Costs & Dates

Costs

Our marine conservation and community projects wouldn't be possible without our volunteers. The expedition fee you contribute provides essential funding, that goes directly to the project you're on. We are committed to making sure you can see where every penny is spent and the difference it makes. Whether you join us for 2 weeks or 20, the energy, passion and commitment of our volunteers is the driving force of Barefoot Conservation.

Please see below for what is and is not included in your expedition fee.

EXPEDITION FEE - RAJA AMPAT

Barefoot Conservation marine expedition costs

NOTE*THE US AND AUS DOLLAR ($) VALUES IN THE ABOVE TABLE ARE FOR APPROXIMATE INDICATION ONLY, THE UK POUND (£) VALUE IS THE AMOUNT THAT NEEDS TO BE PAID FOR EXPEDITIONS. PLEASE USE WWW.XE.COM TO GET THE UP TO DATE US AND AUS DOLLAR EQUIVALENT VALUES. 

* For divers who are PADI Open Water qualified (or equivalent level with other dive organisation), please add another £120 to the expedition fee for the PADI Advanced Course. (fee does not include  manual or PIC) 

Included in the expedition price :

  • Departure briefing
  • Accommodation on a paradise beach location
  • 3 healthy filling meals a day, including: tea, coffee and filtered water
  • All scuba diving training for non-divers (up to Advanced Open Water)
  • BCD & Regulator hire for duration of your open water course (Open Water Dive Trainee's only)
  • Tanks, air, weights & weight belts (All divers)
  • Comprehensive Science Training Programme
  • All survey and recreational (fun) dives (12 a week in total when possible)
  • Optional FREE PADI Emergency First Response course worth £100 (volunteers must bring own EFR manaul and EFR PIC)
  • FREE Barefoot Conservation T-shirt
  • Taxi from the Meridien Hotel Sorong to the ferry port  *If arriving on expedition start date only!
  • Transfer from Waisai Port to Basecamp
  • 24hr field support staff
  • All community project involvement

For volunteers joining an expedition as a non-diver, a BCD and Regulator will be provided for free during your open water course training. Other equipment you must either bring or rent from Barefoot Conservation is:- mask, snorkel, wetsuit, fins, dive boots, dive slate and dive computer. 

Not Included in the expedition price : 

  • International and Domestic flights
  • In-transit accommodation
  • Ferry costs from Sorong to Waisai and Waisai to Sorong
  • Visas
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Raja Ampat Marine Reserve park fee (1,000,000 IDR, to be paid on arrivial in Waisai)
  • Travel & Diving insurance
  • PADI manuals and Dive Certification (Positive Identification Card-PIC)
  • Personal diving equipment (see our Project Guide for details)
  • Additional dive courses (Rescue and Divemaster courses, including the manuals and PICs)
  • Any personal spending money

 Please see the Personal Expenditure section of our  Project Guide to get an approximate idea of how much each of the above "Not Included" items will cost.

Optional extra costs :

Extra PADI Courses

There will be opportunities for you to do the PADI EFR, Rescue Diver* and Divemaster** courses while on the project. The costs of these courses (excluding PADI manuals and PICs) are :

EFR Course - FREE (however volunteers must bring their own EFR manual and EFR PIC)

Rescue Course* - £200   

Divemaster Course**- £350

Prices are in pound sterling

*In order to complete the PADI Rescue course is it mandatory for the student to have completed the PADI EFR course. This course (worth £100) is offered FREE of charge, however the volunteer must bring their own EFR manual (approx £15) and EFR PIC (approx £15).

**If you are starting the expedition as a non-diver and wish to complete the Dive Master (DM) course we recommend you allow yourself at least a 12 week expedition to enjoy the full benefits and experience offered by the PADI dive master course. However if you are already a PADI AOW diver, the DM course can be done in 7-8 weeks. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the Divemaster course. 

