Marine biology research and Coral reef restoration

Volunteer students (Scientific Officer assistant) work daily on Vavvaru reef on Korallionlab projects under our Scientific Officer coordination.

Korallionlab is opened to Universities, scientific Institutions and Associations since April 2013.

Located on Vavvaru, a private island in Lhaviyani Atoll in the Indian Ocean, Korallionlab offers many different reef habitats for potential research projects : from tracts of reef with ~100% coral cover, patch reefs within the sandy lagoon and large coral bommies, which are often frequented by manta ray.

There is a purpose built wet lab for tank based experiments and a dry lab adjacent, kitted out with high quality research equipment including fluorescence and stereo microscopes, micro-centrifuges, autoclaves and DNA extraction facilities (including the ability to make dry ice).

Volunteer students (Scientific Officer assistant) after a basic course in coral reef ecology start working daily on Korallionlab marine biology and reef restoration projects under Korallionlab Scientific Officer coordination (SO).

Depending on sea condition they might be involved in lab activities, in coral nursery activities or in any other activities related to any projects running at Korallionlab at that time. 

Diving is not admitted under Korallionlab Volunteer program.

Marine biology research and Coral reef restoration dry lab vavvaru southend service room Vavvaru main beach water lab lunch hut library room

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
In order to join the program you need to be at least 21 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)
Health Declaration
Education Requirements
marine biology at University level
Required Documents
CV and medical certificates
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
good swimmer and snorkeler
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 09:30

Any questions? Just ask. We at Korallion Research Lab are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Volunteer students (Scientific Officer assistant) will enjoy Vavvaru island, its lagoon and the beautiful reef in front of the main beach during free time.
You might play football, volley ball and badmington on the main beach.



What's included?
Fees include accommodation, board and three meals a day.

Fees do not include :
- international flight
- Male-Vavvaru-Male transfer USD 450.00 necessary to reach the island (we will book it for you as seaplane company does accept only reservation from local company)
- Korallionlab do not provide and do not rent any snorkeling equipment (fins, masque and tube) so make sure to take them with you
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.

Scientific Officer assistant are accommodated in double room or double bunk bed room.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

three meals per day are included in the volunteer program
maldivian food and simply international food mainly based on fish is served daily
at request we can offer simple vegetarian food

- fresh water is free of charge

- beverages are NOT included (Cocacola, no alchool beer, juices )

please remember that Vavvaru island is alchool free

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Vavvaru Island/Maldives between 1 week and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Korallion Research Lab will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 Korallion Research Lab during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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What's next?

The nearest airport is Malé International Airport (MLE) in Male. We assist you to find cheap flights to Maldives.
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Vavvaru island, Vavvaru Island, Maldives
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