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Diving and Marine Conservation Expedition

Caqalai Island, Fiji

Agency | GoEco

Discover Fiji's underwater wonderland and become a seasoned diver, all while completing invaluable research toward local conservation initiatives.

About Fiji

Fiji is a stunning Melanesian country that lies in the South Pacific Ocean, just 2,000km from New Zealand’s North Island. Surrounded by the crystal blue warm pacific, the islands of Fiji were formed from volcanic activity, creating a majestic landscape and coral reef that make it a prime location for divers, volunteers, and Eco travel connoisseurs alike. The project itself is located on Caqalai Island in the Lomaiviti group. Here you will find white sand beaches that lead to volcanic mountainous landscapes and crystal clear lagoons, making it a stunning location for any expedition. 

About the Project
You will be based on Caqalai island, approximately 1 hour by boat from the Viti Levu Mainland and Nausori Town.  You will be working on nearby islands and coastal reefs around the base.  The expedition focuses on data collection through underwater research dives; the results of which will provide long-term benefits for local communities and environmental initiatives.  Work with local coordinators to guarantee the community's ability to better manage and conserve their natural resources.  During the expedition, volunteers will improve their diving skills and assist in the creation of a network of Marine Protected Areas, while discovering an abundance of unique marine creatures.  

The expedition also focuses on community education and is a great way to discover the indigenous culture.  Volunteers will partake in weekly school visits where they will teach local children about environmental conservation and also have a chance to get to know the community and their traditional villages.

Scuba diving requirements
The majority of the expedition is spent Scuba Diving, the pre-requisites for this are as follows:
  • 4 weeks: Volunteers must already have a PADI open water, or equivalent
  • 8-12 weeks: Training for PADI certification provided, after which volunteers will become a PADI Advanced Diver. 
Program Add-Ons  
Take your volunteering experience one step further!  
Through the Internship Certification Program, you’ll have a personal mentor who will help you develop leadership skills, routinely assess your progress and provide a professional reference upon completion of the program. 

Take part in the Biological Survey Techniques Course for in-depth training that will allow you to effectively plan and execute your own field surveys in the future.     
You can never be too prepared.  Join the EFR training and get certified in First Aid and CPR for adults and children.

Get your PADI Rescue Diver certification and further your diving knowledge.  To take part in this course you must have your EFR certification.

Please note that there is an additional cost for these programs.

Typical day

The expedition begins with an initial training phase involving snorkeling and dive point outs with the professional staff. During this time volunteers will learn to identify locally targeted fish species as well as benthic coral and invertebrate.

Surveys are conducted twice a day, four days a week. The expedition consists of early morning starts so as to make the best of daylight hours, with a late finish of data entry and equipment preparations for the next day.  The fifth day of the week is reserved for fun diving expeditions in the morning with the afternoon to relax and enjoy a barbecue.  Weekends are mostly free for volunteers to either rest or explore the local area. 

Key volunteer contributions:

  • Data collection on targeted fish species
  • Coral reef and mangrove habitat mapping
  • Environmental awareness and educational program development for local schools

Free-time activities

The stunning islands of Fiji offer many fantastic activities to do in your spare time. 

These include
  • climbing volcanic mountains
  • cave swimming
  • witnessing breathtaking landscapes from white sand beaches to beautiful rivers and water falls discovering the unique indigenous culture
  • learning to speak Fijian
  • and many more...


Program Requirements

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
The criminal background check must be officially translated into English
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-Willingness to work hard
-Passion for marine conservation
-Good level of physical fitness
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with GoEco straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Suitable for


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Included in the fees are the accommodation, the food, our local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support as well as project-related transportation and an airport drop-off. 

Furthermore, a comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage is included. You will also receive a pre-departure kit with the full project details as well as all necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival.

Also, all necessary project equipment is provided, but there is a 'kit list' available post deposit which will outline all the essentials that volunteers will need.

Airport Pickup at Nadi International Airport

We provide you with an airport drop-off upon completion of the program.


Your provided accommodation will consist of shared mixed huts with shared bathroom facilities at field station.

There will be rain water available for cooking, drinking, and washing. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

We provide you with the ingredients and the volunteers take turns to prepare meals. 

Internet Access
Sorry, no 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 Nadi International Airport (NAN) in Nadi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Fiji.
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 Fiji provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Fiji you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Fiji.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Caqalai Island/Fiji between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Fiji.
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 GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Oceania Melanesia Fiji Caqalai Island, Caqalai Island

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