Coral Cay Conservation Expeditions Marine Tropical Jungle Montserrat Philippines
Coral Cay Conservation Expeditions Marine Tropical Jungle Montserrat Philippines


The Philippines

The Philippines lies at the heart of the Coral Triangle; a region of the Indo-Pacific celebrated as the most diverse marine ecosystem on the planet.


The waters around the 7000 islands that make up the archipelago are home to a staggering diversity of life, from tiny pygmy seahorses to large ocean wanders like whale sharks and manta rays.


Coral Cay is at the forefront of efforts to conserve this beautiful ecosystem and ensure its long term future.

Project Aims

Coral Cay Conservation has been operating in the Philippines since 1995 and moved to our current location in Southern Leyte in 2002. Since then we have been working closely with the Provincial Government of Southern Leyte (PGSL) to survey and monitor the coastal resources of Sogod Bay. Following our holistic, three tiered structure of scientific assessment, education and capacity building we aim to support a lasting legacy of conservation throughout the province.

Our survey effort is currently focused on establishing and assessing Marine Protected Areas (MPA). Surveys are conducted both inside and outside MPAs in order to assess their biological state and help inform future management decisions. The community education programmes led by our dedicated education staff spread the message of marine conservation to schools and universities throughout Southern Leyte. In conjunction with training programmes and scholarships for local stakeholders these initiatives aim to ignite a passion for the marine world and provide the region with trained individuals ready to continue the existing conservation effort. 

Volunteers: How You Will Help

Volunteering for Coral Cay in the Philippines will place you at the forefront of marine conservation in the Indo-Pacific. You will receive all the scientific and PADI SCUBA diving training you will need to become an important member of our survey effort. As part of a survey team you will dive on some of the most diverse and beautiful reefs in the world, collecting vital information on the health of the marine ecosystem. The data that you gather will feed directly into the management recommendations for conserving the beautiful marine resources of Sogod Bay. 

Volunteers joining us for longer periods will also have the opportunity to be involved with our education and capacity building programmes. Working closely with local scholars and school groups you will help inspire the next generation of reef custodians

The Project Site

The Philippines base is located in the small village of Napantao about a fifteen-minute ride away from the municipal capital town, San Francisco. Sitting right on the waterfront it boasts both direct access to the Napantao MPA and spectacular views across Sogod Bay. Diving within the MPA is arguably some of the best in the Philippines and is where all of our training is conducted. Accommodation consists of dormitory style bunk rooms with space for between four and six people. A large communal area and classroom provide lots of space for evening meals, lectures and relaxing at the end of a long days diving. A very short walk from the base you will find a beautiful white sand beach and the mooring for our trusty dive boat, Nudihunter.


For full details on the project, and to learn more about how to plan your stay with us check out the Philippines Project Guide.

Costs & Dates

Expedition weeks) Dive Trainee Qualified Diver Returning Volunteer
2 925 GBP 825 GBP 742.50 GBP
3 1,310 GBP 1,210 GBP 1,089 GBP
4 1,695 GBP 1,595 GBP 1,435.50 GBP
5 1,970 GBP 1,870 GBP 1,683 GBP
6 2,135 GBP 2,035 GBP 1,831.50 GBP
7 2,300 GBP 2,200 GBP 1,980 GBP
8 2,465 GBP 2,365 GBP 2,128.50 GBP
9 2,630 GBP 2,530 GBP 2,277 GBP
10 2,795 GBP 2,695 GBP 2,425.50 GBP
11 2,960 GBP 2,860 GBP 2,574 GBP
12 3,125 GBP 3,025 GBP 2,722.50 GBP
14 3,455 GBP 3,355 GBP 3,019.50 GBP
16 3,785 GBP 3,685 GBP 3,316.50 GBP

Please Note: All costs are quoted in Great British Pound (GBP).

     Expedition Code           Dive Trainees           Qualified Divers     
PHI 19/05 24th Apr 19 1st May 19
PHI 19/06 22nd May 19 29th May 19
Full from 3rd Jul - 7th Aug 2019
PHI 19/08 7th Aug 19 14th Aug 19
PHI 19/09 4th Sep 19 11th Sep 19
PHI 19/10 2nd Oct 19 9th Oct 19
PHI 19/11 30th Oct 19 6th Nov 19
PHI 19/12 27th Nov 19 4th Dec 19
Closed from 18th Dec 2019
PHI 20/01 8th Jan 20 15th Jan 20
PHI 20/02 5th Feb 20 12th Feb 20
PHI 20/03 4th Mar 20 11th Mar 20
PHI 20/04 1st Apr 20 8th Apr 20
PHI 20/05 29th Apr 20 6th May 20
PHI 20/06 27th May 20 3rd Jun 20
PHI 20/07 24th Jun 20 1st Jul 20
PHI 20/08 22nd Jul 20 29th Jul 20
PHI 20/09 19th Aug 20 26th Aug 20
PHI 20/10 16th Sep 20 23rd Sep 20
PHI 20/11 14th Oct 20 21st Oct 20
PHI 20/12 11th Nov 20 18th Nov 20
Closed from 18th Dec 2020 
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