Marine Conservation & Diving Certification

Thailand | Minimum Age - 14 years

Start this exciting program in marine conservation with the PADI Open Water SCUBA diving course and become crusaders of coral reefs & marine species that are under threat through research dives and other conservation work. This comprehensive program addresses a plethora of critical issues in understanding marine conservation. Working closely with Reef Check you’ll learn about biodiversity and abundance of the fish, invertebrate, and coral species in the region. You will also work with the experts to build artificial reefs and give time to community work such as dive site or beach clean-ups. The island of Koh Tao also has some recycling projects that offer local insights on conservation projects at the grass-root level. Work on fish ID and season permitting, even some turtle research and data collection too.

What can you expect to achieve from this trip
  • Get your PADI Open Water Diver Certification
  • Undertake Research Dives for data-collection and artificial reef building
  • Engage in dive site and beach clean ups as part of community work
  • Learn to identify varied fish species and their role in the eco-system
  • Turtle Research & Data Collection (season permitting)
  • 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 Eco Koh Tao and DoTheDifferent

Trip Highlights

Marine Conservation
PADI Open Water Diving Certification
Coral Reef Conservation
Ocean & Beach Cleaning
Community Work
Local Cultures
Discuss, Report, Present, Share


Arrive at Koh Tao and Transfer to the project

On arrival at Koh Samui Airport we will be picked up and transferred to the project location at Koh Tao. This is a short ferry ride away.

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 & Practical; Orientation

We jump right into it on our first day with a day of dive theory and practicals as well as an orientation session. Learn more about the many conservation programs being conducted on the island and the role we are going to play in them during the course of the internship program.

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

Open water dives

This is our first foray into the open water. This is your chance to put all the diving skills we’ve learned so far to use! On these dives we get a first-hand view of the marine ecosystem and a chance to learn more about the importance of each species in maintaining the ecological balance.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PADI Open Water Certification

Today we all become certified Open Water Divers with the last assessment dives and theory exam.

Later, we celebrate this achievement with an evening of working with the other volunteers on various conservation projects.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Recycling projects & Structure build for artificial reef

We start our work on two high impact, exciting projects - building structures for the artificial reefs around the island and working on a recycling project. With no recycling facilities on the Island, both these projects are absolutely vital to the health of the oceans.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Beach Clean & Dive Site Clean Up

Today is another exciting day with the first half spent on a beach clean-up and the second half on a dive site clean-up. The site for the underwater clean-up changes every month and the goal of the clean-ups is to protect the reefs from structural damage and improve the condition of the beaches and dive sites.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Coral Watch presentation & CoralWatch Dives

Learn more about the threat faced by coral reefs in Thailand and across the world. Like many parts of the world, the economy on Koh Tao is reliant upon our natural reef areas and the visitors they bring. This among others, is one of the primary reasons why so much more effort needs to go into saving the reefs. Today we will help with research geared to understanding which corals survive better and trying to promote these for future artificial reef projects. In this way, with our changing environment we may be better suited to assist the reef in coping with the changes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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

Marshall Thomas

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.


What flights should I book? Open or Close

Flights are not included in your trip price. Should you like to travel on the same flight as our Trip Leader from India, we suggest the following flights ex-Bangalore:

Monday SQ-503 BLR 23:05 SIN 06:10 (next day)
Tuesday SQ-5062 SIN 08:10 USM 08:55
Wednesday SQ-5063 USM 11:50 SIN 14:55
Wednesday SQ 502 SIN 20:05 BLR 21:50

You are welcome to book other flights if you find them suitable, however please aim to arrive and depart within 1 hour of the above group arrival and departure from Koh Samui to ensure the Trip Leader can personally receive and see you off.

What is the accommodation like? Open or Close

The accommodations during this trip will be in shared dorms and all washrooms will be on sharing basis. While the Trip Leader is residing at the same place, it is imperative that you respect the rules set down for your security and do not leave the property without the group at any time.

What if I want to opt out of the Scuba Diving Certification? Open or Close

This trip is designed with research work and learning that is based on diving activities. If you are not comfortable diving, we suggest that you consider our Marine Internship program in the Andamans where diving is optional.

Can I do the Scuba Diving course even if I don’t know how to swim? Open or Close

Yes, you can go diving even if you do not know how to swim.

How safe are the islands we are visiting on this trip? Open or Close

The island of Koh Tao is safe for travellers and the participants will be staying at lodges of the Marine Conservation organization. We take the safety of our participants seriously and our Trip Leader will set down the dos and don’ts of the trip right at the start of the trip. The participants are required to follow all the guidelines laid down by DoTheDifferent representatives and its partners for their own safety. Participants are forbidden from leaving the premises unaccompanied at any time and we have a zero tolerance policy towards behavior that risks participants own or others safety.

Will vegetarian food be easily available? Open or Close

Local food is included on this trip and though limited, Thai food includes vegetarian options. Since the food is likely to be local style, we strongly recommend that you keep an open mind and a flexible attitude to make the experience more fun for you. If you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies, do inform us prior to the trip itself so that we can see how we can meet your needs.

Is there any special documentation needed to obtain a visa for Thailand? Open or Close

All Indians entering Thailand need to hold a valid visa. Though visa on arrival is possible, we strongly recommend that you get your visa before you start the trip. Travellers below the age of 18 travelling as unaccompanied minors require special documentation. You may also may require documentation relating to the person receiving the participants at the destination. Visa is granted at the consulates discretion.

What if I already have a PADI Open Water Diving Certification? Open or Close

If you already have a PADI Open Water Diving Certificate you can either get your PADI Advanced Open Water Certification (no reduction in price) or you can start with the artificial reef building and Eco Dives while the rest of the group does their PADI Open Water Diving Certification (there is a Rs.15,000 reduction in price for those taking this option)


Start Date End Date
14 May 2019 22 May 2019
25 June 2019 03 July 2019

Why Us

  • Life is an adventure

    Discover, appreciate and understand the world you live in
  • Global Exposure

    An insight into unconventional opportunities
  • Develop New Skills & Interests

    Many that can’t be taught in an ordinary classroom
  • Learn first-hand from the experts

    Get access to specialists and leaders in their field
  • Comprehensive Personality Development

    Independence, Team Building & Leadership
  • Authentic Cultural Exchanges & Community Work

    Meaningful experiences that make a difference
  • Meet like-minded Youth

    From all over India and at times the world
  • 100% Safe Environment

    Self-discovery & Growth in a secure environment
  • Internship & Participation Certificate

    Value Addition to College Applications with the Certificate