Raja Ampat Project
The Raja Ampat Project is our 4th resident project location and ‘sister project’. It is welcoming it’s first interns in November 2022 with recruitment starting in July. It hosts interns from around the world to take part in Indo Ocean Project’s award-winning divemaster and research diver training program and to assist in the operation and research goals within the region. Join the team and explore Raja Ampat’s warm and crystal-clear water of West Papua. Complete your divemaster and 5 marine ecology specialty courses while taking an active part as a research assistant.
When choosing the Raja Ampat Project you will get an authentic remote paradise experience working alongside researchers in the most biodiverse marine ecosystem on the planet. Contribute to the monitoring and baseline data collection efforts in the region.
Our three project locations teach the same curriculum and have similar research projects across the regions to better understand and compare MPA’s throughout Indonesia.
Keep in mind this is a remote location! Electricity is available but expect rolling black outs and limited internet connection. The closest town is around 20-minute drive away and has a population of around 5,000 people. Majority of your time will be spent at the resort or in the water alongside your fellow research interns and Indo Ocean Project team.
Base Camp RAJA AMPAT – Scuba Republic
Base Camp Raja Ampat is part of the Scuba Republic family. It was made by divers for divers in Waigeo in Raja Ampat. It’s idyllic beach side location boasts a world-class house reef and is minutes from the top dive sites in the Dempier Strait.
The SSI dive courses from beginner to divemaster level are done in small groups with experienced Instructors. All course dives take place in natural coral reef environment in the marine park with confined training sessions in sandy protected areas.
The resort facilities include an open aired restaurant and classroom, beachside lounge deck under shady trees, 8 private bungalows for resort guests, and a private jetty where you can enjoy amazing sunsets with a cold beer. Outdoor showers give you the opportunity for a quick rinse after a dive before you relax on their bean bags beach side.
Complimentary coffee, tea, water and fruit are available in the common area throughout the day. If you fancy a different snack or crave a cigarette, the neighbours have a little kiosk that sells an ever-changing selection of (mostly edible) items. For anything more you would have to go to Waisai.
All rooms , patios, common area, and the lounge deck are equipped with multiple power plugs (220V/50Hz with round two prong plug).
Life at the project
The Raja Ampat Project is our most remote location, 20 minutes from the nearest village of Waisai. This project differs from the others as it provides full room and board with 3 meals per day and every activity organized through the project headquarters at Base Camp Raja Ampat.
Although the resort has recently been hooked up to electricity on the main island, expect to have some rolling black outs. There is a generator at the resort which can be turned on during the evenings. WiFi is available but limited, no downloading, streaming or online gaming is allowed on project internet. There is better connection through local SIM cards which we can help you get when you arrive.
The rooms provided are 6-bed shared accommodation with fans and shared bathrooms with fresh water. The resort facilities are available for use including an open aired restaurant and classroom, beachside lounge deck under shady trees, and a private jetty where you can enjoy amazing sunsets and a cold beer.
The resort areas are shared with the regular guests which you will get to meet and dive with during your internship.
On your days off you can explore the rain forest surrounding the resort, island hope to one of the many local islands, or grab anything you may need from the market in the town of Wiego. Or hang out around the resort, relax with a good book or get caught up on your homework.
All packages include pick up from the Domine Eduard Osok Airport in the main port of Sorong (SOQ). There are regular flights to Sorong from Makasar and Jakarta. Once you arrive in Indonesia you will need to continue your domestic travel to reach your final destination.
Upon arrival in Sorong one of our drivers will meet you at the airport and bring you to the harbor. The only public transport in Raja Ampat is with the ferry. There are 2 ferries per day departing at 9am and 2pm. If your flight into Sorong arrives after 12pm you will need to book an accommodation for one night and we will arrange for your pick up and transfer to the project the following day.
Ready to apply for the Raja Ampat Project?
We are constantly seeking hard working and enthusiastic interns to join our team and complete our dve master and research diver training program. You don’t need to be a scientist or a diver to apply.
We tend to fill up around 6 months in advance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out our next availability.