Marine Debris Warrior & Coral Reef Conservation

founded in 2019
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Wildlife entanglement and Ingestion, Ingestion of debris by animals is another serious problem.
Keep your favorite dive site and local marine environment free of debris
Our ocean's need you - more than 250 million tonnes of plastic are estimated to make its way into our oceans
Human Health and Safety
Its FUN - diving is about enjoyment, this speciality allows you to make new like minded friends and learn about protecting our oceans and marine life
Marine debris warriors, engage the underwater citizen, by working together locally, nationally, and internationally to make movement for a marine debris-free the planet This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Marine debris is our waste in the ocean. From everyday litter like plastic bags, food wrappers, drink bottles, and cigarette butts, to car batteries, kitchen appliances, enormous fishing nets, and industrial waste, the trash we allow in the ocean is turning our beautiful reefs, beaches, and seagrass meadows into rubbish dumps. 

Where does it come from?

Rubbish moves to the ocean from both land and sea, but most of the debris in our ocean comes from land-based sources. Regardless of where it comes from, humans are the source of all marine debris - either through accident, carelessness, or purposeful dumping. Rubbish enters the ocean due to a lack of or poor waste management. Town dumps located next to the sea, untreated sewage discharging directly into the ocean, and poorly managed buildings or industrial waste all contribute to the marine debris problem. 

How volunteers can help tackle marine debris:

Yes, we can, by working together locally, nationally, and internationally on the many changes needed to fix this mess:

Our conservation program is 70 % underwater based, diving to our coral reef, seagrass bed, and sandy bottom to collect the marine debris from Monday until 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. Volunteer and our team will do a survey for the site and choose a site known to have marine debris. When the site was chosen, during our dive collect the marine debris you encounter when back on land sort, and record what you removed from the seafloor only. Consider removing non-natural items that could harm marine animals as they break down into smaller pieces, even if doing so will cause a short-term disturbance. In these cases use your judgment of what action will cause the least harm. Items in this category include hard plastics, fish traps, and packaging material. If eggs are attached to a marine debris item mark the location and return to remove it once the eggs have hatched. We would take pictures to tell the story. Photos are great for convincing non-divers and decision-makers that marine debris is a real problem. Our photo can illustrate impacts on marine wildlife and the environment and help build a library of images that show people the scope and scale of the problem.

Step 1: Weigh 

Weigh all your marine debris while still in the mesh bags. If the weight of the mesh bags is significant weigh them separately once they are empty and subtract their weight to arrive at the true weight of your debris. 

Step 2: Sort

Empty your mesh bags and sort your debris into piles under the nine categories: plastic, glass & ceramic, metal, rubber, wood, cloth, mixed material, and other debris items. Sort your debris out of the wind to avoid rubbish being blown back into the water. Emptying your mesh bags onto a tarpaulin will help keep your debris items together. 

Step 3: Dispose 

You removed it and counted it - great job! Now take a moment to dispose of it properly so it cannot return to the ocean. 

Volunteers and our team help to rescue ocean and coral reefs from entanglement nets, fishing lines, ropes, and other debris that poses a huge threat to wildlife, especially those that live near or on the water. we look at the damage caused by marine debris and how divers can help fix this mess.

Volunteers and our team take action and keep trash out of the marine environment and we would educate children from school every Thursday about the marine debris class. Every piece of debris and litter found in our waterways at one point involved a person who made an improper decision. In a way, it can be said that every piece of debris has human fingerprints on it. Knowledge is key for consumers to make appropriate choices when it comes to using and disposing of waste items. Diving Against Debris not only has obvious positive effects on marine life and our ocean but it is also now helping drive political changes for a cleaner future. Dive Against Debris empowers scuba divers to remove marine debris from our oceans, lakes, and rivers and report data on the types, quantities, and locations of materials collected.


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, renting the boat, and buying material for support underwater clean up like gloves, bag or baskets.

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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