Description of Thailand marine conservation and diving holiday
Become part of an important conservation mission on the stunning island of Koh Phangan. Help to conserve the world’s depleting coral reefs as a marine conservation volunteer, immersing yourself in the underwater world and diving every day.
This is a diving trip with a difference. Each day you will go under the sea to explore the realms beneath, gathering valuable data, taking incredible photographs and watching how life passes by in the depths. All of the data that you and the team collect is part of an international study into coral, and your observations count towards new policies and environmental laws.
The opportunity to gain your PADI qualification is provided for those who do not yet have an experience of diving.
Where will I be staying? You will be living close to the seashore on the island of Koh Phangan. Accommodation is provided on the grounds of the research building, in comfortable leafy surroundings. Food is not provided, but there are great facilities for cooking, and even better options for eating out.
Arrival day is Monday. Fly to Koh Samui by 15.00 for the transfer to Koh Phangan
Gain full immersion into the project. If you are learning to dive, this takes 4 days before you can join the actual research project.
Enjoy 2 days off per week to explore, relax and even do some more dives
Return to the airport on a Monday. Flights should be scheduled after midday.
Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.
This project can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Thailand marine conservation and diving holiday
Wildlife 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.
Environment Our company is an environmentally responsible one that operates recycling and reusing of waste products. We also offset carbon emissions in our office (gas,electricity, business mileage) and encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme run in conjunction with Tree Aid.
Participants are advised to use hand wash gel that does not require water. We also advise, during our pre departure course, to take care with water. In many of our destinations, water is precious and expensive.
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. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.
1 Reviews of Thailand marine conservation and diving holiday
2 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 12 Nov 2013 by Stan Batchelor
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The diving on Sail Rock, probably one of the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
This is a small village with basic amenities so be prepared to take it easy and relax as there is a lot of down time where nothing is happening. If you get bored easily then make sure you have brought things to occupy your time or better still make an effort to get out and about the island.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Not really to the extent that I would have liked, sure spending money in the local area helps but it's debatable whether the diving element makes much difference
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
I would call it an experience rather than a holiday which to a certai extent was what I was expecting anyway. The diving for the most part was not very enjoyable due to the poor viz in the local bays, but overall a good learning experience
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We try our very best to communicate the importance of the research and how the project data is used to form legislation. On a short stay it can sometimes be difficult to see the daily workings as part of a greater picture; in the future we shall continue to reiterate how the individual’s contribution is forming part of a greater whole.