The above course prices do not include the PADI manuals or Personal Id Card (PIC), which PADI have now made mandatory to purchase for all courses. The volunteer MUST bring with them the necessary PADI manuals for the course they wish to undertake. The manuals can be purchased in Indonesia but the prices maybe more expensive then in you home country. The approximate prices of the PADI manuals in the UK are below:- 

PADI manual prices (prices are approximate and in £ pound sterling) :

  • Open Water Manual (includes RDP table) - £30 (Bali price £75 including PIC)
  • Advanced Open Water Manual (includes diving slate) - £25 (Bali price £75 including PIC)
  • Emergency First Response Manual - £15 ( £30 if purchased with the EFR PIC)
  • Rescue Diver Manual - £35 (Bali price £75 including PIC) 
  • Divemaster crew package (includes all course materials and PIC) - £125
  • Personal Identification Card (PIC) - £32 if bought with manual (Online only PIC  £45)
  • EFR Personal Identification Card (PIC) -  £15

* Please note the prices for the above manuals in Indonesia maybe considerably higher!

 

Scuba Equipment Rental

If you are joining our expedition as a non-diver, your expedition fee will include rental of a BCD and Regulator for the duration of your open water course training. Other items you will need to bring are: mask, snorkel, wetsuit, fins, dive boots, dive slate and dive computer. It is however possible to rent some of these items on site, if you do not wish to carry them while on further travels. Rental items may need to be shared between volunteers during busy periods.

The following items are available for rental on-site (costs are per week and in Pounds Sterling £) :

  • Bouyancy Control Device (BCD) - £10
  • Full regulator set (1st, 2nd stage, Octopus and SPG) - £10
  • Mask & Snorkel - £10
  • Wetsuit (Shortie 3mm) - £10
  • Fins & Dive boots - £15
  • Dive Computer* - £20  (£150 refundable deposit (if dive computer returned in same working state) needed)

* For safety reasons, it is now mandatory for all Barefoot Conservation divers to use a dive computer on all dives. If you do not own one, you will need to rent one from us.

If you would like to rent any of the above items for your expedition, please indicate this on your booking form or inform one of our trip advisers, before you go. If you do not do this, we can not guarantee the items you may need, will be available when you arrive on your expedition. 

Dates

Barefoot Conservation expeditions run through out the year and start every four weeks. Please note the different start dates for dive trainee's and qualified divers. 


2017 EXPEDITION DATES - RAJA AMPAT

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We limit the amount of spaces on each expedition so volunteers can get the best possible experience and one-on-one time with out Marine Biologists and Community teams. So make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

2018 EXPEDITION DATES - RAJA AMPAT

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We limit the amount of spaces on each expedition so volunteers can get the best possible experience and one-on-one time with out Marine Biologists and Community teams. So make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Our advantages

  • Please check out the list below, for just a few of the advantages your receive when joining an expedition with us... 

    • Diving in the most bio-diverse area in the world
    • Amazing Community Projects
    • See the difference you make first hand
    • Accommodation on paradise beach location
    • High quality and well serviced scuba diving equipment
    • When possible a qualified doctor/nurse or medic available on site 

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Testimonials

  • Barefoot Conservation will offer me the opportunity to dive some of the most pristine waters in the world, whilst contributing to the marine environment's conservation...bring on my expedition!! 

    Dave Hope-Thomson MSc
  • Barefoot Conservation is leading conservation efforts in one of the Earth's last pristine marine environments, by working not only to assess biodiversity value of the ecosystems but also working with local communities to raise awareness and capacities to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources into the future.  

    Joel Scriven PhD
  • I had an amazing experience during my 8 weeks of volunteering with Barefoot Conservation in Raja Ampat. Barefoot gave me the opportunity to enjoy the local communities culture, teach local children english, through the marine science and survey work I learned a substantial amount about these bio diverse ecosystems while contributing to the conservation of them, and i was also able to dive in some of the most pristine reefs in the world, while living in paradise.  

    Allie Meyers Ex-Vol

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  • I had an amazing experience during my 8 weeks of volunteering with Barefoot Conservation in Raja Ampat. Barefoot gave me the opportunity to enjoy the local communities culture, teach local children english, through the marine science and survey work I learned a substantial amount about these bio diverse ecosystems while contributing to the conservation of them, and i was also able to dive in some of the most pristine reefs in the world, while living in paradise.  

    Allie Meyers Ex-Vol