Explore this tropical ecosystem on the enchanting Indonesian island of Bali lies within the western Pacific’s “coral triangle.”
Snorkel or dive at an authentic shipwreck, and help biologists monitor coral reefs.
Work on local conservation projects, and photograph terraced rice paddies and rain forest wildlife.
See the ocean aglow with bioluminescence during a nighttime snorkeling excursion.
Practice surfing off one of Bali’s stunning beaches.
Days One-Five. Upon arrival in Bali, drive to our guesthouse in the northeastern corner of the island—a remote, coastal area bordered by crystal clear waters. Get to know your fellow students as you explore this stunning tropical paradise, and immerse yourself in Balinese culture. Meet local fishermen, swim among the vibrant corals of Jemeluk Bay, and venture out on kayaking excursions.
Delve deeper into the surrounding marine world on underwater excursions. Learn advanced snorkeling techniques from dive professionals, and then put these new skills to use as you swim amid the wreckage of the World War II cargo ship U.S.A.T. Liberty. The ship now rests in Bali’s coastal waters, harboring intricate coral reefs and large schools of tropical fish. Identify marine life and employ cutting-edge photographic and scientific technologies to monitor and document the reef. After the sun goes down, observe sparkling bioluminescence during a magical nighttime snorkeling excursion.
Back on land, volunteer with a community- based program that keeps ocean waters clean through recycling and beach cleanup initiatives. Begin work on your On Assignment project, raising awareness about the need to protect these beautiful places.
Days Six-Ten. Trace Bali’s northern coast to the seaside village of Pemuteran, home to the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center. Here we’ll participate in local research projects aimed at understanding and preserving the surrounding tropical ecosystems. Learn how to assess reef health, and discuss the impact that our actions have on Bali’s marine habitats. Then work with local researchers on their coral restoration program. Use underwater photography to create a visual guide of the reef system, or study specialized clownfish populations that have evolved across the Indonesian archipelago.
Onshore, we’ll visit a local turtle rescue center and photograph endangered sea turtles before helping to release them back into the wild. Then embark on a full-day excursion to nearby Menjangan Island to snorkel or dive amid the protected reefs and coral walls.
Days Eleven-Fourteen. Head inland to the cultural hub of Ubud. During our time here, we’ll stay in a traditional bamboo yurt camp on the campus of the world-famous Green School. Located on the banks of the Ayung River in an undeveloped area of natural jungle, the school offers immersive and hands- on experiences geared toward protecting Bali’s local communities and spectacular biodiversity. Work alongside other students on a variety of community service and conservation projects. Get your hands dirty in the organic gardens, helping to develop community composting facilities and cultivate native plants, or building structures using bamboo and other local and sustainable materials.
Take a break from your projects to explore the surrounding landscape on a traditional subak trek, and learn about the age-old canals, terraces, and temples that Balinese use for water management. Try your hand at mepantigan, a combination of Balinese martial arts and dance performed in a rice paddy; capture portraits of local community members while exploring vibrant markets and festivals; or venture into a nearby valley for a canyoneering excursion.
Days Fifteen-Seventeen. Head south to the village of Canguu to seek out some of Bali’s best surfing spots and ride the waves with professional surf instructors. Wrap up the trip by presenting your On Assignment projects to your peers, highlighting the beauty of Bali’s marine and terrestrial habitats or some of the local efforts to help protect them.