Fiji Shark Conservation

  • Who?Groups of at least 5
  • When? Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
  • Where? Pacific Harbour, Fiji
Fiji Shark Conservation
Fiji Shark Conservation

Being a Shark Conservation volunteer on a group trip can make a significant difference in the protection and conservation of various shark species. In Fiji, a world-renowned group of islands of sandy beaches and turquoise waters, there is truly the chance of a life-time to work on pioneering shark protection projects alongside respected scientists and shark research experts.

Fiji Shark Conservation
Fiji Shark Conservation

As a volunteer group, this project is for anyone with a true passion for marine wildlife and the great outdoors. The Fiji Shark Conservation Project gives you the opportunity to near to some of the most endangered and mis-understood animals in the world.

As a group on this project, you will be conducting the work of internationally renowned shark research scientists, being directly involved in scientific shark research work, as well as actively working within the local community on mangrove reforestation, recycling and shark education initiatives. Our resident marine biologist and local staff supervise will supervise the group and the conservation work. Projects Abroad also works closely with other local and international marine conservation organisations, including the WWF Global Shark Programme.

Volunteers don’t need any previous diving or shark research experience to take part in the Fiji Shark Conservation Project. However, volunteers need to be able to swim and be medically fit to scuba dive. This project is not available for people who do not want to take part in the diving.

Fiji Shark Conservation
Fiji Shark Conservation

Volunteers who have not dived before receive the PADI Open Water dive course during the first two weeks on the project. Volunteers with an existing dive certification equivalent to the PADI Open Water qualification receive the PADI Advanced course. After the dive course, volunteers will also receive the Project Aware Shark Conservation Diver Course. Those who already have the Advanced certification or higher will receive the Project Aware Shark Conservation Diver Course during their first week, and an extra Shark Feed Dive during their project time.

The project is based in Pacific Harbour, on the south coast of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, just 3 hours from Nadi. While you are volunteering in Fiji, you will stay in an apartment or hostel. While in Fiji, you get a real insight into the island’s culture. Projects Abroad will also arrange a number of excursions and day trips to various places of interest around the island of Viti Levu.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

 

Sample Itinerary

  • First week (Click for details)

    Day DATE TIME ACTIVITY
    1 Sunday   Arrive at Pacific Harbour. Receive dive books for study
    2 Monday 09:00 Breakfast
    10:00 Induction and local orientation
    13:00 Lunch at Uprising Beach Resort
    16:00 Dive course study
    18:00 Dinner
    3 Tuesday 07:00 Group pick up and transfers to Nawaka District
    07:30 Dive course day 1
    12:00 Lunch at dive shop
    17:00 Return to accommodation
    18:00 Dinner
    4 Wednesday 7:00 Breakfast
    7:30 Dive course day 2
    12:00 Lunch at dive shop
    17:00 Return to accommodation
    18:00 Dinner
    5 Thursday 07:00 Breakfast
    07:30 Dive course day 3
    12:00 Lunch at dive shop
    12:00 – 13:30 Return to accommodation
    18:00 Celebration dinner at Baka Blues Cafe
    6 Friday   Day trip to Suva – shopping and sight seeing
    7 Saturday   Beach break! Surf lessons at Beachouse Resort
    18:00 Pizza and movie
  • Second week (Click for details)

    Day DATE TIME ACTIVITY
    8 Sunday 07:00 Breakfast
    08:00 Shark survey workshop
    12:00 Lunch
    12:30 Survey dives
    17:30 Debrief and data entry
    18:00 Dinner
    9 Monday 09:00 Breakfast
    09:30 Tagging workshop
    12:00 Lunch
    13:00 Volunteer shark research assignment
    13:30 – 15:30 Tagging project at river to observe scientists catch and tag juvenile sharks
    19:00 Dinner
    10 Tuesday 08:00 Breakfast
    09:00 Village visit with traditional welcome
    11:00 Mangrove nursery and reforestation with villagers
    12:30 Lunch in village
    15:00 Volunteer shark research presentations
    18:00 Dinner
    11 Wednesday 07:00 Breakfast
    07:30 Survey dives
    13:00 Lunch
    14:00 Shark conservation diver course
    18:00 Dinner
    12 Thursday 07:00 Breakfast
    07:30 Shark dive
    13:00 Lunch
    14:00 Shark dive debrief
    18:00 Celebrate dinner and fire show at Uprising Beach Resort
    13 Friday 08:00 Breakfast
    08:30 Beach clean with school children
    12:00 Lunch
    14:00 Shopping at Arts Village
    18:00 Traditional Lovo dinner cooked underground
    14 Saturday   Leave for Nadi and fly home

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