Scuba Dive & Coral Reef Restoration Intern

founded in 2010
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Support the local community in their endeavors to protect the coral reefs in their bay
Become passionate about marine conservation
Live with the local community in North Bali
Discover hidden waterfalls during jungle treks through North Bali
Visit Lovina, Singaraja or Amed during your stay in the program
Get engaged in the restoration of coral reefs in North Bali. You will support the local dive team in their daily efforts to maintain the reef and monitor its growth. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
About the program

This Bali based non-profit organization focuses on restoring damaged coral reef across Bali and Indonesia. Bali's reefs belong to the Coral Triangle and are home to different kind of coral species. However, due to massive human influence, coral reefs keep on dying and only 35% of Indonesia's coral reefs are in good health - with the number in decline. Most of the reefs in North Bali have died due to the constructive fishing methods of the local fishermen over the past decades. The village of Pemuteran took action and forced a change. Not only does the reef restoration program encourage the growth of the reef, also the local community is very active in promoting sustainable fishing practices and prohibits destructive fishing practices. Pemuteran is now a leading village for sustainable tourism in Bali.

Volunteers will be a part of local diver team whose responsibilities is to monitor and keep the coral reefs grow healthily. If you are not certified SCUBA DIVER, then you may take OPEN WATER SCUBA course on the first week of your program. After mastering SCUBA DIVING skill, you will be part of its coral restoration team, the front-liners of the grass-root community based coral restoration effort. You don't need to bring any equipment, as it will be provided by the dive center. 

Volunteers will spend most of the work time both under water and in the local community, with minor task of reporting/computer work. You will be expected to work in restoration center in the morning and in the local community in the afternoon, or it could be reversed depends on the appointment and weather and sea condition. There is the possibility that you are not allowed to dive on some days due to the weather or water conditions. Your safety is the main concern!

You don't necessarily need to study Marine Conservation or Biology, but you should have a general interest in marine conservation and should be proactive. There is a lot to do for those who are able to open their eyes!

Although the village is well developed, it is still a very laid back vibe. There are no parties or much entertainment in the evening. If you are a nature lover, an ocean defender and enjoy time off from hectic lifestyle, this is the right place to be for you. 

Social culture visa information

To work as a volunteer in Indonesia, you will need a social culture visa. This visa is issued to applicants who are going to Indonesia for a social/cultural visit, for example, visiting relatives or friends who live in Indonesia; visiting social organizations with the same type of activities; for exchange visits between educational institutions, carrying out research, and attending training program in Indonesia. Social-culture visa holders are not allowed to receive any salary from the visit they do. You have to apply before your arrival in Bali at the Indonesian embassy in your home country, to be able to volunteer or do an internship legally; you do need the Social-Culture Visa. Any other visa type is not sufficient. 

Time of application: 2-3 weeks. The visa application process takes some time and due to other reasons (Indonesian holidays or strike of post employees for example) the process can be delayed. Therefore, we recommend starting the application process the latest around 4 weeks prior your arrival in Indonesia.
  • Validity: 60 days after arrival
  • Extension: can be extended up to 4 times every 30 days
  • Costs: 45 Euro
Cost of extension in Bali: starting from 800.000-1.050.000 IDR via private agency, 750.000 IDR non-agency assistance extension
This guideline helps you through the visa application. However, we highly suggest you to re-check the information and visit the Indonesian Embassy’s website of your capital or call them directly.

Average Living expenses in Bali

Indonesia is considered to be really cheap to live in. This is something you will find out quickly after your arrival in Bali. Here you will see with which additional costs you have to plan during your time in Bali.

  • Food: The amount of money you will spend on food depends on your eating habits. If you eat at a local warung you will spend around 2€/2.20US$ for a proper meal with drink. But if you prefer to eat western food you will spend a lot more (at least 5€/5.35US$ but probably even more).
  • Laundry: In our accommodation you won’t have laundry facilities. So you have to bring your laundry to a laundry service somewhere around your living area. Average laundry costs are around 0.50-1€/$ for one kilogram of laundry.
  • Phone Credit: In all our accommodations you will find wifi. Therefore 2GB mobile data plus some credit for calling your friends should be enough per month. This will cost you around 5€/5.25$.
  • Scooter Rental + Petrol: Renting a scooter will cost around 42€/45$ per month. Petrol is quite cheap in Indonesia and 1 litre will be around  0.50€/$. In practice this means, that you won't need more than 4 €/$ per week for petrol unless you intend to to a bike trip around the island.
  • Trips: How much money you want to spend for trips to explore Bali is eventually up to you. You can minimize expenses if you spend a bit more time organizing as much as you can by yourself instead of using a travel agent or trip packages.

