barrier Reef and become a Marine Conservation Volunteer. We present activities with a high commitment to environmental sustainability, to offer a unique volunteer opportunity for marine conservation. Spend your volunteer vacation in Cairns and enjoy our 13-day program that combines the adventure of diving with marine conservation in the Great Barrier Reef.
- Accommodation at Gilligans Backpacker Resort (or similar):
- Options 1 – 3: 9 nights dorm accommodation
- Meals as noted in the program (B,L,D).
- 2-hour Reef Teach educational session.
- Dive course as stipulated in options 1 – 3. All dive courses include 3 day/ 2 night live aboard reef trip.
- 4 x day trips on Passions of Paradise with a dedicated reef conservation guide doing Eye on the Reef – Rapid Monitoring and other Marine Conservation tasks
- Project AWARE Specialist Card (all participants).
- Number of dives:
- Open Water Course + Passions of Paradise: 17 dives on the Great Barrier Reef (pending weather conditions)
- Advanced Open Water Course/ Nitrox + Passions of Paradise: 19 dives on the Great Barrier Reef (pending weather conditions)
- Rescue Course + Passions of Paradise: 19 dives on the Great Barrier Reef (pending weather conditions. Rescue Course is subject to availability)
- Day trip to Fitzroy Island and visit at the turtle hospital, with hands-on activities (subject to availability on the day).
- Conservation program participant certificate and t-shirt.
- Tour coordination and assistance by No Limit Adventures.
- Option 1: 2050 €/person
(The full 12-day program incl.: Open Water or Advanced Open Water Dive Course or Nitrox).
- Option 2: 2123 €/person
(The full 12-day program incl.: Advanced Open Water Dive Course and Nitrox).
- Option 3: 2135 €/person
(The full 12-day program incl.: Rescue Diver Course).
This unique dive and marine conservation program, comes under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) powerful monitoring program called Eye on the Reef. It is designed for people interested in scuba diving, volunteering, environmental sustainability and marine conservation.
Marine Conservation program start dates (based on min. 4 pax):
- From 13 to 24 Feb (2019)
- From 03 to 14 Apr (2019)
- From 01 to 12 May (2019)
- From 16 to 05 Jun (2019)
- From 17 to 28 Jul (2019)
- From 14 to 25 Aug (2019)
- From 11 to 22 Sept (2019)
- From 09 to 20 Oct (2019)
- From 04 to 15 Dec (2019)
Day 1 Welcome to Cairns (Wednesday)
Arrive to tropical Cairns and transfer to you hostel. Enjoy your day discovering Cairns by foot. Points of interest include a stroll along the Esplanade, the Botanic Gardens, a swim in the Lagoon, the port and the CBD. Group briefing late afternoon/ early evening at a time TBA.
In the evening you will attend the Reef Teach presentation (18:30), an insight into the magical world of the coral reef and a great theoretical introduction to the underwater world for your upcoming diving adventure.
Note: Participants should arrive at the hostel by 16:00 in time for the briefing. Briefing time to be confirmed by your local host.
Day 2 – 3 Open Water Course – Training Center (Open Water Students only)
Over the next 2 days you will do the first part of your scuba diving adventure. Get picked up by the dive school early morning and transfer to the training center, where you will commence your theory on scuba diving with your qualified instructor. Put all the theory into use in the pool during your practical sessions where all your underwater skills are honed under the watchful eyes of your instructors. After lunch on day 3 it is time for your theory test and a briefing of the upcoming days out on the Great Barrier Reef. Transfer back to the hostel late afternoon each day. (B)
Note: days 2 – 3 Open Water students only. Free time for all other participants.
Rescue Divers: your course commences on day 3 at the training centre with theory. Travel to the Great Barrier Reef on day 4 and complete your course over the next 3 days.
Day 4 – 6 Great Barrier Reef (Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Nitrox, Rescue courses *)
Depart early morning on day 4 on your Great Barrier Reef dive adventure. All participants will complete their respective courses over the next three days. Once you arrive on the Great Barrier Reef begin exploring the underwater world on this magnificent natural wonder. Return to Cairns late afternoon on day 6. Transfer to your hostel and free time. (B,L,D*)
Note: Advanced Open Water, Nitrox and Rescue students will do their respective courses during this trip. Certified divers have the option of doing a live aboard trip incl. 10 recreational dives.
*No dinner on day 6.
Day 7 – 10 Great Barrier Reef Day trip – Reef Conservation tasks
Over the next 4 days you will be onboard Passions of Paradise, a locally owned premier operator promoting sustainable day trips to the Great Barrier Reef to enhance your marine conservation experience. Under the guidance of your designated Eco-guide you will undertake a selection of activities each day while diving (2 x dives per day), being Rapid Monitoring surveys and a species count to be entered into Great Barrier Reef Marine Park’s Eye on the Reef Sighting’s Network (number of activities could vary depending on conditions). Optionally you may also carry out Coral Watch surveys while snorkelling. As a PADI dive centre, Passions of Paradise has the ability to offer divers and snorkelers special recognition for their conservation efforts during your conservation experience. Utilising the Project AWARE foundation, you will receive a certificate of recognition for your contributions to protecting the world’s marine environment with an AWARE Coral Reef Conservation recognition and/or a Project AWARE Specialist recognition. Each day you will need to check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal by 0730am and return to Cairns late afternoon. Free time each afternoon. (B,L)
Day 11 Fitzroy Island
This morning you transfer by ferry to Fitzroy Island, 45 minutes from Cairns, where you will meet the volunteers working at the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on the island. You will learn about the work done by this organization, meet some of the patients and, possibly, go behind the scenes to lend a helping hand. Tasks may include feeding turtles, cleaning tanks as well as a beach clean up. Return to Cairns at midday or alternatively stay on the island for the afternoon. If the latter enjoy free time. Do one of the walks on the island, relax on the beach or swim and snorkel. The afternoon ferry returns to Cairns approx. 17:45. Group de-brief in the evening. (B)
Note: amount of tasks and the opportunity to do hands-on work at the Turtle Rehab Centre are subject to number of volunteers present at the centre on the day.
Day 12 Cairns (Sunday)
Today is the end of your tour. Check out and transfer to the airport for your onward or homeward journey. Safe Travels! (B)