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Marine Conservation - Andaman Islands

Marine Conservation - Andaman Islands (YAIE13)

Country Visited: India
Days Grading Style Activities Price from
7
Guided
  • Diving
  • Wildlife
  • Local & Cultural
₹ 50000 Basic
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Experience

With over 70% of the World’s coral reefs under threat and over 2000 marine species listed as endangered, there is no better time to gain a better understanding of marine conservation, the challenges faced, and what we can do to make a difference. 
During the course of this program we will be working on restoring and rehabilitating coral reefs in the Andamans, working with local school kids to get a better understanding of their perspective and how the local communities are working on the conservation projects, visiting the mangroves to learn how these are essential to marine life and biodiversity in the region. You will, of course, also be doing the PADI Open Water SCUBA diving course and will come away from this programs as certified divers (those under 15 at the time of the course will get a PADI Junior certification)! Once we have the certifications we will head out for dives on various coral reefs, work on fish ID and gain an understanding on how each of these species is important to the gauging the health of our oceans. 
The program is divided into two parts - The SCUBA diving course and the marine conservation internship. All days will be a combination of both aspects with diving for one half of the day and the internship for the other half of the day. Once the course is over, you can expect to do some research dives and spend more time on the conservation aspect of the program. 

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO ACHIEVE FROM THIS TRIP
  • Get your PADI Open Water Diver Certification 
  • Learn about Island Biogeographical systems and species adaptions
  • Snorkel in beautiful reefs whilst collecting vital coral bleaching data
  • Interact with the local community and work with a local school 
  • End your days with project reports, group presentations / discussions but also laughter & fun stories
  • Return with a certificate (issued jointly by Active Holiday Company and Reefwatch) that looks good on college applications and your CV

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at Port Blair and Transfer to the project Open or Close

On arrival at Port Blair Airport we will be picked up and transferred to the project location at Chidiya Tapu.
On the agenda for today is an introduction to the work we will be doing during the course of the week and the safety briefing.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

Day 2
Dive Theory & Island Biogeography Open or Close

We jump right into it on our first day with a day of dive theory and a visit to the Biological Park to learn about the biogeography of the Island.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
Diving - Theory & Practical Open or Close

With a firm grasp on the theory from the day before, today will be a combination of the first two confined water dives and videos on dive theory.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
Diving & Coral Reef Study Open or Close

Today will be a combination of learning more about the coral reefs, creating presentations of the reefs in the Andaman Islands and finishing the your last three confined water dives for the Open Water Certification.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
Forest & Beach Day Open or Close

With the confined water sessions behind us, we head off on a forest trek this morning. Assisted by a map, we will work in teams to note down all the plants and animals we find in each section of the map.
This afternoon is a session on how oceans work followed by a fun raft building session!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Diving & Intertidal Activities Open or Close

After the break from diving yesterday, we head out for the Open Water sessions today. During the course of the dives you will be learning about the different fish and their significance in the ocean.
Later today we head to the mangroves for an intertidal walk to observing and understanding the adaptations that are necessary to survive in an ever changing environment.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
Departure Open or Close

The trip of a lifetime comes to an end after breakfast today. We head to the airport for our flights back home.
Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


 Start Date  End Date   Price Per Person   PADI Open Water Certification 
 15 April 2019  21 April 2019   Rs. 50,000   Rs. 25,000 
 
  • Price does not include 5% GST
  • Rooms are on quad sharing.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Shared rooms with attached facilities
  • Daily housekeeping services and 24-hour support from the Project Coordinators
  • Services of an Active Holiday Company Tour Leader on the trip
  • Snorkelling on the coral reefs 
  • Volunteer work in local community projects
  • Certificate for Conservation & Community Development Volunteer Work to boot University Applications & your CVs

Exclusions

  • The exact inclusions on your trip are detailed on every trip page.
  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Terms & Conditions

For those doing the PADI Open Water Certification, it is mandatory that you finish the theory and confined water sessions before the start of the trip.
Our partners will be able to conduct these sessions for you in either Bangalore or Mumbai. If you are based in a different city and travelling to either Bombay or Bangalore for 3-4 days is not feasible, please let us know and we can try to find you an alternate. 
Please put aside a total of 4 days for these sessions - this can be split across 2 weekends any time up to 4 weeks before the date of departure.  
Once you have registered for the program we will send you all the details of these sessions. 
For those electing not to do the PADI Open Water certification, your trip will be just as meaningful and you will have the chance to do some snorkelling. The Andaman Islands have incredible marine life and you will be able to see and study a lot of this while snorkelling.  

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