Marine Protected Area Project Internship – Bali Lembongan

Bali Diving Academy
January 12, 2021
Bali, Indonesia
Closing date



Would you like to become a confident dive professional as well as acquiring a solid foundation in applied Marine Biology?

This internship will give you the necessary background to work on serious conservation projects and/or as a responsible and knowledgeable professional diver.

Before becoming a good research diver or working in marine conservation, you need to be a good diver and have advanced knowledge in marine biology. It is important to understand how everything is connected and being able to identify coral and fish. This internship will make a real difference by providing a background and experience in Marine Biology. Moreover, with the data you will collect during your internship you will have a real impact as you will contribute to the evaluation of the effectiveness of the Marine Protected Area. The data will be sent to Coral Triangle Centre, the organization in charge of taking care of the Marine Protected Areas in six countries including Indonesia.

Along with five modules of theory, our dives will take the form of coral surveys, where we will be assessing the multitude of species of coral here in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, their health, abundance, and age. Advanced Fish identification surveys and counts will follow.

The internship is based in the middle of the Marine Protected Area of Nusa Penida, in Nusa Lembongan a little paradisiacal island 30 minutes boat ride from south Bali. The dive sites we go to have some of the highest diversity of marine life in the world: more than 400 species of reef-building coral and large ocean dwellers like turtles, manta rays, and sharks, not to forget about the iconic sunfish or Mola-Mola, which, depending on the season, can be seen in the region on a regular basis.

Bali Diving Academy is a renowned Academy, existing since 1991, PADI 5 stars IDC center, collaborating with National Geographic, Marine Megafauna Foundation, Coral Triangle Center and a pioneer in the diving industry in Indonesia. Since we opened, we have connected divers with the ocean with a 100% safety record and the highest quality standards. Your mentor will be an experienced PADI Instructor and a recognized Marine Biologist with whom you will get in touch to discuss any points before beginning the internship.

The goal is to have fun together and connect with the ocean while becoming a committed underwater naturalist and ultimately to make a difference by collecting crucial data!

Placements are usually 2 months, but if you are already a certified diver this can be adapted. Please note there is no need to be an advanced diver or scientist to participate in the project and to apply.

If you want to make a career in the marine conservation, marine biology or diving industry and at the same time make a difference and have a real impact: this program is perfect for you! Please note there is no need to be an advanced scuba diver in order to apply.

Please note that if you are a student at university this internship can be approved and give you credit towards your Master and/or Bachelor’s degree.

We have limited places to keep the group sizes small and the quality high; so sometimes flexibility is required on the start date depending on the period. Simply get in touch with us and we will let you know.

The program is open for any start date in 2021 (January to June and September to December), with limited capacity available in order to keep small groups and high quality, so book early to reserve your spot!

We will only accept 2 or 3 candidates for the months of July and August (no discounts on extra course or dives apply during these 2 months). The Program then reverts back to usual availability in September 2021.

The program runs 7 days a week and all interns are entitled to 2 days off per week or 8 days off per month. These days can be accumulated if you require a few days off in a row.

The first few weeks are spent improving on and learning diving skills, and starting your training in marine biology theory. Once we have started with these foundations in Marine Biology, we will focus on getting to know the dive sites. Then we will start with the survey dives as well as manta and coral identification and collection of data.

The skills for your Divemaster program will also regularly be trained and entire days will also be dedicated to it, following the PADI standards.

The average day starts at 8 am and finishes at 5 pm. Usually, the interns stay longer as we have the most beautiful spot on the island for sunsets.

You will have 4 different roles:

  1. Dive Master’s and Dive Guides – learning how to guide certified divers and learn about the different dive sites.
  2. Research and survey Team – Take an active role in the research and survey team as a research diver and field scientist collecting abundant data on dives and doing coral and fish identification.
  3. Instructors – assisting courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Rescue Diver in the pool, classroom, and open water and learn a lot about the daily functioning of a professionally managed dive center.
  4. Study/Workshops – Help the dive team in the office with equipment maintenance and repair, the study on the Marine Biology and Divemaster side, project development, and divemaster workshops. This sometimes also includes workshops with local school children to familiarize them with the ocean and make them aware of what is needed to best protect it.

Apart from the training and invaluable experience in the ocean as a research diver:

Your PADI Dive Master Certification (you will have all you need to proceed immediately with the Instructor course if you would like to go into a career as a diving instructor)
1) Certification by Bali Diving Academy confirming your participation in the internship and tailormade recommendation letter assessing what you have done
2) All details needed to validate credits with your university
3) The data set for the data that you have collected

For 2 months/8 weeks internship (the duration can be adapted) including:
- full accommodation for 8 weeks (private room) including breakfast
- lunches when diving on the boat
- Marine Biology theory
- Survey and research dive training and data collection
- UNLIMITED dives: diving Penida and Lembongan
- Transportation from the airport and back to the airport or south Bali
- Divemaster trainee with experienced PADI Instructor (5 stars IDC Dive center)
- Full equipment
- PADI Crew Pack (the books and calculator)
- All taxes
- Contribution to the village
Total 8 weeks all included as described above: USD 2095
50% discount on extra dives required to reach 40 logged dives to start the DM course
25% discount on courses before DMT if required.

For more information or to apply to this Divemaster internship, please write directly to

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