7 Days / 7 Nights Volunteer Science & Community Expedition

 

Barefoot Conservation are now able to offer an amazing opportunity for volunteers who have taken part in our land based project, and completed the Science Training Programme, to join our liveaboard 'science research & community' expeditions in Raja Ampats Central, North and South locations.

 

 

The below expedition trips are only open to volunteers who have completed the 2 week Science Training Programme on our land based Raja Ampat project. Which is why these expedition trips are a lot lower in price than the normal liveaboard trips.

 

 

By joining one of these remote liveaboard expeditions, volunteers will be contributing to Barefoot Conservations science research and community programmes, through Reef Check and Manta Ray surveys, plus various community projects (Education, Health Care & Waste Management), while getting to fun dive some of the worlds best remote dive sites in Raja Ampat.

 

 

All profits from these trips go directly towards the conservation work and community projects Barefoot Conservation runs through our Indonesian Yayasan Foundation (same as a UK Charity), called "Jejak Kaki Konservasi"


Jejak Kaki Konservasi translates to "Footprint Conservation", and at least one Marine Biologist and Community Liaison Officer from the Yayasan and/or from Barefoot Conservation will be on the below liveaboard expeditions, to run the Reef Check and Manta Surveys, and community projects in some of the remote villages in Raja Ampat.


Volunteers will get to undertake Reef Check and Manta Ray surveys each week day with our resident Marine Biologists, and then have the weekend for fun diving. 


The volunteers money from these trips will go toward the science research and toward community projects in the more remote villages in Raja Ampat, that get little to no money from local government or tourism. These project will range from improving education (teaching in the schools) & health care (running health clinics) to building kindergartens, raising awareness on marine conservation and improving waste management.

 

 

The below map is a rough outline only, of the route taken on the 7 Day volunteer trips. The route may change, due to weather and/or other logisital reason. The final route is at the discretion of the Cruise Director on baord.

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Cost & Dates

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7 Days / 7 Nights Volunteer Science & Community expedition itinerary

 

 

Day 1 (Wednesday)

Your first day will start at 7am as you depart the Barefoot Conservation basecamp on Arborek Island to join our boat the Ratu Laut, just off the islands main jetty. Upon arriving on the boat the staff will help you get settled in to your air conditioned rooms, and your have a healthy breakfast as the boat heads west to Penemu and the Fam Islands.

We will be aiming to dive the famous Melissa garden dive site for the first dive, where you will do a Reef Check survey. Here you will see some of the best hard coral reef in Raja Ampat. The site is rich in underwater biodiversity: thousands of tiny reef fish, black tips, wobbegong sharks, pygmy seahorses, and much more.

For the second dive, we move to around the Kerou Chanel area to do another Reef Check survey dive. It features a very nice reef, huge sea fans, and wonderful soft corals which are very good for macro. Though, some bigger marine life can pass us out in the blue.

After the dives you will get a chance to visit the Bintan Lagoon viewpoint to get some amazing scenic photographs, before heading to either Pam or Saukabu villages to take part in one of our local community programmes.

After this we start our 6-7hr night crossing up to the north to Kawe Island, one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.

 

Day 2 (Thursday)

For day two we dive around Kawe Island, starting around the 3 famous islands called Eagle Rock with their stunning reefs and big fish soup, if we are lucky. The main reason to dive here is to see Manta Rays coming in to get cleaned at the cleaning stations around the rocks. For this dive you will be joined by our Manta Ray Marine Biologist, and take part in a manta ray survey. On the dive we will hope to ID as many manta rays as we can.

On the second dive, we move over to Black Rock, one of the best coral reefs in the north of Raja Ampat. Here you will take part in a Reef Check survey dive. This site has nice soft coral reefs and a crazy amount of different schooling fish, it is great for pygmy seahorses, turtles plus black tip reef sharks. Going a bit deeper, we may see big marble rays and/or manta rays passing by in the shallow areas.

After the diving, we will visit Salio village to take part in one of our local community programmes, before mooring up inside the stunning Alyui Bay for a night dive. Before diving here, prepare your camera and macro lens for some muck diving. The underwater view of Alyui Bay is perfect for your macro and wide-angle lenses to capture diverse marine life like nowhere else.

