Thailand SCUBA Conservation
11 Days, 7 Dives
Dive with Purpose
Travel to the stunning beaches, limestone cliffs, and dense jungles of southern Thailand to get your PADI Open Water Scuba Certification, volunteer on marine conservation projects, scuba dive amongst incredible marine life, kayak through mangrove forests, and experience some of the best rock climbing in SE Asia! Want to travel longer? Our Southeast Asia packages allow you to experience 2 countries and up to 4 unique programs on one unforgettable journey!
Highlights of Thailand SCUBA
Get PADI Scuba Certified
Volunteer on coral & shark conservation
Kayak through mangrove forests
Restore coastal ecosystems
Dive in the incredible Andaman Sea
Rock climb on limestone cliffs
Scuba Marine Conservation Itinerary
Trip Commencement: After a warm welcome from your guides as you arrive at the airport, check into your accommodations, enjoy a welcome dinner, and get to know your fellow travelers!
Orientation & Rock Climbing: After an opening orientation from your guides, we’ll rope up for a Mindful Movement Rock Climbing Course! Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned climber, we’ve got routes available for all ability-levels. Our bungalows are tucked beneath some of the best limestone climbing walls in the region, so you can keep practicing throughout the trip. In the afternoon, we’ll get our hands dirty volunteering on permaculture, natural building and zero waste projects.
Days 3-5 (5 Dives)
PADI Open Water Certification (or Advanced or Nitrox training if already OW certified): Begin your PADI Open Water Course with a day in the pool learning fundamental skills and how to use your equipment under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor. Spend the next two days honing your skills and knowledge while diving with your instructor and fellow students off the Aonang Coast. After five dives, you will officially be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver for life!
Note: you will be required to complete the Open Water Theory portion of your course via the PADI eLearning portal prior to your trip. We will send you those details prior to your trip.
Reef First Aid and Monitoring Course: During this course, you will learn the techniques to correctly identify and fix the most common types of coral damage encountered while SCUBA diving, how to correctly remove discarded fishing equipment from the reefs without damaging the existing organisms, and various methods to conduct reef health surveys. You will then go on two SCUBA dives to put these skills into practice and conduct reef health surveys! All data collected will be sent to our partners to support scientific research.
Shark Conservation & Monitoring: After learning about shark evolution, biology and conservation initiatives from shark researchers, we’ll snorkel the vibrant reefs of the Phi Phi islands while observing sharks and other marine life in their natural habitat. As citizen scientists, we will record our observations in a global database that supports shark research and conservation around the world!
Hop in a longtail boat and travel back in time to the quiet fishing villages of Koh Klang island. Here we’ll immerse ourselves in traditional southern Thai culture and support local families and businesses practicing community-based ecotourism. We’ll make our way around the island in rickshaw taxis to try our luck at fishing, bee-keeping, clam-digging, batik painting, and other traditional practices that help to preserve this unique way of life.
Mangrove Kayaking & Conservation: Start the day kayaking through mangrove forests and learning about how critical these ecosystems are to coastal communities and marine life. Along the way, we will collect mangrove seeds and seedlings to transplant at a local mangrove nursery and restoration project that afternoon!
Ocean Ambassadors Program: After an epic week gaining skills, certifications, and hands-on experience to help protect the ocean, it’s time to spread that knowledge and opportunity to local students! We’ll bring local school groups out of the classroom and into the great outdoors to work hard, play hard, and get inspired to protect this beautiful place they call home. That night, we’ll gather for one final night of reflection and celebration with your new GIVE family!
Trip end: All good things must come to an end, but your new friends, memories, and skills will be with you forever. Say your goodbyes and begin the journey back home or on to your next adventure.
Extend Your Trip
Southeast Asia Packages
Volunteer in Thailand with GIVE and immerse yourself in Thai culture and remote hill-tribe villages as you work alongside host community members on our organic farming, reforestation and English education projects. Learn more about GIVE's Thailand Volunteer Trip!!
GIVE’s Thailand Elephant Experience takes you trekking deep into the jungles of Northern Thailand for a unique, eye-opening experience with these gentle giants while learning about elephant conservation. Learn more about GIVE's Elephant Experience Add-On!
GIVE’s Thailand Scuba Conservation trip takes you to breathtaking Southern Thailand to get PADI Open Water Scuba Certified and dive amongst incredible marine life while engaging in marine conservation projects. Learn more about Thailand Scuba Marine Conservation with GIVE!
