Eco-Friendly Travel - Sustainable Expeditions - Australia - Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus Island


Be a coral reef surveyor and stay and dive at a real marine research station

Participate in this rare opportunity to stay and dive off Orpheus Island Research Station, Great Barrier Reef.

Get accreditation to dive as coral reef survey-or with Reef Check Australia/International. Earn PADI specialization as coral reef survey diver.

Leafy Sea Dragon - Australia

August 4 - 7, 2012


from AUD $2050 including tax per person


Price includes:

  • Transfers between Townsville/Townsville Airport to Orpheus Island.

  • 3 nights dorm accommodation at Orpheus Island.

  • 4 days dive and training activities, all boat transport, tanks, weights and survey equipment.

  • Training materials

  • All food, community cooking.

  • Professional escort

Prices do not include flights, dive gear rental, travel insurance, alcohol, laundry, WIFI, personal expenses and excess baggage allowance, certification/PIC cards.

All prices are quoted in Australian dollars and are subject to change without notice. Booking conditions apply.


Introduction to Reef Check Australia

Reef Check Australia is an award-winning marine conservation charity responding to the severe threats facing Australia's beautiful coral reefs because there is hope if we take action now! The information that Reef Check Australia’s volunteer divers collect is used by community groups, governments, universities and businesses to de-sign and implement ecologically sound and economically sustainable coral reef management. In addition, Reef Check Australia’s projects stimulate local action to protect and rehabilitate remaining reefs.

Reef Check Australia has a rare exemption allowing its survey trainees to dive on Orpheus Island Marine Re-search Station. After accreditation, you can join any Reef Check International survey around the world.

Pre-trip You will get a course manual to read beforehand. We will also be in touch on your food preferences and recipes!



AM - Pick up from Townsville to be met by a marine re-search vessel at Taylor’s Beach. Enjoy a scenic ride to Orpheus Island through the Great Barrier Reef Marine National Park and its pristine islands. PM Orientation of the marine research station and an introductory session on coral with Reef Check Australia. If tides permit, you will conduct your check out dive and practice reef-friendly diving technique. In the evening, enjoy a community-cooked meal under the stars as each volunteer team gets to serve up their favorite meal!



AM - Theory and practical sessions on coral substrate identification and reef health indicators.

PM - Put your training to a worries! It’s all about mentor-buddy camaraderie at its best.



AM and PM - Now we learn about invertebrates—sea stars, shells, sea cucumbers - and WHY we are monitoring this. Earn your stripes with a final quiz and practical, and get Reef Check accreditation as well as a PADI Coral Reef Survey Diver Specialty under your belt!



AM - A practice survey dive before graduation as a Reef Check Australia qualified surveyor.

NOON - We will then transfer you back to Taylor’s Beach and then onward to Townsville.


Contact our specialists to create your complete Australia dive vacation incorporating this fabulous opportunity or combine with our Whitsundays project for a week of making a difference!



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