- Who?Groups of at least 5
- When? Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
- Where? Ao Nang, Thailand.
Despite the south-west of Thailand being incredibly popular with tourists, the beautiful karst limestone islands also provide some of the best coral reef ecosystems in the world. These reef systems are abundant in a huge diversity of life and also offer fantastic diving conditions throughout most of the year. However, with such a huge influx of tourists to this region of Thailand, the human effects of over-fishing, pollution and plastic debris are threatening these vulnerable ecosystems.
The Krabi Province has some of the oldest remaining mangrove and lowland forests in the whole of Thailand. Coral reefs and mangrove forests are part of the same eco-system. Many of the creatures essential to the coral reef start their life-cycles in mangrove swamps. The continued deforestation of the mangroves and the lowland forests in this area leads to landslides, run off into the ocean, flooding, water shortages and has an effect on tourism and the economy. Soil erosion from widespread land clearing can send tons of silt downstream. Sediment clouds the water, blocking sunlight, and settles on reefs, suffocating the organisms and destroying the eco-system.
Our volunteers play a crucial role in studying and preserving these reefs, educating children about conservation, removing debris from reefs and beaches, and replanting mangroves to provide nurseries to juvenile fish and to protect the coastlines from soil erosion.
Groups will be met by one of our staff members in Krabi, just 20km from Ao Nang where our Conservation project is based. The first part of the project will be training you to scuba dive on a four-day Open Water course. In the initial stages when you are in shallow water, you will learn how to breathe, clear your mask and equalise pressure. You will also become familiar with the buddy system and underwater sign language.
Once you have qualified, your efforts are rewarded as you descend into a stunningly clear underwater world of tropical fish, turtles, sea urchins and corals that you never knew existed. By analysing reef damage and fish populations, you play a part in conserving this precious ecosystem off the coast of South West Thailand. You will also help with a beach clean-up and take part in some mangrove reforestation work.
Volunteers on this project can get involved in a wide variety of activities, such as:
- Reef Check Surveys
- Dive Against Debris Surveys
- Ocean Conservancy Data Collection
- Mangrove Reforestation Work
- Community Outreach and Education
- Beach clean-ups
You will return home with a universally recognised qualification, a wealth of diving experience and the knowledge that you have made a useful contribution to the preservation of a wonderful marine ecosystem – as well as some great memories of Thailand.
We will train you up to PADI Open Water standards, helping you to learn the fundamental theoretical and practical aspects of diving. As a PADI certified diver you can participate fully in the underwater conservation work. All volunteers staying for four weeks or more complete the PADI Projects Abroad Survey Diver Distinctive Specialty Course.
Projects Abroad Thailand is based in Ao Nang near Krabi, a 1-hour flight south of Bangkok, on the Andaman Sea coast. Thailand is a stunning country with lots to see, including pristine beaches, exotic food and golden temples and the Thai people are world renowned for their friendliness. Thailand is a great introduction to South East Asia and is a popular and exhilarating country in which to volunteer abroad.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
First week (Click for details)
Day No. Weekday Time Activity 1 Sunday Depending on Time of Arrival Arrival to Krabi
Settle in accommodation.
Relax at resort and read dive books.
Breakfast at Ao nang Tropical resort, Lunch
2 Monday 09:30 – 11:00 Induction 11:00 – 15:00 Ao Nang for orientation, register and prepare kit at Dawn of Happiness and Lunch 15:00 – 18:00 Read dive books and watch Open Water DVD 18:30 Dinner 3 Tuesday 6:30 – 07:15 Breakfast at Ao-Nang tropical 07:20 Leave Ao nang Tropical 07:30 – 17:00 Dive courses Packed lunch provided 18:30 Dinner 4 Wednesday 6:30 – 07:15 Breakfast at Ao-Nang tropical 07:20 Leave Dawn of Happiness 07:30 – 14:00 Dive courses Packed lunch provided on boat 14:00 – 18:00 Environmental Presentations and study for dive exam 18:30 Dinner 5 Thursday 6:30 – 07:15 Breakfast at Aonang tropical resort 07:20 Leave Dawn of Happiness 07:30 – 17:00 Dive courses. Packed lunch provided on boat. 18:30 Passing Dive Course Celebration Dinner in Ao Nang Thai BBQ . 6 Friday 05:30 - 06:00 Breakfast at Ao-Nang tropical 06:15 Leave Ao-Nang tropical 09:30 – 13:30 Arrive Phuket Marine Biological Centre Turtle Rehabilitation Project. Packed lunch provided at project. 13:30 Educational tour of Aquarium. 14:30 Shopping in Phuket 16:30 Leave Phuket, dinner on the road. 19:30 Arrive Ao Nang Tropical 7 Saturday 09:00 Breakfast at Ao Nang tropical. 11:30 Leave Ao Nang Tropical. 12:15 Visit to Laying Buddha Temple 13: 00 Lunch Chiang Mai Noodles Restaurant 15:00 Visit to Tiger Cave Temple 16:30 Tour around Krabi Town 17:30 – 19:00 Dinner at Krabi Walking Street Night Market
Second week (Click for details)
Day No. Weekday Time Activity 8 Sunday 10:00 Brunch at Sandwich Market Restaurant, followed by walk around Ao-Nang beach fruit smoothies at last fisherman 12:00 – 16:00 Activity Cooking Class, return to Ao-Nang tropical 17:30 Leave Ao Nang tropical Sunset Dinner - Pizza at Longtail Bar and Restaurant 9 Monday 07:30 – 08:15 Breakfast at Ao Nang Tropical 08:30 Briefing 08:45 Leave Ao Nang Tropical 10:00 Mangrove reforestation work Lunch on site 15:30 Return to Ao Nang Tropical 16:00 – 18:00 Environmental Presentations and Reef Check Practice 18:30 Dinner, Beach Cinema Night at Ao-Nang tropical 21:00 Leave Dawn of Happiness head to Ao Nang Tropical 10 Tuesday 06:30 – 07:15 Breakfast at Ao Nang Tropical 07:20 Leave Ao Nang Tropical 07:30 – 14:00 Reef Check Survey Practice Dives Packed lunch provided on boat 15:00 – 15:30 Debriefing and dive logs 15:30 – 18:30 Relax at Ao Nang Tropical 18:30 Dinner 11 Wednesday 06:30 – 07:15 Breakfast at Ao-Nang tropical 07:20 Leave Dawn of Happiness 07:30 – 14:00 Dive Against Debris Survey Dive Packed lunch provided on boat. 15:00 – 15:30 Debriefing, dive logs and data entry 16:30 – 18:00 Thai massage. 18:00 Dinner at Boat Noodle in Ao Nang 12 Thursday 06:30 – 07:15 Breakfast at Ao Nang Tropical 07:20 Leave Ao Nang Tropical 07:30 – 14:00 Reef Check Survey Dives Packed lunch provided on boat. 15:00 – 15:30 Debriefing, dive logs and data entry 15:30 – 18:30 Relax at resort 18:30 Dinner 13 Friday 07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast at Aonang Tropical 08:30 – 18:00 Community Outreach Day 18:00 Dinner with All staff 14 Saturday Depending on Time of Departure Meals and relax at Aonang Tropical
Ao Nang shopping
Departures to airport