 

Day 3 (Friday)

For the morning of day 3 we will do two Reef Check survey dives in the Alyui Bay area, starting the dive around ‘channel #5’. This site has amazing topology, big schools of sweetlips, and fusiliers. White tip sharks sleep under the big rock, and pygmy seahorses are here and there. Here, we can also encounter dolphins, so keep an eye out for them upon going up to do your safety stop.

We will then stop in Selpele village so volunteers can take part in one of our local community programmes.

 

 

Day 4 (Saturday)

Saturday is our fun diving day with no science surveys to be done. You will do 3 fun dives today, and the Dive Instructors and Divemasters on the boat will decide which dive sites to dive. There are so many amazing dive sites in the north of Raja Ampat to choose from. You could dive any of the following Pulau Wofoh, Pulau Manar, Pulau Ronsuar or any of the dive sites around Pulau Batangpele.

All of these dive sites have amazing soft and hard coral coverage with plenty of marine life around. Expect to see plenty of grey reefs sharks, white/black tip reef sharks, wobbegong sharks, tunas, Spanish mackerel and big schools of fish.

If time permits we may visit one of the local villages of Waisili, Manyaifun, Biansi or Mutus.

The day will end watching an awesome sunset on a deserted white sandy beach with a cold beer, and BBQ.

 

 

Day 5 (Sunday)

Sunday is our no diving day, but that doesn’t mean you wont get to see the awesome coral reefs and marine life in and around Meos Manggara. After a slightly later breakfast your get the chance to visit one of the many deserted sandy beaches in the area to relax, read a book, sunbath and snorkel.

Lunch will either be served on the beach or back on the Ratu Laut, before heading to another local village to check out the local culture of Manggara village.

As the sun sets, we will have dinner while cruising over to Kabui Bay,where we will moor up for the night.

 

 

Day 6 (Monday)

For the first dive of the day we will do a Reef check survey dive around Kabui bay. Here you can see schooling barracuda, Lionfish, Angelfish, turtles and of course beautiful soft corals and bommies. This will be followed by a visit to ‘Hidden Bay’, where we will have lunch. Once through the narrow entrances to Hidden Bay, we cruise along a narrow channel with coral reefs and baby sharks, winding through a maze of rock islands and small bays.

After lunch we will head off for the second dive of the day at the world famous ‘Passage’ dive site. This unique dive site is unlike anywhere else in Raja Ampat, a narrow passage of water that runs between Gam and Waigo islands. Either side of the winding passage are beautiful limestone cliffs, the nutrient rich waters host a wide variety of marine biodiversity. The current through the passage moves fairly rapidly, so you will drift nicely along, through the shallows seeing turtles, bumphead parrot fish, giant trevally and maybe some reef sharks or a ray if lucky. To the sides of the passage are mangrove lined cliffs that macro divers will love.

Later in the afternoon we will visit Kabui village to take part in one of our local community programmes.

 

 

Day 7 (Tuesday)

Today we head to The Yangeffo Islands for our first Reef Check survey dive of the day. The area is very good, with a great mix of macro and bigger marine life. The reef here slopes down to 15 meter, where you hit a sandy area. Here you can see flamboyant cuttlefish, robust ghost pipefish, ornate ghost pipe fish, decorator crabs, nudibranches, shrimps, and frogfishes if you are lucky. Both eagle and manta rays have been spotted here in the past.

After a stop around Yangeffo, we’ll continue the trip for our last dive of the trip around Gam Island. The famous ‘citrus ridge’ dive site (named after its brightly colored orange & yellow corals), has a huge abundance of fish to see. Stunning coral garden, yellow soft corals, schooling barracudas, sweetlips, tunas, Spanish mackerel, nudibranches, pygmy seahorses, frogfishes, and others. Here we will do one last Reef Check survey dive, before heading back towards Arborek Island. Your last night on the boat will be spent off Arborek Island, and the next morning you will rejoin the Barefoot Conservation basecamp, or depart for Waisai if at the end of your expedition with Barefoot.