General - Frequently Asked Questions

Q? Where is Raja Ampat


Raja Ampat is in the far east of Indonesia, off West Papua. The region is made up of some 617 paradise islands, many of which are still waiting to be discovered and have coral reefs that have NEVER been dived.

Q? How do I join an expedition


Simply drop us a call or email, which you can find on the "contact us" page, and one of our helpful trip adviser's will guide you through what you need to do to reserve your place on the project.

Q? How long can I spend on an expedition


We recommend a minimum of 4-6 weeks to really get the most out of your experience. The scuba diving and science training normally takes between 2-3 weeks, so it is not until the 4th week that you really get your teeth into the survey diving and community work. However, we understand that not everyone can come for this amount of time due to work commitments or other. So we have devised a shorter program for those who are already qualified divers and only have 2-3 weeks available. These places on the project are limited, so make sure you book early. Volunteers can also extend their stay while on the project from week to week. The longer you stay the cheaper it becomes!

Q? When can I go on an expedition


Due to logistical reasons the start dates for the projects are set through out the year. We provide scuba diving and science training with in the first 3 weeks, for which all long-term volunteers need to be present. However, if you would like to attend our 2-3 week special shortened program these dates are a little more flexible. Please contact one of our helpful trip advisers for more details. For all expedition dates through out 2013/14 please see our "costs & dates" page.

Q? How much does it cost and whats included


Please see our "costs & dates" page for exact details on how much it costs to join an expedition and what is/is not included in the expedition fee.

Q? Where does the money I pay for the expedition go


The majority of the money you paid will go to the day to day running of the project you are on, accommodation, food, fuel and local staff wages. A proportion of it will also go to the community projects you're involved in while on the expedition. So your money may help buy new school books for the local children, building materials for the new community center or vaccinations to protect the villagers against many otherwise deadly diseases.

At Barefoot Conservation we are a true believer in transparency. We want you to know that your money is going directly to the people that need it and that you really are making a difference.

Q? Do I need any extra spending money


While all necessities are provided in the price of the expedition, there are opportunities to purchase the odd luxury like a cold beer or coke to help watch the amazing sunset. The local village also has a small shop where you can buy other goodies like sweets.You may also decide you wish to undertake further scuba diving courses, such as Rescue Diver and Dive Master. Please see the "costs & dates" page for further details on these courses.

Q? If I cancel will I lose all my money


Barefoot Conservation asks for an up front £100 deposit which is non-refundable in all circumstances. It is also very important that you read and sign the Booking Conditions when you pay your deposit. This will guarantee you a place on the expedition. Volunteers who cancel 4 weeks or less before the start of the project will not be refunded at all. Volunteers who cancel before this date will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, but in some circumstances it may be possible to re-book for another date/expedition. In the unlikely event that you are not able to attend an expedition and you have already paid your balance, your travel insurance company should be able to offer you a refund. Please check your policy for more details.


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  • 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