Typical day

You are requested to work alongside the local dive team. Your working  hours will vary from day to day according to the tides, the swell and the weather. Your daily tasks will be, but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning coral reef structures
  • Replacing/ Attaching corals on the structures
  • Hunt/Protect corals from the predators, such as: Crown of Thorn and Drupella Snail
  • Participate in Regular Underwater and Beach Clean Up
  • Creating sponsor names from wires for the structures
  • Providing Data for Project Database
  • Writing articles, report, or any required materials
  • Teaching English or other skill/knowledge to local schools
  • Mentoring the use of computer and internet to our local team
  • Providing information to visitors in our Centre and encourage them to donate or join a program

Free-time activities

Bali offers you many activities and cultural sights, which will spice up your time in Bali. Get to know Bali's various and numerous facets. We have listed our favorites you to make the most of your paradise life.

Surfing in Bali

Bali is a world mekka for surf adventures. Beginners, advanced and professionals will find what they are looking for for an ultimate surf experience. Many surf guides and surf schools have established in the southern part of Bali and provide various offers to learn surfing or improve your skills.


Besides surfing, scuba diving is among the top 5 activities in Bali. A breath-taking underwater world with intact reefs and unique animals awaits you. Many dive centers offer courses for non-divers or snorkelers as well. They usually suggest different itineraries for everyone's needs. Let yourself be enchanted by Bali's underwater world. 


If you don't have a PADI license, you can simply go snorkeling at reefs close to Bali's shore. You may find manta rays, colorful and intact coral reefs or even small ship wrecks. Usually, you only need to pay 1 or 2 Euros to rent snorkeling equipment and off you go. 


Rafting is also a very popular water sport activity, where you can explore Bali's stunning landscapes on rivers. Many rafting companies offer different tours for beginners as well as for advanced. 

Hiking Mount Agung & Batur

Gunung Agung and Gunung Batur are both active volcanoes in Bali. Local guides offer you hikes, where you start your hike early morning or even at night to arrive in time at the top of the mountain to enjoy the most breath-taking sunrise you have ever seen.  

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)
Education Requirements
Marine Conservation, Biology, Environmental Science at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Physically fit to swim and SCUBA Diving
- Environment/Biology/Fisheries
- Willingness to blend in and adapt with locals
- Energetic, kind, and responsible
- Comprehensive command of spoken and written English
- Capability in basic Bahasa Indonesia will be an advantage
- Able to drive scooter and own valid international driving license
- Willingness to live in quiet area where almost no night or town style entertainment available
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Bali Internships
- Program placement
- Arranging contract between intern and company
- Organizing invitation letter and assistance with visa application
- Organizing travel planning
- Accommodation during the program including breakfast
- Organizing scooter rental
- Airport pick-up
- Transport to North Bali
- Arrival package incl. SIM-card and welcome dinner voucher
- Orientation into culture and living in Bali
- Introduction to the company at the first training day
- Dive Equipment (5 dives a week)
- Emergency support & support during your internship
- Information about events and intern meetings
- Feedback & satisfaction assessment
- Assistance with visa extension after arrival in Bali
Airport Pickup at Ngurah Rai International Airport

Volunteers are asked to arrive at Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar Bali. You will picked up at the airport and dropped to your accommodation, that you are kindly requested to organize yourself (1 night). Our team can assist you with recommendations. Early morning next day you will be picked up by your volunteer coordinator and drive to North Bali to your program location.


  • private bathroom
  • within 5 minutes walking distance to the center (walking along the beach), ATM or small supermarket
  • 10 min walking distance to the next pharmacy/general doctor

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
  • Breakfast is included
  • all other meals and beverages are excluded
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

Volunteers are requested to arrive during the week. Once arrived at Bali Airport you will get picked up and our driver will bring you to your first accommodation. You are kindly requested to organize the first night yourself, however, our team can assist you with recommendations. After a good nights sleep you will be picked up from us early morning for our trip to Pemuteran.

Volunteers can begin their project after the introduction. The minimum duration for this volunteer program is 3 weeks. A volunteer can take part in a program for up to 6 weeks.

After we have arrived in Pemuteran, 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
3 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
3 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$371 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Bali Internships 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 Bali Internships during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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