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Welcome to DiVo

Dive Volunteers doing reef restoration in Bali

DiVo is an Australian-based non-profit organisation whose aim is to bring recreational divers to the world of volunteer diving in marine conservation and research causes.

For a scuba diver who wants to:

  • go beyond the usual recreational diving or liveaboard experience
  • see first-hand what research institutes and government agencies do in research and conservation
  • enjoy this as part of a holiday without committing to a gap year break

That’s where DiVo comes in. We identify activities suited to the recreational diver looking to be a volunteer diver in the world of marine research and conservation. We bring you to the activity.

And through the DiVo website, we hope to aggregate a one-stop shop so that the recreational diver can easily find out more about the volunteer marine conservation and research groups out there.

This way, more recreational divers get introduced to marine conservation and research. And the dive voluntourist will have a dive with a difference to make a difference.

GOT YOU INTERESTED?  Well, for starters, how about going to Bali to help a village move away from cyanide fishing to sustainable netting, and rebuilding their coral reef by hand?

Read more about this on The Story of Les Village and How to Build a Coral Reef, Balinese Style.

Through volunteer work, we got to find out a little about the two species of manta rays, with the rarer being the transoceanic giant Manta Birostris. Off Baja Mexico, DiVo was treated to closeups not only the giant manta, but whalesharks and amazingly, mating dolphins in the wild! Check out this video. And read the blog.

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This is a running account of people, things, events worth remarking here in Les Village. It will be updated continously. ------------------------ 28...
We host in this section the previous postings on voluntourism that Ms. Elaine Kwee made before this website was donated to Sea Communities.  How...
How you can help? You can sign up and come to Les Village as a voluntourist. If you do not have the time, you can still help the project 3 ways: (a)...
Scuba divers, snorkelers, ocean lovers, eco-tourists, casual tourists, and everyone else with time and resources to spare, let's bring voluntourism...
Les Village fishermen netting ornamental fish
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Planting a Reef Ball
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Garbage in, Garbage out It’s a windy day. A plastic bag has just whipped over my garden, flown over the fence and will land in the harbour. One day...
4-7 August 2012 Great Barrier Reef Orpheus Island Research Station Coral Survey Program. This is a rare opportunity to stay and dive off Orpheus...
Lord Howe Island Volunteer Marine Conservation Diving
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