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Group Size: Avg 10
Trip code: FIMC
Duration: 1 - 3 weeks
Immerse yourself in the local culture and magic of Fiji on this unique marine conservation volunteer project. Go right off the beaten track to the idyllic location of the Yasawa Islands and experience the real Fiji. Discover an amazing underwater world as you scuba dive and snorkel from beautiful beaches, helping to protect manta ray, clams and coral reefs as you get up close to some amazing marine life.
Spend up to four weeks in fabulous Fiji as a marine conservation volunteer on the idyllic Yasawa Islands. Go off the beaten track in Fiji for a full immersion in Fijian culture, help conserve the marine environment with vital research and monitoring, dive and snorkel in azure seas and make memories which will last a lifetime!
Arrival & Transfer to the Yasawa Islands
Welcome to Fiji! Arrive into Nadi International Airport on a Friday, where you will be met and transferred to your Nadi accommodation for your first night in Fiji. Please arrive in time for a 6pm welcome meeting. Relax, soak up the sun and get tuned in to ‘Fiji time’. The following morning you will start the day with a tasty breakfast before hopping on board a boat for the 3-hour journey through sensational island scenery to your volunteer destination – the gorgeous Yasawa Islands.
About the Yasawa Islands
The remote paradise of Fiji’s stunning, volcanic Yasawa Islands will be your base for your unforgettable marine conservation volunteering experience. This chain of 20 idyllic islands boasts pristine white sand beaches, dramatic landscapes and crystal-clear lagoons, including the famous Blue Lagoon. This beautiful spot is the perfect place in which to discover the real Fiji and make a difference to the amazing marine world which surrounds this idyllic spot.
This volunteer experience requires you to regularly take part in both snorkelling and scuba diving expeditions, and as such you need to be qualified to scuba dive to at least to PADI Open Water Level. All dive and snorkel gear is included. This programme offers an incredible opportunity to explore a breathtaking underwater world in the wonderful waters which surround Fiji’s fantastic Yasawa Islands.
If you do not have your PADI Open Water qualification, there are a variety of excellent dive courses available in Fiji. Courses cost between FJD800-950 and can be arranged at time of booking. Please let your travel adviser know if you would like to organise a dive course. The cost of the course will be paid locally.
About the Marine Conservation Volunteering Project
Based on the beautiful Yasawa Islands, volunteers will make a valuable contribution to the conservation of the local marine habitat during their stay. By collecting important data for research purposes, you will be assisting in the protection of endangered marine life in the area as well as helping to educate the local community about the importance of marine conservation. Programmes volunteers will get involved in include:
A Typical Day
6.30a.m: Breakfast, followed by a 30-60 minute longboat transfer to the marine conservation project sites
3.00p.m: Longboat transfer back to your accommodation
Debriefing & planning session
7.00p.m: Dinner and free evening
Please note: Your trip ends on a Saturday and you will be transferred back to Nadi for around 6pm (times may vary). Please do not book your return flight until the Sunday afternoon.
Saturdays and Sundays are free days for you to relax and enjoy all the wonders of Fiji! Get cultural by visiting local Fijian villages or attending a traditional ceremony, enjoy some more diving or snorkelling among the beautiful underwater reefs, bask in the sun on tropical white sand beaches, go bush walking, climb volcanic mountains, join a cruise to nearby islands, visit caves or attend the local village service on a Sunday – a moving and cultural experience. All extra activities are at your own cost.
All volunteers on this programme are required to make a mandatory local donation to support the local projects. This donation is not included in the trip cost but it provides vital funding for materials and resources. Depending on your programme duration, the donation you will be asked to make will usually be between FJD200-FJD400. You will soon become immersed in life on the islands so you’ll be able to see for yourself where you money really goes to make a difference!
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