The Splendors of the Sea

Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles

Scuba dive in the Indian Ocean on this critical conservation expedition.

Durations:  2 - 12 weeks

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Get your PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Reef Ecosystem Diver (RESD) Specialty qualifications as a member of an expedition team working on critical marine conservation projects. Your participation in marine species research will contribute towards providing data to the local government on various conservation initiatives. Partnerships such as this are vital in showing the interconnectedness between social and environmental issues and how they affect community development and conservation efforts in the pristine islands of Seychelles.

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Program overview

Travel to the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean as a member of an expedition and work on critical marine conservation projects amongst the beautiful islands of Seychelles.

You will contribute towards various conservation-related surveys aimed at providing data to the Seychelles Parks and Gardens Authority (formerly Seychelles National Marine Park Authority – SNPA) and local government on coral reef, fish and invertebrate research and assist with the development of environmental education awareness. You might also undertake marine plastic pollution clean-ups both on the land around the base, our neighbouring beaches and across our adopted dive sites.

You’ll spend a large part of your time on this expedition scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water, or equivalent before joining the program. For non-divers wishing to attend, we can recommend local dive centres that will help you qualify before your intended start date. Receive the PADI Reef Ecosystem Diver (RESD) Specialty segment of the PADI Divemaster course. This unique offering by GVI & PADI teaches you about best practices when conducting underwater coral reef surveys. This is offered to participants staying for longer than 2 weeks on the program.


  • Learning how to identify fish, coral or invertebrates in the Indian Ocean.
  • Earning your PADI Advanced Open Water certificate.
  • Complete GVI & PADI’s unique qualification, the PADI Reef Ecosystem Diver (RESD) Specialty.
  • Exploring different dive sites around the tropical island of Mahe, searching for ‘mega-fauna’ in the area, such as sharks, rays, and dolphins and learning more about the wider ecosystem.
  • Developing the techniques needed to survey coral reefs.
  • Participation in local ecosystem surveying including seagrass monitoring, mangrove species identification and nudibranch diversity checks.

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GVI Africa, Seychelles, Mahe