Thai Island Dream Marine Conservation and PADI Course

Thai Island Dream Marine Conservation and PADI Course
  • Location : Bangkok and Koh Tao, Thailand
  • Start Date : Every Thursday, (closed Nov/Dec)
  • Duration : 2 Weeks

COST PER COUPLE

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Cement your commitment to each other and a cause by joining our Marine Conservation and Scuba Diving Project in Thailand. If you would like to combine a love for the sea with a passion to learn how to dive in some of the world’s most amazing tropical reefs, read on to discover what the island of Koh Tao has to offer you on your honeymoon. With PADI Qualifications, Ecological Certifications, Muay Thai classes and Thai Massages to ease your working muscles, this package offers you the perfect balance of exploration, conservation and relaxation – a true honeymoon with a difference.

What's special about this place?

"While [you] toast [yourselves] to a bronze hue on the sandy beaches, they find in the daily rhythm of Thailand a tranquility that isn't confined to vacation time."  - Lonely Planet

Your Impact

With over 320,000 visitors annually and continued rapid development on the island, damage to the reefs around Koh Tao are real and pertinent threats. With hands on conservation work, you will help to combat this damage to actively promote and engage with reef research and restoration as well as helping to increase marine life in the area.

Lodging

You will be staying in a hotel for 2 nights in Bangkok. In Koh Tao, you will have a private room in a beautiful resort, ideal for nature lovers. The resort is located in the crystal clear waters of Aow Leuk where you can find a fantastic coral reef on your doorstep. There are private beaches and nature trails within a 5 minute walk.

Location

Following your cultural orientation and experience in Bangkok, you will be located in the southern bay of Chalok Baan Kao on the beautiful and tropical island of Koh Tao, Thailand.

Volunteer Project

Based on the Thai island of Koh Tao, this marine conservation project is perfect for experienced divers or those wishing to learn to dive. The local community of Koh Tao, in association with the best dive schools, developed a project to help and protect the coral reefs within the greater Koh Tao area from the damage caused by tourism and global warming. Building artificial reefs, culturing a giant clam nursery and undertaking regular monitoring activities in the waters surrounding the island, you will be able to spend every day diving and familiarizing yourselves with the marine life of Thailand. The success of this project to date has seen government environmental agencies use the data gathered to make policy decisions.

As volunteers you will start every day by attending a lecture on your course of action for the day. Following this, you will proceed to your diving duties and whilst diving you will be responsible for monitoring the reefs, underwater clean-ups, maintaining coral nurseries and artificial reefs, restoring damaged areas, and much more. This package includes PADI Open Water & Advanced and SSI Ecological diver certification which will be completed during your time on the project. Through the courses, you will become proficient in coral reef ecology, research and restoration and participate in a wide variety of conservation activities both on land and under the sea. The unique location and situation on Koh Tao provides the perfect location to learn about coral reefs and the marine environment.

Please note: This package will be unavailable from mid-October to the end of December due to the Monsoon Season in Thailand. The project reopens at the beginning of January each year.

What’s Included?

• Private accommodation in Bangkok (2 nights) and Koh Tao (13 nights)
• Airport pick-up from Bangkok
• Some meals as per itinerary in Bangkok
• Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao (overnight bus & ferry)
• Cultural Orientation and Sightseeing in Bangkok
• Thai Cooking Class in Bankok
• Thai Puppet Show in Bangkok
• Open Water PADI Certification
• Advanced PADI Certification
• 2 Thai Massages each, one in Bangkok and one in Koh Tao
• 2 Hour Muay Thai Boxing Class each
• 24/7 support

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