The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. It is so big it can be seen from outer space! The diversity of biological life on the reef is unparalleled, creating an ecosystem so rich and complex the entire reef has been declared a World Heritage Area. Many of the species found on the Great Barrier Reef are found nowhere else in the world.
Oceans2Earth has teamed up with prominent scuba diving and outer reef operators in Cairns to offer volunteers a Marine Conservation Program conducted on the Reef. The unique dive program is designed for volunteers interested in scuba diving, marine conservation and spending time on the reef. The 6-12 day program caters for both experienced divers and those who have never dived before. You will become a certified diver, spend 3 days learning from a local reef expert and conduct vital health surveys on the reef itself.
Volunteers who prefer to experience the Reef by staying dry can join our Turtle Rehabilitation Project. The project is based at a rehabilitation centre, located on a tropical island off-shore from Cairns in Queensland's far north. The centre treats sick and injured marine turtles brought in from the Great Barrier Reef and Cape York Peninsula. Animals are brought in suffering from 'floaters disease', and injuries caused by boats, discarded fishing gear or ingested plastic that is mistaken for food. The centre relies on volunteers to help provide care to the turtles.