GIVE’s Laos volunteer trip takes you into the heart of Laos for an authentic cultural experience filled with adventure. Volunteer alongside host community members on wildlife conservation, permaculture, English education projects, and more. Learn more about GIVE's Laos Volunteer Trip!
Southeast Asia Trips & Packages Save $300 - $1,500!
Reserve your spot with a deposit of $595 on one trip, or combine our four unique Southeast Asia adventures to travel for 2-7 weeks and save up to $1,500! The longer you travel, the more you save. All deposits are included in the total trip cost.
Past volunteers get an additional $250 discount!
Don't see your preferred trip combination? Contact us to see if we can make it work.
Thailand. 14-days. $2895
14-days I $2,895 I Package & Save!
December 17 - December 28, 2023
January 2 - January 13, 2024
May 7 - May 20, 2024
May 25 - June 7, 2024
June 12 - June 25, 2024
June 30 - July 13, 2024
July 18 - July 31, 2024
August 5 - August 18, 2024 - Earn academic credit!
Laos. 14-days. $2495
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December 28 - January 8, 2024
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June 8 - June 21, 2024
June 26 - July 9, 2024
July 14 - July 27, 2024
Elephant Experience. 8 days. $1995
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December 28 - January 4, 2024
May 20 - May 27, 2024
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July 31 - August 7, 2024
Scuba Conservation. 11 days. $2795
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Thailand + Laos. 28-days. $4890. Save $500!
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December 17 - January 8, 2024
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Scuba + Laos. 25 days. $4790. Save $500!
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December 28 - January 18, 2024
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Thailand + Elephants. 21 days. $4590. Save $300!
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December 17 - January 4, 2024
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Scuba + Elephants. 18 days. $4490. Save $300!
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May 10 - May 27, 2024
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Elephants + Scuba + Laos. 33-days. $6485. Save $800!
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May 20 - June 21, 2024
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Thailand + Elephants + Scuba. 32 days. $6885. Save $800!
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Thailand + Elephants + Scuba + Laos. 46 days. $8680. Save $1,500!
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May 7 - June 21, 2024
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June 12 - July 27, 2024
Thailand + Laos + Scuba. 33 days. $7185. Save $1,000! (Winter only!)
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December 17 - January 18, 2024
GIVE goes above and beyond for our volunteers, before, during, and after their trip. Dive into all that's included here.
- All accommodations during your trip, which are comfortable with basic amenities and security
- All ground transportation during your trip (not flights)
- All meals and water throughout your stay (a few country-specific exceptions)
- All of your epic adventure and cultural immersion activities
- Funding for volunteer projects
- Dedicated and experienced GIVE and local guides during your trip
- 360-travel support, including customer care, trip preparation materials, trip planning, and Volunteer Profile to manage your trip.
- 24/7 travel support and risk management practices
- Post-trip pathways to remain active and engaged global citizens
Simple put: we care. We care about your experience pre-trip, during your trip, and post-trip. And that's just scratching the surface. See all that's included in your GIVE trip here!
Honestly, pretty much everything outside of pre and post-trip logistics is included, but GIVE and our travel partners will support you! Dive into what's included here.
- Flights to and from Thailand/Laos, along with associated air taxes, ticket fees, and any country entry/exit taxes
- Medical and Travelers Insurance
- Passport and visa (specific to your host citizenship)
- Vaccinations (specific to your host country)
- Souvenirs and Snacks (because everyone has different snack expectations;)
- What's better is what IS included. See all that's included in your GIVE trip here!
* Trip dates are based on Demand. GIVE reserves the right to change program dates
* Winter trips are slightly shorter than summer trips due to school/holiday breaks. Trip costs are the same for all seasons, as we operate smaller group sizes in the winter.
Why volunteer on marine conservation in Thailand?
The reefs are disappearing
Occupying less than 1% of the marine environment, coral reefs are home to more than 25% of all known marine fish species. With more than 27% of coral reefs already destroyed, and the potential to lose most of our world’s corals within the next 30 years, we must act now to protect and regenerate these critically important ecosystems before it’s too late.
Think global. Act local.
Global threats to coral reefs, such as coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and dead zones, must be dealt with by governments around the world. However, we as individuals can also do our part to protect reefs in the places we live and travel. In Krabi, Thailand, we will be working alongside local nonprofits, marine biologists, and businesses to combat the most direct problems facing local reefs
From land to sea
What happens on land can impact marine environments just as much as what happens in the sea. Healthy coastal ecosystems are a critical buffer of protection for communities of coral, marine animals, and even human beings. That’s why we’ll participate in mangrove restoration, seagrass conservation, and regenerative farming projects that aim to maintain a healthy connection between land and sea.