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Marine Conservation & Research in Seychelles

Marine Conservation & Research in Seychelles

SCUBA dive and join marine research projects in one of the world`s most pristine environments
Trip rating 10.0/10 from 1 trip review  |  Operator rating 9.6/10 from 8 trip reviews
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Price: GBP 1,950 per person
Type: Volunteer Project
Duration: 28 days
Country: Seychelles
Persons: minimum (16)  maximum (24)
Accommodation: Lodge
Activities: Scuba Diving, Volunteer Project
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Marine Conservation & Research in Seychelles

We have been invited by the Seychelles government and local NGO's, to assist their priority biological study and conservation programmes, coral reef research, whale shark migration, turtle nesting research, and in water turtle, octopus and lobster surveys.

As an expedition member joining the team, you will spend your time diving upon the coral reef, collecting characterisation and monitoring identification and abundance data on invertebrates and fish species. We operate 2 marine bases in the inner granitic islands, both within National Marine Parks next to stunning palm-fringed beaches and forested areas. The paradise of the Seychelles is the ideal location to enjoy conducting marine research, relaxing and exploring a well-preserved and tranquil tropical archipelago.

This is an amazing opportunity to work in an untouched area. You will also be able to increase your dive qualifications to PADI Advanced Diver and take some PADI Speciality courses. Another option is to extend your dive qualifications further at a discounted rate at a local dive centre.

As an expedition member, you will be involved in some/all of the following projects:
Invertebrate fisheries surveys
Coral reef and bleaching recovery monitoring through SCUBA diving surveys.
In-water sea turtle, octopus and lobster surveys.
Sea Turtle nesting surveys (in season).
Whale shark incidental surveys.
Cetacean sighting recordings
Assisting in research in Curieuse National Park alongside local rangers
Assisting in the development of the environmental education and awareness programmes.

Expedition Members will need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water or equivalent at the start of the expedition.

If you would like to join the expedition, but have not dived before, we can book you onto a PADI Open Water course at a local dive centre before the start of the expedition (we can arrange this for you)

Our comprehensive training programme will provide you with all the skills necessary for expedition life, such as marine survey techniques, species identification and data collation.

Daily Life
Weather, season and training permitting, you should expect to have approximately five to ten dives per week on the reef, collecting crucial data on fish species, invertebrates and coral.

At the end of each day, you will eat, relax and socialise with the rest of the team as you recount your sightings from below the surface. Life on the base will be simple island living, sleeping in basic dormitory style accommodation with shared bathrooms as well as sharing cooking and cleaning duties around base.

Weekends will be yours to explore the beautiful surrounding area and islands as you immerse yourself in the Creole culture of the Seychelles.

What is included
Pre-departure support and discounted services
Airport pick up and transfer to base
Food and accommodation
National Park fees and permits
All training materials, dive and science equipment
Discounted PADI Open Water Courses locally arranged prior to expedition
PADI Advanced Open Water course with all materials included
PADI Coral Reef Researcher specialty
First Aid training course
Heavily discounted further dive training options up to PADI Divemaster
Comprehensive training necessary for research techniques
Discounted accommodation around the island for weekends off
24 hour in country support
24 hour emergency phone line in the UK
Free Careers Abroad field work placement and job vacancy service for ALL former Expedition Members (successful placements depend upon aptitude and attitude)

What's Not Included
Medical and travel insurance
Visa costs
Personal kit
Additional drinks and gratuities
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
Airport transfers

Minimum Participation age is 18 years old

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Client: Janet Magnuson - from Canada
Trip: This trip: Marine Conservation & Research in Seychelles
rating 10/10
Comment: my time in the Seychelles.... what can i say, it was a fasinating experience.

Learning the coral (all 47 in latin), diving 5 days a week. white beaches; blue, blue water; lots of mega fauna; and the stars, so clear and bright.

The staff were wonderful, very patient and passionate about what they do. always willing to sit down and help or answer any questions you have.

The weather was hot, the water warm, the grass and trees green.

They have a sattelite camp on an island where giant tortoises live, after 5pm it is basically just you and a few others and the tortoises on this island, absolutly beautiful.

The diving in the Seychelles is one of the best i have dived. The vis is almost always 18-20 meters, with green and hawksbill turtles swimming past you. giant humphead parrot fish, the coral are bright and abundant.

Don't mistake me, you work hard also, you cook, clean, fill tanks, help where it is needed, but it is worth it. if you can do this trip, do it. 2 thumbs up.

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