Marine conservation in Thailand

Contribute to an award winning project. Research, protection and restoration of reefs


1-5 weeks


from £875


Koh Tao


In brief

Working within a dynamic team volunteers contribute to the research, protection and restoration of reefs. Volunteers support a variety of initiatives such as artificial reef installations, coral predator monitoring and baby turtle rehabilitation and much more!

The project has two main objectives; surveying the island’s reefs and implementing local environmental initiatives to protect the oceans and coastline. Divers of all abilities are welcome as training can be provided on site.

Volunteer role

Volunteers assist with several projects on Koh Tao. Each day is different but may include:

Research activities

  • Ecological monitoring surveys and data collection
  • Coral spawning and culturing
  • Invasive species and threats research
  • Coral bleaching and other coral diseases
  • Seahorse research and observation
Reef restoration and protection activities

  • Mooring line installation and maintenance
  • Artificial reef construction, installation and maintenance
  • Giant clam nurseries
  • Juvenile sea turtle nursery
  • Coral nursery
  • Clean-ups – land and underwater

Awareness and Campaigns

  • Annual community conservation festival (usually in June)
  • Teaching local children to dive
  • Leading educational talks
Other volunteers

There are usually 5-15 volunteers with a maximum of 25.

Working days and hours

You will participate in the project from Monday – Friday, usually 9am – 5pm with weekends off to relax and explore. There is lots to do in your free time including exploring the islands beaches and jungles.

Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) award

This placement has been approved by the DofE as meeting the requirements for the Residential section of the Gold Award.

Join the research team and contribute to marine conservation initiatives!

Interested? Then make an enquiry.