Blue Ventures

Blue Ventures

We rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities

Since 2003 Blue Ventures have been working with volunteers to develop locally-led marine conservation initiatives in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies.

Our work plays a critical role in rebuilding coastal fisheries, empowering communities with the means to safeguard their futures, reversing biodiversity loss, improving food security and building resilience to climate change.

Our sites in Belize, Madagascar and Timor-Leste are incredibly unique but share similar characteristics in they are on the frontline of climate change and declining fish stocks, rely on the ocean for protecting their livelihoods, located in remote underdeveloped areas, and home to an incredible biodiversity of tropical marine species.

Sunset divers  Heading off to a dive  Sea turtle

A conservation ecotourism model that works

By joining an expedition as a volunteer marine conservationist, you’ll help in collecting key reef monitoring data, supporting alternative livelihoods and gain a deep insight into how Blue Ventures’ community conservation projects operate. You’ll also be contributing to our impact as we share learning from our locally-led marine conservation models and join us as ambassadors of this approach, helping raise awareness of the urgent need for tropical marine conservation, and a community-first approach.

Volunteers are vital to the success of Blue Ventures’ marine-based projects and we are committed to delivering high quality and rewarding expeditions that benefit volunteers, host communities and the fragile marine environments where we work.

Programme highlights

We aim to provide an unforgettable experience that gives you the opportunity to have a real impact whilst giving you the skills to become an effective marine conservationist and ocean ambassador. Highlights include:

  • Marine conservation science training from a team of experienced field scientists.
  • Underwater research dives in incredible biodiversity hotspots.
  • Connecting with coastal communities and embracing a new culture
  • Explore unique landscapes in remote and unexplored areas of natural beauty
  • Weekend fun dives, community activities, hiking and much more



Who can volunteer?

Anyone with a passion for marine conservation can get involved and we accept new and experienced divers. The research will involve a lot of diving in biodiverse coral reefs (twice a day, six days per week) and we can train any volunteer up to the required dive standard if you don’t have your certifications yet.

Our team of experienced international and local field scientists will take you through each step and teach you the skills needed to undertake successful underwater research whilst having an incredible experience.

Whether you’re new to diving, an experienced scuba diver, budding scientist or newcomer to the field of marine conservation you are welcome and able to contribute to Blue Ventures’ important marine research and conservation initiatives.


How much does it cost?

We are a non-profit marine conservation charity and our main goals are to rebuild tropical fisheries and support affected coastal communities. Each volunteer pays an expedition fee that covers the costs of their expedition with the majority of this fee going back into the local economy. Costs are kept as low as possible whilst ensuring a fairness to the communities and a high-quality experience.

The expedition fee covers:

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Science/dive training
  • All diving and most of your dive gear
  • Activities and excursions
  • Overland tour

MADAGASCAR – 8-week marine conservation expedition:

New diver: £3750 (Approximately £465 per week)

Open Water certified: £3575

Advanced open water certified: £3425

4 and 12-week options also available – please contact if interested.

– 5-week marine conservation expedition:

New diver: £3095

Open Water certified: £2925

Advanced open water certified: £2795

10 day lionfish expedition:

Advanced open water certified: £995

Open Water certified: £1145

TIMOR-LESTE – 6-week marine conservation expedition:

New diver: Open water is the minimum requirement to join in this role

Open Water certified: £3150

Advanced open water certified: £2950

2-week whale watching and conservation diving expedition:

Advanced open water certified: £1695


How to apply

Blue Ventures keep groups small to focus on collecting accurate data and ensure a fantastic experience. To apply, simply submit a short application here and we will get back to you ASAP with the next steps.

If you have any questions you can email



Return to Marine Research Expeditions

Please don’t forget to mention WiseOceans when booking your expedition!