Thailand marine conservation and diving vacation

A two- to eight-week marine conservation volunteering trip, contributing to an established project on Koh Phangan Island and staying in self-catering accommodation in the leafy grounds of the research center. Do your PADI first for an additional cost.
Koh Phangan Island, Thailand Marine conservation volunteering PADI diving course Underwater photography Coral studies Data collection On site self catering accommodation Marine conservation training Airport transfers
US $1900 excluding flights
14 Days
Tailor made
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PADI costs $465 if you do not already have a qualification.
You can stay for up to 12 weeks, with additional 2 week blocks.
Huge discount for 6,8,10 or 12 week internships.
Inquire for more information.
Includes transfer, training & accommodation.
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Description of Thailand marine conservation and diving vacation

Price information

US $1900 excluding flights
PADI costs $465 if you do not already have a qualification.
You can stay for up to 12 weeks, with additional 2 week blocks.
Huge discount for 6,8,10 or 12 week internships.
Inquire for more information.
Includes transfer, training & accommodation.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This project can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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Vacation information

We are committed to taking care of the environment, both in our office in the UK and on our projects around the world. We are proud to say that we are working hard to eliminate the use of single use plastics on our marine conservation and diving project in Thailand. Volunteers are made aware that we encourage as little single use plastic as possible on our projects, and we are currently writing a guide for how to travel with as little single use plastic as possible. This will be made available to all travelers.
Volunteers are given cloth bags for shopping purposes
We no longer provide cling film or sandwich bags in the accommodation. Instead, we have purchased reusable tupperware containers. Tupperware containers are also provided if volunteers choose to buy takeaway food.
No single use plastic products are bought for volunteer use eg there are no shampoos, soaps or other such items in plastic bottles or sachets. Our no single use plastics guide will provide advice on this.
We ask all volunteers to bring their own water bottles from home, to discourage the buying of bottled water on a daily basis. We request that volunteers do not buy single plastic water bottles. This is communicated pre-departure and once in-country. Clean drinking water is provided. Alternatively, we also sell reusable stainless steel bottles which can be filled up for free in approximately 50 refill stations on the island. Volunteers fill up their water bottles from the clean water tank before they leave the project site.
The project operates a no Styrofoam, no single use plastic honesty policy. As part of the induction, staff encourage volunteers to calculate their eco-footprint, and how we can work together to reduce that by reducing plastic waste.
Volunteers also clean up the reefs whilst diving, removing any plastic from them and disposing of it appropriately as well as helping with beach clean ups to dispose of any litter appropriately.
Change making:
As a result of this campaign led by Responsible Travel, we got in touch with the supplier who handles our t-shirt distribution to talk about packaging. They used to send out all our T-shirts in a plastic envelope - upon our suggestion they have agreed to stop putting the t-shirts in plastic wallets and use paper instead for safe transportation.
US pricing:
The currency converter above works on todays exchange rate. We do take bookings in USD but the price is set at a rate confirmed months in advance and is typically above the current exchange rate. Please inquire for details.


Accessible overview:
There are challenges associated with volunteer travel, and these can make accessible travel difficult. However, we are very keen to chat with travelers with specific needs to see if we can make a trip possible.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


Research and conservation of coral and fish are the primary aims of this project. All of the research gathered on the project is fed into an international database, from which many studies are initiated. The project works with researchers from universities worldwide, working together to understand in more detail the destruction of the coral reef and how to reverse this trend. Regular beach clean ups are also run, so that any litter or rubbish left is cleaned up quickly and not allowed to pollute the sea, thus damaging marine life.

Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travelers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.

We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.


Meeting local needs
Volunteers live and work as a member of the local community. This is a small community, located off the traditionally trodden tourist trails, and so bringing volunteers to this area really benefits the local population. Food is bought from local markets and restaurants, trips are all sourced locally and local transport is used when needed.

Campaigning for change
A project has been launched to research different types of sail rock under the sea at this project. When enough data has been gathered, this means that it will be listed and acknowledged within the Thailand Conservation Framework.

Volunteering and charity
Whilst the majority of the costs go towards paying for the project, a generous donation is given towards the research and improving the conservation effort.

Cultural sensitivity
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in rural Thailand.

We send restricted numbers of people at any one time, which minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination. Our participants become fully immersed and integrated into the community.

All of our participants receive comprehensive pre-departure briefing. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation.

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