Indo Ocean Project was founded by marine biologists, dive instructors, and ocean enthusiasts from around the globe to create a nation wide standardized data collection and research diver training program in Indonesia, the heart of the coral triangle. IOP has been working together with dive operators, various universities, and the local communities to carry out scientific research to address shark, ray, and marine conservation issues in the Indo-Pacific area.
Our field expeditions in Indonesia hosts international and local research projects focused on marine mega fauna and coral reef conservation in marine reserves across the country.
The aim of the Indo Ocean Project is to generate high quality scientific data to inform local mangers and stakeholders about the status of shark and ray populations in the Marine Protect Area (MPA), and to increase marine conservation awareness among the local communities and general public.
You don’t need to be a diver or scientist to apply! Our project relies on the experience and expertise of our volunteers from around the world to take action and take part.
1 – Penida Project: Located on the island of Nusa Penida off the south eastern coast of Bali in the Lombok Straight. The Penida MPA hosts a year round population of manta rays, seasonal sightings of mola mola, and beautiful coral reefs. But watch out! Penida is famous for strong currents and cold upwellings which bring in nutrient rich waters.
Current Projects: BRUV, roving survey, coral nursery & restoration, coral biodivesity mapping, turtle ID, mangrove resortation, marine debris survey
2 – Bunaken Project: Located on the beautiful remote island of Pulau Bunaken off the Norther tip of Sulawesi around 40 minute boat ride from Manado City. Be dazzled by this national marine park’s crystal clear water, macro life, sea horses, reef sharks, eagle rays, turtles, and wall dives. Bunaken is where the water doesn’t go below 27 degrees and the longshore currents make for spectacular drift diving.
Current Projects: BRUV, roving survey dives, coral biodiversity mapping, turtle ID, marine debris survey
3 – Bira Project: Located on the southern tip of Sulawesi in a famous ship building community called Bira. This untouched paradise is around a 4 hour drive from Indonesia’s third largest city, Makasar. Picturesque private beaches and unexplored dive sites, Bira is quickly becoming known as Indonesia’s number one shark diving destination. Blue warm water and thriving coral reefs are the main draw to this remote part of Sulawesi.
Entry Airport: Makasar
Current Projects: BRUV, roving survey dives, coral biodiversity mapping, shark & turtle ID, marine debris survey, coral nursery & restoration
About The Internship –
Why become a Dive Master?
Before you can be a good research diver, you first must be a good diver. The Dive Master and Research Diver Internship will give you the skills needed to work either in marine conservation/research or the diving industry. You will meet like-minded individuals and be able to network with experienced and aspiring marine biologists and organizations from around the world.
For more information about what a typical day is like and about all the different packages, projects and Prices please visit the Indo Ocean Expedition Page!
Next Step – Applications are accepted year round for any start dates. However with limited spaces available you may have to be flexible.
High season is from June – October and spots fill up quickly during these dates.