Diving and Marine Conservation in Thailand

Location: Thailand: Krabi

Program Duration: 7-12 Months, 9-12 Weeks, 3-6 Months, 5-8 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 1-2 Weeks, 1-2 Years, Summer

Dates: Year Round


Projects Abroad Inc 600 B Street Suite 300 San Diego, CA 92101 United States

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The coral reefs and mangrove swamps on the coast of Thailand are stunning places and they're doing well. They are threatened though. Threatened by fishing, by tourism, by shrimp farms and by climate change. But for now you can still dive and explore them in all their splendor.

Join our Conservation & Environment project in Ao Nang and the first thing that you'll be doing is learning how to scuba dive. We will train you up to the level of Advanced Scuba Diver, helping you to learn the fundamental theoretical and practical aspects of diving in the beautifully clear warm waters of the Andaman Sea. This allows you to dive to depths of 30m and participate fully in the underwater conservation work. If you have advanced scuba diving qualification already, you can start on the underwater reef research work straight away and choose to gain the next qualification as a Rescue Diver.

We work in partnership with Aqua Vision Dive Center, which employs fully qualified instructors and dive masters. Aqua Vision are a 5* PADI dive center and have been operating in Ao Nang since 1997.

By observing and analyzing reef damage and fish populations, you'll be helping to find the best ways to protect marine life from the dangers of increased tourism and human negligence. The diving is some of the best in the world and you'll have the chance to observe a wide variety of marine life - including turtles, rays, harmless reef sharks and hundreds of species of multicolored tropical fish.


You'll live in basic wooden bungalows just off the beach, shared with up to three other Projects Abroad conservation volunteers. Each bungalow has its own private bathroom. The rooms are cleaned regularly and have electricity and hot running water.

Meals are provided in a communal restaurant area. On days when you are out all day diving or working at a mangrove site, lunch will be provided on the boat, at the work site, or a packed lunch may be taken.

This project is available for one week if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and take part in a variety of the conservation activities please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

Volunteers joining the Conservation Project for two weeks should arrive in Krabi on a Saturday or Sunday. As a two week volunteer you will receive one dive course and your role in some of the diving activities after completing the course may be limited to observation and assisting the longer term volunteers. It is also important to remember that the amount of diving available over a two week period can be affected by bad weather.

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The price of each placement includes all your food and accommodation, transfers to and from the airport, full travel and medical insurance plus support and 24 hour back-up from our staff based around the world.

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Marine Conservation
  • Conservation
  • Environment
  • Biological Research
This Program is open to

American, Worldwide, Canadian Participant.

Participants Travel to Thailand

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Letters of Reference
  • Written Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
10 days
Post Services Include
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
Year Founded