Marine Conservation Internships

The Coral Tribe
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Coordinator | Jennifer
Coordinator | Jennifer
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Dive with the biggest fish in the sea
Diving with a mission. Do the different!
Look after Giant clams and other key species
Create an artificial reef, the ocean needs you
Become a citizen scientist and gather important scientific data.
Internships are designed to help newly certified Eco-divers put their training into practice in a real life environment and see how the theory translates into practice. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Our program leaders are some of the most experienced educators on Koh Tao. We are a dedicated group who are actively involved in the Koh Tao Community and anything "Eco" going on.  Our team is compiled of an array of experts in Scuba Diving, Marine conservation, Documentary & Filmmaker, Audio-visual Specialist and we all have extensive marine ecosystem training.

If you do not have your scuba certification, then we can easily arrange that for you.

Marine conservation is of increasing importance and educated dive leaders and resource managers will be in greater demand. Eco internships are progressively important for divers looking to gain employment in the diving community and looks impressive on your resume.  However, anybody can participate in our internship programs.  As an Eco-Intern you’ll be involved in the day to day operations,  putting your training into practice in any number of ways.   Internships are designed to help newly certified Eco-divers put their training to use in a real life environment and see how the theory translates into practice.  Being able to gain the 'hands on' experience is priceless.

There is NO BETTER WAY to enrich and solidify your education than by participating in real world work.  Dive with purpose!

You'll be working alongside Divemaster candidates, Instructors as well as Customers on occasions.  When we feel confident in your abilities you will have the chance to present/lead some of the ECO activities/dives with our Divemaster candidates as we've created an environmental portion to their Divemaster program which they need to fulfill.

With the ever-increasing number of scuba divers and tourists coming to Koh Tao, education is key for the preservation and conservation of marine environments.  

RECOMMENDED materials for Interns/students:

Laptop, Mask & Fins, Dive Computer, Underwater Compass, Surface Marker Buoy (SMB), Reel & Line

"Accommodation is NOT included but we would be happy to assist you with this.  There are lots of options available and if you're willing to look around, then you can get some good deals.   

Typical day

Monday - Friday 
A typical day starts from around 09:30 - 17:00 

The internship works on what's happening at the time and we have to be very flexible due to the weather, boats, and dive site availability.   You could be doing land-based jobs, coming up with brilliant recycling idea's or marketing beach cleans, microplastic surveys, dive site cleanups, mooring buoy replacement, building/deploying coral nurseries, emergency net removals,  Giant clam research/surveys, Coral Watch, Adopt A Coral, Drupella, Water Testing & Crown of Thorns collections ...the list goes on & on!

Free-time activities

Operations run Monday-Friday.  The weekends are yours to explore this island paradise. 

There are multiple options like mountain biking, trapezing, diving, kayaking, cliff jumping, hiking, and stand up paddle boarding which you can do, the choice is yours and endless.

ISLAND LIFE - Maehaad where we are situated, is nice and peaceful, there are a few, shops, cafe's, bars and restaurants but usually everything shuts down around 10:00 PM    If you want the party life, then it's a 15 minute walk to Sairee, where you can eat, drink, dance till the early hours and then lastly, at the other end of the island, you have Chalok, which is very laid back.  

The island offers so many places to explore and no matter what you are after, there is something for everyone

Koh Phangan our neighboring island is where they hold the 'Full Moon Party' and just a couple of hours boat ride if you want something totally different.

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)
Required Documents
Diving certification. Advanced Open Water, Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality, (Min: requirement) and Specialities and Non divers certification can be arranged on arrival
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Candidates must be hard-working, proactive, have common sense and passion for the ocean.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:30 - 17:30

What's Included

Services by The Coral Tribe

Fee's include: 

  • Scuba Diving Equipment Hire / Diving costs (Mon-Frid)
  • Metal Water Bottle
  • T'Shirt
  • 100% Recycled Handmade Carabiner
  • Shopping Bag
  • FREE use of Paddle Board & Bicycle if available at the time of your internship

Students wishing to stay LONGER can be accommodated.

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Koh Samui Airport (USM) in Koh Samui. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
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 Thailand provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Internships are available all year round.  

Standard packages start from 2 -6 weeks but we can cater to any length of internship.

All online payments are processed securely via Paypal.

There are no direct flights to Koh Tao you have to either fly to Koh Samui OR get a bus/train/ferry from Bangkok

  • Flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui (55 mins)
  • Ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao Seatran (3.5 hrs)
  • Lomprayah Catamaran (2.5 hrs) 

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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
4 weeks
6 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$375 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. The Coral Tribe will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with The Coral Tribe during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Marine Conservation Internships

Internships are designed to help newly certified Eco-divers put their training into practice in a real life environment and see how the theory translates into practice.


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