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Cuba Coral And Marine Exploration

Cuba Coral And Marine Exploration

Help with the exploration and collection of data to establish the health of the coral reef in Cuba

Prices from $1,895

The easing of decades of economic embargo over Cuba makes today probably the best moment to appreciate the authenticity of an almost untouched island. As the largest island in the Caribbean, the famous white sanded beaches, breathtaking colonial architecture, traditional music and dance Cuba is a must see destination.

Even more unique is the Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth), the second-largest Cuban Island. Not only is its territory mainly covered by pine forest, but its underwater is populated by rich sea life and a spectacular coral reef. The rising of the water temperatures in Cuba, and the Caribbean in general, in the past 20 years has severely damaged the vitality of part of the marine life.

Volunteering on this project will give you the opportunity to contribute to exploration, data collection and preservation of coral and sea life that surround the area. Your help will contribute to enrich collection of information with valuable data to establish the consequences of the raising temperature of the water together with assessing the more suitable conservation practices. All while immerging yourself into the Cuban vibes and atmosphere.


·         Gain experience in monitoring coral reefs

·         Learn how to assess the health of underwater ecosystem

·         Discover the beauties of the largest island of the Caribbean

·         PADI scuba diving courses and qualifications available



Location Isle of Youth, Cuba


·         Help with the exploration and collection of data to establish the health of the coral reef

·         Assist local staff in their daily practices and activities

·         Record observations of species diversity and abundance

Transport Airport pick up on arrival

Accommodation Shared accommodation in volunteers guesthouse




Before you go

Pre-departure support

Travel & medical advice & documentation

Kit advice

Discounted medical kit

Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)



Airport pick up


Training guideline provided by staff

In-country emergency support

24-hours international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Accompanied by local staff and researchers, during the project you will assist in the daily routine and diving expeditions. According to the number of volunteers, and the need of the coral reefs, you will have the chance to explore and assess its health and contribute to the implementation of conservation practices.


You will also contribute to raising awareness of the best preservation and eco-friendly behaviour practices.




Once in the field, you will be given all of the necessary tools, information and training required to appropriately assist the staff in their research. This will enable you to improve your ability to conduct research and collect essential data. Depending on the surveys in place at the time of your stay, you will be monitoring and assessing the condition of the reef, participating in the day-to-day awareness raising activities, improving your abilities to go underwater and observe the progress of the coral reef as well as that of the surrounding sea life.


This volunteering experience will both increase your awareness of coral and sea life trend and add important contribution to the work of our local staff and researchers.


 A member of staff from our local partner organization in Cuba will meet you on arrival at Rafael Cabrera Mustelier Airport in Isle of Youth and take you to your accommodation.


You will need to arrive on a Sunday  to allow you time to relax and settle in before your project starts on Monday.



You will be staying in a local accommodation, where you will share the room with other volunteers. You will be provided with a clean, comfortable room with all the basic amenities.



During your time on the project, you will be provided with two meals – breakfast and dinner. This will give you the opportunity to by your own food for lunch and appreciate the diversity of the local food while satisfying your personal diet before going on the boat trips!

During your free time you will have the chance to explore local coffee shops, restaurants, and paladares –homemade Cuban restaurant usually run by self employers.

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Once on the island, and depending on the time of the year, the volunteers will have the chance to attend to local festivals – like the local carnival – shop in local shops and markets and appreciate other local activities and exhibitions.

Volunteers are expected to book their flight ticket for the local airport (Rafael Cabrera Mustelier). However the island can also be reached by boat – the trip from  Surgidero of Batabanó (Habana Province) and Isla de la Juventud will take approximately 2h 30mins.


1 week $1,745

2 weeks $2,245

3 weeks $2,895

4 weeks $3,445



The project runs on the first and third Monday of every month.

Alternative dates are available on request.


You can join this project for a minimum of 1 week.


Before you go

Pre-departure support

Travel & medical advice & documentation

Kit advice

Discounted medical kit

Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)



Airport pick up


Training guideline provided by staff

In-country emergency support

24-hours international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Nueva Gerona (GER)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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