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Blue Ventures’ volunteers learn the diving and scientific skills necessary to collect data that is vital to the management of some of the world’s most remote marine biodiversity hotspots.

As well as diving on incredible coral reefs you’ll get the chance to work in mangroves and seagrass habitats as you directly contribute to our award winning conservation, development and education programmes in MadagascarBelize and Timor-Leste.

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Marine Conservation Expeditions
Min age: 17

3 – 12 Weeks from £1850
Timor-Leste | Madagascar | Belize |

Specialist Short Dive Trips
Min age: 17

9 Days – 2 Weeks from £875
 Timor-Leste | Belize

What our volunteers say
A humbling experience that will no doubt enable me to grow as a diver, an environmental activist, and as a traveller. BV works so hard to ensure that the economic and scientific rewards can belong to the local community. They are helping to shape a really exciting and sustainable future for the reefs and the local people in Atauro.
Timor-Leste, 2018
This expedition has outdone my expectations, and has provided a wealth of varied experiences, as well as highlighting to me the continued need for holistic conservation. Incredible project, incredible people. It been inspiring to work at the front line of change, alongside people who care about this beautiful place, people and environment.
Madagascar, 2018
I had a fantastic expedition with Blue Ventures. The on-site staff were very fun and there was a strong sense of community amongst everyone at the dive camp. The diving is incredible and the science training and surveying is interesting and rewarding. I would highly recommend such an expedition to anyone looking for fantastic diving and meaningful research contributions.
Belize, 2018

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Explore the remote Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Join us where it all began and discover the heart of our community conservation work.

Dive into the world’s most biodiverse waters in the heart of the Coral Triangle.

How it works...

About Blue Ventures

Blue Ventures develops locally-led approaches to marine management that benefit people and nature alike.

By listening and responding to basic needs, we design models that catalyse and sustain marine conservation, unlocking the potential of coastal communities to manage their resources.

We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and are committed to advancing the rights of small-scale fishers throughout the coastal tropics.

Our work plays a critical role in rebuilding coastal fisheries, empowering communities with the means to safeguard their futures, reversing biodiversity loss, improving food security and building resilience to climate change.

You can join us as a marine conservation volunteer on our international award-winning expeditions – do something meaningful on your next adventure!

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Simon Reeve - Blue Ventures testimonial

Blue Ventures does magnificent work, helping local communities and offering extraordinary volunteering opportunities that you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Simon ReevesAdventurer, author and presenter of the BBC's Indian Ocean series
Sir David Attenborough Blue Ventures testimonial

A model for everyone working to conserve the natural life-support systems of our troubled planet.

Sir David AttenboroughRenowned naturalist, broadcaster and presenter of the BBC's Madagascar series
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Expedition prices vary according to your current diving qualification and length of stay in Timor-Leste but, as a guide, start at £2450 for 6 weeks.

We also run short trips in Belize and Timor-Leste from £875.

Use the price calculator to get an estimated cost which you’ll also receive if you apply – please just let us know if you want an exact quote before you confirm your place.

If you have any special requirements (e.g. non-diving volunteer, joining outside normal expedition dates, medic, medical elective or research) please contact us for an accurate quote.

Participants at our Timor-Leste site need to be PADI Open Water divers (or equivalent).

Please talk to us if you have any questions about this and we can discuss your options!

Expeditions run year round, if the exact start dates don’t work for you please ask, we’ll likely be able to sort something out that works.

Yes! We’d love for others to come and can offer a slight discount for non-divers. The capacity of these expeditions is limited to 12 people though, so do get in touch as soon as you can to discuss options.

Yes! We regularly work with schools, universities and other groups to provide bespoke short expeditions. See our specialist page for more information or just drop us a line using the contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 

Just complete our simple online application form and we’ll be in touch very soon!

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