Indo Ocean Project

Indo Ocean Project – Divemaster and Research Diver Internship

Indo Ocean Project was founded by marine biologists, dive instructors, and ocean enthusiasts from around the globe to create a standardized data collection and research diver training program in Indonesia. We work together with government agencies, NGO’s, communities, and universities to carry out scientific research to address marine conservation issues and conduct ecological monitoring in the Indo-Pacific region.

Our field expeditions in Indonesia hosts international and local research projects focused on marine megafauna and coral reef conservation. The aim of the Indo Ocean Project is to generate high quality scientific data to inform local mangers and stakeholders about the status of Marine Protect Areas (MPA), and to increase marine conservation awareness among the local communities and general public. We combine our research project with a divemaster internship program to allow aspiring marine researchers or dive professionals to gain hands-on experience in a professional environment while completing several internationally recognized certifications.

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.


Project Locations

1 – Penida Project: Located on the island of Nusa Penida off the southeastern coast of Bali in the Lombok Strait. 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 that bring in nutrient-rich waters.

Entry Airport: Denpasar (Bali)

Current Projects: BRUV, roving survey, coral nursery & restoration, coral biodiversity mapping, marine megafauna  identification and population dynamic survey, mangrove restoration, marine debris survey

Partnering dive centre: Reeflex Divers

2 – Bira Project: Located on the southern tip of Sulawesi in a famous shipbuilding community called Bira. This untouched paradise is around a 4-hour drive from Indonesia’s third-largest city, Makasar. Picturesque deserted 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 (Southern Sulawesi)

Current Projects: BRUV, roving survey dives, coral biodiversity mapping, shark & turtle ID, marine debris survey, coral nursery & restoration, marine park management strategy development

Partnering dive centre: Blue Planet Dive Resort


Why Us?


Indonesia is the 4th most populated country in the world, the number one shark fishing nation, and second-largest contributor to ocean plastic pollution. Geographically, Indonesia should have some of the highest biodiversity of predatory species in the world, but the high demand for shark fins and manta ray gill rakers has caused severe overfishing across the country and nearly exhausted the population. This is the front lines of marine conservation efforts. We are able to supply a consistent and quality ecological monitoring program to our partnering Marine Protected Areas (MPA) and local stakeholders. Project’s like Indo Ocean Project exist to fill the gap between marine park officials and the data required to manage them and to help support the development of new protected areas.


About The Internship

Why become a Divemaster?

The Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with your mentoring dive instructor and partnering dive center’s team, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere. As a Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training.

Before you can be a good research diver, you first must be a good diver. Our Divemaster and research diver internship will give you the skills needed to work in marine conservation or the diving industry globally. You will meet like-minded individuals and be able to network with experienced and aspiring marine biologists and organizations from around the world. It is a stepping stone into the industry where you not only do contribute to marine research but learn how to develop and take lead of critical conservation projects

What will you learn?

The Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions with your mentoring instructor, watermanship skills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba activities. In partnership with your research diver internship you will be able to conduct and lead various marine research activities. Learn from award-winning instructors and marine biologists in our global, multi-cultural and inclusive team.

Program Fees

Programmes like Indo Ocean Project are possible because of the generosity of our partners and interns. In order for us to create a worthwhile experience for you, we do require tuition to cover your expenses while on the program.  We have various packages available depending on your current level of diving starting at $355 USD/week with a minimum stay of 4 weeks.

All program fees include all diving related costs (8 dives per week), accommodation, lunch on double diving days (3 times per week), airport pick up, 5 ecology speciality certifications including training materials, program shirt, pre-arrival support, and VISA assistance.

Does not include flight tickets, meals, in-country spending money, travel or dive insurance, professional processing fees, Divemaster training materials, or VISA costs.


Next Steps

For more information on the specific projects, the packages we offer, and what is included please check our website at

Applications are accepted year-round on rolling start dates. However, with limited spaces available we ask you to be as flexible as possible. Spots tend to fill up 6-8 months in advance.

You can apply ONLINE at contact for more information.

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