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Fiji Marine Research & Conservation

  • 8Day(s)
  • Trip Code: STNANMAR

Nestled in the serene Yasawa Islands, this location is the postcard-perfect backdrop to a vital marine research and conservation project. Here, you will play an active role with a local dive company, snorkelling and diving the depths of the South Pacific to carry out important research on food gathering areas and reefs surrounding the villages.

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Introduction

Fiji, a nation of islands, is abundant with marine life. Fiji comprises of over 300 islands and 4,000 square miles of reefs, home to 1,500 species of sea life. But the fragile marine environment is threatened by many factors. Action needs to be taken to preserve the marine environment for the future. The marine volunteer base in the Yasawa Islands is carrying out vital research and submitting data to Manta Trust, Fiji Fisheries, University of South Pacific, Marine Ecology Fiji and Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network. They are also running sustainability awareness and planning workshops with the Yasawa communities on the topics of marine conservation. Please note volunteers must be a certified SSI or PADI diver - Open Water Level (a diving course can be easily booked additionally). All volunteers will have to arrive the day before for a compulsory welcome briefing meeting.

Day 1 - Nadi to Yasawa Islands

You will depart Port Denarau and cruise up to the Yasawa Islands where you are welcomed by the Program Managers and resort staff. There will be an intensive Volunteer Briefing and you will have the chance to meet other volunteers on the project. Free time to settle into your bure and the island

Day 2 to 7 - On the project

All Volunteer programs are based on a Saturday to Saturday week-long stay. Saturday and Sunday are spent at leisure. A typical day will begin with an early breakfast at around 6.30am, followed by a 30 to 60 minute longboat transfer from the base to where you`ll be working (note: on the rare occasion of rough sea conditions, we will not be able to run transfers due to safety reasons. Volunteers will have to remain at Basecamp for the day and an alternative project for the day will be arranged). Lunch is either provided by the village or taken with you from base, depending on the day`s activities. You will generally heading for base around 3.00pm in the afternoon, in time to have a shower and attend a debriefing on the day's achievements and planning for the next day, before you enjoy an evening meal with other volunteers and resort guests from around 7pm. Participating in this program you will be involved in one of or several projects like Manta Ray Research, observing reefs, track and monitor new species and much more. Additionally you will assist the educational program through teaching sustainable reef practices and teaching snorkelling skills. Participants will also record information on sharks, rays, turtles and cetaceans spotted during their stay and also periodically other species identified on the endangered lists of Fiji to support protection efforts by the Coral Reef Allowance and Fiji Fisheries Working in the sun and heat of Fiji can be very tiresome and most volunteers retire to bed early to get a good night's rest before the next adventure begins! Saturdays and Sundays are for leisure and the Yasawa`s many charms provide a multitude of opportunities to experience the culture and traditional ceremonies at Fijian villages, dive or snorkel the beautiful reefs in stunning remote island locations, relax and enjoy tropical white sandy beaches, explore caves and bush walking, climbing volcanic mountains or cruising to nearby islands…. the list is endless and allows you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Fijian way of life. Sunday is typically a day of rest in Fiji so supervised activities are limited, but volunteers are always welcome to attend the traditional Village Church Service - generally a very moving experience. After your week/s of volunteering relaxation is big in Fiji, but if you're in the mood there are incredible activities available throughout the Yasawas including hiking, some of the world's best snorkelling and diving, local villages to visit, cultural activities, hand-line fishing, visits to caves… even swimming with manta rays depending on the season!

DAy 8

Time to say good bye and transfer back to Nadi. Hopefully you have booked more weeks and can stay longer on this amazing project.

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  • TRIP NAME: FIJI MARINE RESEARCH & CONSERVATION
  • DURATION: 8 DAYS
  • FROM PRICE: POA
  • TRIP CODE: STNANMAR
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  • Trip Style: Volunteer
  • Physical Demands: You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.

What's included?

24 hour emergency phone
Arrival orientation
Long term experienced staff
Safe and basic accommodations (dormitory as standard)
Welcome meeting
All meals prepared and provided by resort or village
Location and cultural orientation
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
A small donation to the project is included in the price
24 hour in-country support
Transfer from/to Port Denarau to Base Location
Construction techniques training
Community work workshop
Construction materials
Donation
Dive equipment

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