- What does a typical day at the reef conservation program look like ?
Our mornings start with the most important meal of the day, breakfast, at 08:00 with a little time afterwards to get yourself ready for the full day ahead ! At 09:00 all volunteers get in the minibus and take a short trip to one of our restoration sites, between 5-20 minutes away. Once we arrive we immediately start preparing for a deployment dive, finding our dive buddies and preparing our dive equipment. During these deployment dives, we work in pairs to move the artificial reef structures into position. After a short break on the surface, we dive a second time to monitor the corals and fish communities that develop around the artificial reefs. Then we head back to the resort, just on time for some delicious local Balinese lunch !
Later in the afternoon, we gather again to analyse the data that was collected in the morning, taking the time to improve our fish and coral identification skills for the next dive. Everyone has some time to relax before dinner at 18:00 and then partake in some social activities in the evening. The next day we will do it all again at another one of our restoration sites.
- Will I have any free time while I’m taking part in the program ?
Our program runs from Friday to Monday, with Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday free for you to travel and explore all that the island of Bali has to offer. On the days when we are running activities, there is still plenty of free time in the late afternoon and evening to explore the surroundings of Tulamben.
- How many dives can I expect to do each week ?
We dive twice on every day that our program runs from Friday to Monday – weather permitting. That means we generally aim to dive 8 times a week.
- Do I need to bring my own diving equipment ?
Scuba diving equipment is provided for all diving included within PADI courses and our reef restoration program. However, if you already have your own snorkelling/diving equipment, we recommend that you bring it since it’s always nicer to use in your own equipment !
- Can you cater for my dietary requirements ?
Our local chefs will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements you may have. Please let us know of any dietary requirements beforehand and re-iterate them to us once you arrive !
- Can I have a private room ? Can I share a room with my partner or friend ?
Our onsite accommodation is mainly made up of same-sex shared rooms (2 simple beds). Please let us know beforehand if you are travelling with someone and would like to share a room with them ! Where we are not running at full capacity, it may be possible for people to have a room to themselves – but that’s not something we can guarantee.
- When is the best time of year to come to Bali Conservation Diving ?
Our program is open throughout the dry season in this part of Bali. We stop running the program from the end of December to the middle of February to avoid the rainy season. In Bali, generally we get the best diving conditions from April-May and then from September-November. With that being said, we will be diving from February to December as often as the weather permits !
- When should I arrive to start the program ?
The first activities start on the Friday morning and so you should aim to arrive on the Thursday afternoon beforehand so you can get settled in. We offer pick-ups from anywhere on the island on Thursday afternoons and so all you need to do is let us know where you will be. If your flight arrives on the Thursday before, then we can also organise for you to be picked up from the airport directly. For those whose flights land before the Thursday we recommend that you use the opportunity to take some time to travel around the South of Bali before we pick you up on the Thursday !
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