Conservation and Fun Dives

Short Term Program2 weeksRp22.950.000*
Long Term Program4 weeksRp39.150.000*

*exclude tax 10%

Program:

  • Conservation Project Design
  • Thresher Shark Conservation
  • Mangrove, Seagrass, and Coral Conservation
  • Waste Management
  • Community Outreach
  • Island Hopping (for long term project)
  • Fun Dives

What’s Included?

  • Field accommodation (AC, hot water, ensuite bathroom, 2 single beds each room)
  • Food (3 meals a day)
  • Airport transfer
  • 1 program shirt
  • 1 thresher shark necklace/bracelet
  • Pre-arrival training materials
  • 10 logged dives
  • Scuba equipment rental
  • All dive boats (speedboat)
  • Snack on boat
  • Alor Marine Park entrance fee
  • Seed funding for your project (for long term program)

Not included in program fees

  • Flights and travel costs
  • Travel and dive insurance
  • Daily spending money

Gain all of the benefits of Conservation 101 plus 10x fun scuba dives! You will also be able to plan and implement your own conservation project through the 4-week Conservation and Fun Dives program. 

Short Term

Day 1: Arrive in Alor before lunchtime. An airport transfer will be arranged to Air Dive, where the participant will stay throughout the program. An introductory briefing about the program and Thresher Shark Indonesia’s team will follow after participants have settled in their respective rooms. Dinner is provided at 07.00 PM.

Day 2: Breakfast at 07.00 AM. The program always starts at 08.00 AM every day. The program starts with a workshop introduction to tropical marine ecosystems, followed by an introduction to Alor’s ecosystem and thresher shark conservation. After lunch, there will be a practical exercise related to the conservation topic discussed before. Daily review and briefing for the next day will be held after dinner.

Day 3: It’s time to explore the underwater world of Alor! In the morning, participants will have to gear up and get ready for 2 fun dives and a short briefing on coral identification. Practical work on coral identification will be conducted during the dives as well. After lunch, participants will have the chance to explore the Alor Besar Village.

Day 4: Participants will have a short briefing about seagrass in the morning and do the fieldwork in Mali, Kabola Village. In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to visit the Kabola Village and get ready for a night dive.

Day 5: Let’s dedicate the whole day to mangrove restoration! A short briefing of mangrove propagules collection and plantation will be conducted after breakfast. Participants will have hands-on experience right after the briefing in Pailelang Village to collect the propagules. Mangrove planting activity will begin after the lunch break.

Day 6: Conservation project development and management. Morning workshops will focus on the foundations of conservation project development followed by some practical work in the afternoon. 

Day 7: A logical framework workshop and practice will be conducted in the morning. In the afternoon, participants will have the chance to evaluate and monitor the existing conservation projects. Afterwards, participants will prepare themselves for a night dive.

Day 8: Another morning for two fun dives! After lunch, participants will have workshops about introduction to socio-economic conditions in Alor, with data collection methods. Right after the workshops, participants will have to design their own data collection method and questionnaire.

Day 9: It’s a day off! Thresher Shark Indonesia’s team will take the participants to explore the land of Alor, from the coastline to the top of the hill. Cultural and culinary tradition tours can be expected on this day. Wind down after several days of theoretical and practical work!

Day 10: Grant types for conservation project workshop will be conducted after breakfast time, followed by proposal writing introductory workshop and practical work. After lunch, participants will be introduced to our ongoing projects and will have the chance to meet the Thresher Shark Champions teams who handle each project.

Day 11: Participants will start the day with two fun dives, followed by the proposal implementation in collaboration with the Thresher Shark Champions in the afternoon. Participants will work alongside the Champions for a project of their choice, whether it is the Mangrove project, Waste Management project, or Thresher Shark project.

Day 12: A whole day dedicated to continue the implementation of the conservation project proposal with the Thresher Shark Champions.

Day 13: Another two fun dives will take place in the morning. After coming back to the dive shop and having lunch, participants will have their last chance to finish their project implementation with the Champions in the village before the final presentation on the next day.

Day 14: It’s the final presentation day! Participants will have to present the final conservation project that they have been working on for the past 12 days to the Thresher Shark Indonesia team. The day will end with the program-closing dinner party!

Day 15: Participants will depart after breakfast at Air Dive.

Long Term

During these additional two weeks, participants will develop and design their own conservation project proposal which is going to be pitched to the Thresher Shark Indonesia’s team, and seed funding will be given for the project implementation. The first week will be dedicated to increase their knowledge of proposal writing and designing conservation projects with further workshops and practical works. Participants will have a longer time to conduct their own conservation project, and they can claim the project as their own by the end of the program.

One day off per week will be given to participants throughout the four-week program.