Coral Reef Gardening

founded in 2019
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Promotes coral production and continuity of native coral species
Protection of biodiversity and endangered species
Education and learning, learning experience for human to conceptualize ideas and develop their imagination
Protects the livelihoods and knowledge of indigenous people and preserve for future generations
Estethic benefit,watching wild animals, and diving in the ocean make release stress and suffer
Regrow and replant colonies of coral to restore and rehab damaged reefs and take back ocean ecosystem sustainability for the future. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

We are calling divers, nature lovers, coral reef warriors, and marine enthusiasts to join us to have to restore the coral reef ecosystem from degradation conditions. Stressors include a variety of events, some natural and some human-made. Our conservation program is 70 % underwater-based, diving to our coral reef 8 times a week from Monday till Thursday in different dive site projects and 30 % theory community-based, educating the next generation and helping to spread the word in local schools on Friday, we take marine conservation education into our partner schools. We have built a coral nursery not too far from the shore of Lovina. The nursery made from steel and concrete material protects the coral as it grows. The structure enables us to collect damaged and broken coral and transplant it to the protected nursery. We frequently monitor and track the growth and progress of the baby coral. Rehabilitation of reef ecosystems may progress through the implementation of both preventive as well as active restoration measures. A two-step restoration strategy termed “gardening of denuded coral reefs,” whose central concept is the mariculture of coral recruits in nurseries. In the second step nursery-grown, coral colonies are transplanted to degraded reef sites.

Volunteers will dive 8 times and help us in our Project Site,  Lovina Coral Reef Garden, Kalanganyar Global Village Reef, Pemuteran Biorock, Bondalem Eco Reef, Tejakula Conservation Reef, USA Liberty Ship Wreck Tulamben

Reef  & Artificial Reef Research and Monitoring

Volunteers and our marine team collect time-series data recording coral recruitment, survival rate, and growth rate of our coral garden. We are doing assessments also of existing coral reef habitats, diversity, and abundance of fish, invertebrates, and reef-building organisms through reef surveys at various sites along the coast of Lovina with the Underwater Photo Transect (UPT) method. The goal is Promotes coral production and the continuity of native coral species. Small animals particularly zooxanthellae on coral reefs play an important role in the aquatic ecosystem. Conservation of these animals, therefore, aids in pollination. Establishing artificial reefs in key areas is proven to be an effective way to enhance coral reef stability and sustain the abundance of reef species.

How do we find them?

Volunteer with our team to survey the entire reef and mark every colony. We studied the reef so we would know which coral survives and is healthy. we select those ones to grow in our nurseries.

How do we fragment?

With cutting pliers we fragment the colony of mother coral. the role play is each time no more than 5% of the colony is collected to ensure the colony survives and sustains the ecosystem. We take the fragment/donor of baby coral to our nursery ground under controlled environmental parameters.

How do we care?

The fragment we transplant on the structure, whereas we have 3 models for our structure including MARS system, FishDome,  concrete structure, and metal stick. We continue monitoring the baby coral effectively. Cleaning the coral with the brushes, fixing the structure position, fixing the cable tie, or anything else that is needed.

How do we plant?

Once the coral survives and is healthy we carefully trim them with pair of pliers. So we are able to cut 2 or 5 fragments of our colony. Then we place the coral in degraded places with pH-neutral cement  

You will be contributing to taking broken coral fragments and giving them a second chance to survive at our nursery. Some frames will remain in our nursery permanently as fish are using them as homes for their juveniles. The reef gardeners team has recently constructed structures we have different models of structure and material including MARS system with metal material, fish dome, concrete block, and metal stick with transplanted hard and soft corals attached to them.

Typical day

  • Breakfast at 08:00-9am. 
  • Morning activity (options listed above) starts at 09:00. This session finishes around 11:00-11:30. 
  • Lunch is served at 12:00. 
  • After lunch volunteers have a break for the hottest part of the day where they can socialize or go to the beach. 
  • At 14:00 afternoon activity starts. This finishes 16:00-16:30 and volunteers have the rest of the day off. 
  • Dinner is served at 19:00. 

Free-time activities

  • Sunrise and morning boat trip with the local fisherman. 
  • Clear and warm water is the perfect place for snorkeling and diving. At the volunteer camp, we provide all the equipment needed to do these activities. Do not worry if you have limited experience snorkeling or diving, our instructors will be happy to help you
  • Waterfalls, there are many waterfalls you can visit with local guides 
  • Temples, Bali is well known as the island of a thousand temples. 
  • Hike up to the volcano-like Mount Agung and Mount Batur
  • Yoga class 
  • Dolphin watching
  • Fishing
  • Visit the grape garden and enjoy the experience with local farmers.
  • Socialize with the local community and enjoy signature Balinese wine “Arak” and “Tuak”
  • Purification ceremony to the holy spring water with the priest
  • Visit traditional Balinese sarong production  


Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Physically fit to swim and SCUBA Diving
- Photography
- Environment/Biology/Marine &Fisheries
- Content writing
- Marketing
- Willingness to blend in and adapt with locals
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Indonesia Coral Reef Garden

The fees would using for food and drink, accommodation, rent scuba equipment, refilling the scuba tank, rent the boat, buying material for support coral transplantation like a cable tie, glove, cutting pliers, bag or basket.

Airport Pickup at Ngurah Rai International Airport
The volunteer’s accommodation is located in the heart of Lovina very close to the beach. approx walking time is 5 mins. In the town of Lovina, there are many restaurants, bars, and live music to entertain you. The hotel is in a neighborhood where you can find everything you need: supermarkets, ATMs, utilities you need just around the corner.  

The volunteer’s accommodation is a clean and friendly environment, all with air-con, cleaning services and wifi.

What you can expect from our volunteer’s accommodation?

  • Free onsite Wi-Fi access at the guesthouse. Please be aware, WIFI can be slow.
  • Laundry service (extra volunteer cost)
  • Tour service (extra volunteer cost)
  • Motorbike or bicycle rental (extra volunteer cost)
  • Toiletries (soaps, shampoos, and toilet paper extra volunteer cost)
  • Volunteers share a room with 2 to 4 other same-sex volunteers during their volunteering placement.
  • Couple can have a private room  - [you will need to cover the extra cost or private room, let us know before arrival so we can confirm with accommdation]
  • Private and shared western style bathroom
  • Clean western style toilet and shower
  • Fans
  • Bed sheets provided.
Food & Beverages

Food info 

A daily continental breakfast is served each morning at the hostel beginning at 7 am. Healthy lunch varieties are provided from Monday to Friday. Dinners are the responsibility of the participants, however, there are many great eateries in Lovina as well as a communal kitchen for those volunteers that would like to shop for groceries and cook their own meals.

*) Vegan and Vegetarian Food provided upon the request


  • Pancake
  • Toast bread
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fried Banana
  • Coffee or tea


  • Deep Fried Rice
  • Fried Noodles
  • Pasta
  • Rendang
  • Gado-Gado
  • Soto
  • Tuna steak
  • Deep Fried Chicken
  • Chicken satay
  • Noodle Soup

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar. We assist you to find cheap flights to Indonesia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Indonesia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Indonesia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Indonesia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

This program is open all year round. Min stay is 1 week. A volunteer can take part in a program for up to weeks. After we have arrived in Lovina, we will bring you to your homestay and will then introduce you to the local customs and cultures. After that, we will walk to the dive station and meet the dive team
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$800 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Indonesia Coral Reef Garden will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Indonesia Coral Reef Garden during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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