FIJI - Advanced Scuba and Conservation

Dive in crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific while assisting with research which will aid the local management of marine protected areas. Contribute to national efforts to conserve Fiji’s delicate coral reefs and marine ecosystems while living on GVI’s research base on the stunning Caqalai Island. Travel to idyllic traditional Fijian villages. Gain your PADI Advanced Open Water qualification and contribute towards tangible, long-term community benefits.

Duration: 28 Days (27 Nights) – Longer options available

Location: Caqalai, Fiji


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Experience Highlights:

  • Learn new scuba diving skills by taking your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver courses.
  • Conduct underwater surveys in the warm, turquoise waters of the Pacific. Discover a myriad of fascinating marine creatures to study.
  • Enjoy island hopping to remote locations, snorkelling, white beaches, climbing volcanic mountains and breathtaking scenery.
  • Enjoy a cultural immersion in the Fijian way of life. Get to know the local community, traditional ceremonies in idyllic traditional Fijian villages and learn to speak Fijian.
  • Teach children about environmental conservation during weekly school visits.
  • Assist in the creation of coral farms.


A typical Advanced PADI and Marine Conservation Experience:

  • You will first complete a training phase where you will learn to accurately identify locally targeted fish, invertebrate or coral species. Training will involve snorkel and dive point outs, as well as learning benthic, fish, coral and invertebrate species.
  • Once fully trained in species ID, Explorers will be taught several survey techniques allowing them to become a member of the data collection survey team building an inventory of marine species in Moturiki waters.
  • Depending on the weather conditions we aim for everyone to have 1 or 2 dives/snorkels from Monday to Friday.
  • You will have the chance to assist in the delivering of lessons focused on environmental awareness in two schools on Moturiki Island.
  • You should also expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education session or alternative income training. This is dependent on the locals and the project needs. You will also be required to complete base duties.
  • Weekends are usually yours to rest up and relax, or perhaps even explore some of the surrounding area.
  • You will stay on GVI’s Caqalai Island base in basic dormitory accommodation with your fellow volunteers with a communal kitchen, living and work area.


NB: It is compulsory for Explorers attending this Experience to have their PADI Open Water certification. For non-divers wishing to attend, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.


Experience Fee Includes:

  • 24-hour emergency phone in-country support.
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts.
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated).
  • All necessary project equipment and materials.
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff.
  • Community work workshop.
  • Coral reef ecology.
  • Diving compressor training workshop.
  • First Aid & CPR training.
  • Location orientation.
  • Long term experienced staff.
  • Meals while on project.
  • PADI Advanced Open Water.
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality.
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared).
  • Transfer to base location.
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop.
  • Welcome meeting.


Experience Fee Excludes:

  • Additional drinks and gratuities.
  • Extra local excursions.
  • Flights.
  • International and domestic airport taxes.
  • Medical and travel insurance.
  • Personal dive kit, e.g. mask, fins, wetsuit, timer etc.
  • Personal kit.
  • Police or background check (where necessary).
  • Visa costs.


  • 04 May – 31 May 2019
  • 01 June – 28 June 2019
  • 29 June – 26 July 2019
  • 27 July – 23 August 2019
  • 24 August – 20 September 2019
  • 21 September – 18 October 2019
  • 19 October – 15 November 2019
  • 16 November – 13 December 2019
  • 11 January – 07 February 2020
  • 08 February – 06 March 2020
  • 07 March – 03 April 2020
  • 04 April – 01 May 2020
  • 02 May – 29 May 2020
  • 30 May – 26 June 2020
  • 27 June – 24 July 2020
  • 25 July – 21 August 2020
  • 22 August – 18 September 2020
  • 19 September – 16 October 2020
  • 17 October – 13 November 2020
  • 14 November – 11 December 2020

Required Documents

  • Personal Details – Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Nationality.
  • PADI Open Water Certification.
  • PADI Medical Form.
  • Medical Form – to be signed by doctor if volunteer has illnesses to declare.
  • Clear criminal background check.
  • Documents for Fiji Visa (certified CRB, certified passport copy, flight schedule & CV).

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