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Join us in the world's most biodiverse waters, in a country you may never have heard of... an adventure in Timor-Leste is waiting to welcome you!

Asia’s youngest country, rugged and remote Timor-Leste, is an unexplored global biodiversity hotspot packed with treasures! You’ll discover unspoiled paradise beaches and dive and snorkel in the turquoise waters of the world’s most biodiverse oceans. You’ll help collect data vital to the locally led management of vibrant coral reefs while experiencing the culture and the surrounding landscapes of this beautiful country.

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Marine conservation expeditions
3 – 12 weeks from £1950

Short dive trips
2 weeks from £1495
Whale & Coral Dive Trip in Timor-Leste

What our volunteers say
The experience with BV is unique, they really work hard with the community and you feel really welcome by the community. You also feel your contribution to Marine Conservation.
Rosa Maria
Timor-Leste, 2018
Blue ventures' project is a beautiful way to dive differently, to be part of the protection of environment and to discover a new country and a different way of life at the same time, which is a privilege. This experience is rich concerning the dives and meeting and knowing other people.
Anne-Lise
Timor-Leste, 2018
It was a great experience to witness first hand the enormous impact BV has with the local community here and a privilege to contribute. I learnt a great deal on this expedition and it is an experience I will never forget - thank you!
Jessie
Timor-Leste, 2017

Volunteer with Blue Ventures in the unique natural paradise of Timor-Leste and contribute to critical marine conservation in a country at the heart of the Coral Triangle, home to the highest diversity of marine life on earth.

Bathed by the deep waters of the Banda and Timorese seas, Timor-Leste along with Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and the Solomon Islands form the world-famous Coral Triangle. While it covers less than 2% of the earth’s oceans, the Coral Triangle hosts more than 75% of all known coral species, almost 40% of all known coral-reef fish species, more than 50% of the world’s coral reefs. Numerous shark, whale and dolphin species and six of the world’s seven marine turtle species are also found here. 

The waters of Timor-Leste are a biodiversity hotspot and a global marine conservation priority, yet data on the status of the marine ecosystem is severely lacking, with limited monitoring and research. Blue Ventures’ volunteers will assist our team of scientists with the collection of marine inventory data completing research dives in previously un-surveyed waters. The data collected will inform Blue Ventures’ theory and practice and contribute directly to our efforts to develop new approaches to engaging Timor-Leste’s coastal communities in marine conservation.

As well as surveying the status of the coral reefs, particular attention will be paid to threatened seagrass beds, this habitat, home to numerous vulnerable species, serves as a vital feeding ground and nursery area for reef fish.

Regardless of your diving experience and whether you are a budding scientist or a newcomer to the field of marine conservation, all are welcome and able to support and contribute to Blue Ventures’ work in Timor-Leste.

All of the science and dive training throughout the expedition is designed and delivered by our experienced team. Informal lectures, workshops, group discussions and practical exercises will guide you through the programme and provide you with the skills and knowledge required to carry out underwater research dives and contribute to our work.

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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 £2850 for 6 weeks.

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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