Marine Conservation - Andaman Islands

Andamans, India | Minimum Age - 14 years

With over 70% of the World’s coral reefs and over 2000 marine species under threat, there is no better time to gain a better understanding of marine conservation, the challenges faced, and what we can do to make a difference. This program, delivered in partnership with Reefwatch, is aimed at restoring and rehabilitating coral reefs in the Andamans. We’ll visit mangroves to learn how these are essential to marine life and biodiversity in the region and in protecting us against natural disasters. We will also work with local communities to understand their perspective on how they strike the balance between their livelihoods and conservation.

This program offers an optional PADI Open Water SCUBA diving course and those who are certified as divers can expect to do some research dives as part of the conservation work.

Those opting for the PADI Open Water SCUBA Diving Course need to complete the theory before the trip.

What can you expect to achieve from this trip
  • Learn about Bio-geographical systems and species adaptions in this region
  • Snorkel in beautiful reefs whilst collecting vital coral bleaching data
  • Learn how oceans work and the impact of dumping waste & plastic on the ecosystem
  • Intertidal walk of the mangroves typical to this region
  • Raft building session
  • Interact with the local community and work with a local school
  • Get your PADI Open Water Diver Certification (Optional)
  • New experiences in a safe, secure environment and an opportunity to acquire skills - independence, interdependence, and personality development.
  • Get rewarded with an Internship certificate from Reefwatch and DoTheDifferent

Trip Highlights

Marine Conservation
Coral Reef Conservation
Intertidal Walk of the Mangroves
Community Work
Local Cultures
Optional PADI Open Water Diving Certification
Discuss, Report, Present, Share

Itinerary - 7 Days

Arrive at Port Blair and Transfer to the project

On arrival at Port Blair Airport we will be picked up and transferred to the project location at Chidiya Tapu.

On the agenda for today is an introduction to the work we will be doing during the course of the week and the safety briefing.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Dive Theory & Island Biogeography

We jump right into it on our first day with dive theory and a visit to the Biological Park to learn about the biogeography of the Island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Diving - Theory & Practical

With a firm grasp on the theory from the day before, today will be a combination of the first two confined water dives and videos on dive theory.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Diving & Coral Reef Study

Today will be a combination of learning more about the coral reefs, creating presentations of the reefs in the Andaman Islands and finishing the last of your three confined water dives for the Open Water Diving Certification.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Forest & Beach Day

With the confined water sessions behind us, we head off on a forest trek this morning. Assisted by a map, we will work in teams to note down all the plants and animals we find in each section of the map.

This afternoon is a session on how oceans work followed by a fun raft building session!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Diving & Intertidal Activities

After the break from diving yesterday, we head out for the Open Water sessions today. During the course of the dives you will be learning about the different fish and their significance in the ocean.

Later today we head to the mangroves for an intertidal walk to observe and understand the adaptations that are necessary to survive in an ever changing environment.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departure

The trip of a lifetime comes to an end after breakfast today. We head to the airport for our flights back home.

Meals: Breakfast

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Expert on this trip

Mehvash Arslan

Marshall Thomas

It took Marshall less than six months of working for a tech firm to figure out that he was as far away from his calling as he could be. From there started his journey in the travel industry and he’s never looked back. He spent a happy number of years living in the Andamans working as a Tour Manager for a resort at Havelock Islands where he mastered the skill of people managing. His personal interests range from permaculture to playing the guitar. He loves to read and write but insists that he doesn’t read what he writes!

What's Included

Arrival and departure transfers at the destination at specified timings. Our team will help you with the details for your trip.

Safe, secure and fun accommodation at hostels, lodges & camps on shared basis - separate for girls and boys.

All meals. Breakfasts are continental style with cereal, toast, jam, butter. Picnic style lunches and hot dinners with snacks available on most days.

An experienced Internship Leader from the #DoTheDifferent team who travels from India and stays with the group at all times.

Meaningful experiences to introduce you to practical exposure on the subject of your interest.

Certificate for the valuable real experience and knowledge you have gained to boost University Applications & your CV.

FAQs

What flights should I book? Open or Close

Flights are not included in your trip. When booking flights, please keep in mind that you need to arrive in Port Blair before 12 noon on day one. Should the connectivity from your destination not allow this, please arrange to arrive the night before. We can help with the extra night accommodation (at a nominal cost). The Trip Leader from DoTheDifferent will be in Port Blair a day before the trip starts.

What is the accommodation like? Open or Close

You will be staying at a lovely, eco-friendly lodge with private facilities, on multi-share basis. The Trip Leader will also be staying at the same place.

Do I need to know how to swim to do this trip? Open or Close

No, you do not need to know how to swim to enjoy or learn from this trip. Even if you are opting for the diving course, you need not know how to swim.

What do I need to do to do the optional Suba Diving Certification on this trip? Open or Close

Once you opt for the optional Scuba Diving Certification, you will be required to go through the theory training at your city before joining this trip. This will help you save time and get down to practical application and diving when you are in the Andamans. We will provide you with details of the places you can do the theory from in your city after you register

How will my time be planned if I am not opting for the diving course? Open or Close

The schedule for the marine conservation internship is the same irrespective of whether you are opting for the diving or not. During your time at the island there will be some sessions where participants will be either scuba diving or snorkeling, depending on what they have opted for. Apart from this, the schedule will be the same for all participants.

Do I need any special documentation to travel to the Andaman Islands? Open or Close

There are no special documents required for Indians to travel to Andaman Islands.

Dates

Start Date End Date
15 April 2019 21 April 2019
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