Thailand | Minimum Age – 14 years | Difficulty Level – 4

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 experts 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
  • 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 #DoTheDifferent

Trip Highlights

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

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.


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:


Saturday TG 326 BLR 00:30 BKK 09:40
Saturday TG 7024 BKK 08:30 USM 09:40


Saturday TG 5925 USM 15:30 SIN 16:45
Saturday TG 325 SIN 21:20 BLR 23:25

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.

The accommodations during this trip will be in shared rooms 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.

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.

No. Since this is a diving certification program you need to know to swim. Also, as a part of the diving examination you are required to swim 200 meters & float for 10 minutes.

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.

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.

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.

If you already have a PADI Open Water Diving Certificate you can either get your PADI Advanced Open Water Certification (recommended) 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. Please contact our team for details.


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