Indonesia Expedition 11 – 20th June to 17th July – 4 weeks (4 weeks marine only – Dive Master Training)


This price represents a 20% deposit of the $3,375 expedition fee. Please see the dates and prices page on for a list of what is and isn’t included, and the terms and conditions page for payment and cancellation schedules.


Product Description

This expedition runs at the Hoga Island Marine Research Centre and enables students already at Rescue Diver level with 60 logged dives to complete their Divemaster qualification IN013.

Additional Information




4 Weeks

Marine Weeks

4 Marine Weeks

Expedition Type

Dive Professional Training

Terrestrial Weeks

No Terrestrial

Terms and Conditions


The following conditions form the basis of your contract:


A deposit of 10% per person must be paid when booking and accepting these terms and conditions. In order to help spread the payments we require a further 10% payment 150 days prior to your expedition start date, and 20% payment due by March 31st in the same year as your expedition. If you are booking within 8 weeks of your intended departure date then we require full payment. Should we be unable to process your booking for any reason then your deposit will be returned to you.We must have the full balance payment at least 8 weeks (56 days) prior to departure.

There is an early-payment discount available if you pay either 50% or more of the total sum owed, or 100% of the total sum owed, prior to the 150 day payment date. The discounts available are as follows:-

  • For 2 week expeditions, $25 discount for greater than 50% payment or $50 discount for 100% payment
  • For 4 week expeditions, $40 discount for greater than 50% payment or $80 discount for 100% payment
  • For 6 week expeditions, $60 discount for greater than 50% payment or $120 discount for 100% payment
  • For 8 week expeditions, $75 discount for greater than 50% payment or $150 discount for 100% payment

All correspondence will be sent to you at either of the addresses you enter at time of booking. In the event of the alteration or cancellation of a confirmed booking by you, conditions in section 3 will apply. Please note that the person completing the booking form undertakes full payment of all the expedition components booked, therefore should have the full consent of the person named on the form. Payment of your deposit confirms you comply with these booking conditions.


While we reserve the right to amend prices upwards or downwards at any time, it is our policy to offer expeditions at a clear and firm price. However, the factors which may force us to surcharge you are government action, changes to the cost of currency or fuel – unless full payment is made six months or more prior to your departure date.


Should you have to cancel your booking we ask that you advise the us promptly in writing or by email. The cancellation will take effect from the day the written confirmation is received. Cancellation will incur a $95 handling charge. Additional cancellation charges, which become effective more than 30 days after the date of booking*, are as follows:

Period Cancellation charge
More than 185 days before departure No further cancellation charges
185 days before expedition start date to 150 days before expedition start date Loss of 10% of total expedition costs
149 days before expedition start date to 70 days before expedition start date 20% of your total expedition costs
69 days before expedition start date to 42 days before expedition start date 40% of your total expedition costs
Less than 42 days before the expedition start date 100% of your total expedition costs

* this applies only to bookings taken before 1 March in the year of the expedition. Bookings taken after the 1 March in the year of expedition are subject to the cancellation charges as shown in the above table.

Note if you are doing a dissertation/thesis topic then you are able to cancel up to 15 April in the year of your expedition with no loss of deposit, if documentary evidence can be produced that your university will not permit you to undertake the dissertation or thesis topic chosen.


In the unlikely event of Operation Wallacea deeming travel to your particular destination unsafe for any reason, more than 3 months before departure, we will provide a suitable alternative. As a result we are unable to refund any monies, beyond the conditions outlined above. We undertake not to cancel any expedition closer than 3 months to the expedition start date unless in exceptional circumstances such as war, riots, civil strife, industrial action so severe that alternative transport and accommodation cannot be provided, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, technical problems with transport and similar unforeseeable circumstances where compensation payments cannot be made.


We undertake not to make any significant changes to your booking. However since this is a field research project, from time to time certain aspects will change between the planning stages and the project delivery. These can include (but are not limited to) details of the accommodation, survey methods and transportation between sites. We will inform you of any significant changes and will provide a suitable alternative to the original project. Such changes will not constitute being offered a refund when a suitable alternative is made available.


If you want to transfer your booking to the following year or to another named person who does not currently hold a booking with Operation Wallacea then you need to obtain prior approval from the Opwall office. In the event that you make your decision to transfer after 1 January in the year of the expedition, then you need to pay an additional 10% to secure the transfer. If the decision is made before the 1 January in the year of the expedition then no further payments beyond the 10% deposit are required. No transfers are allowed after 1 April in the year of the original booked expedition. Only one transfer to a future year or of the named person per application is allowed and once that transfer is made then all monies paid would be forfeited in the event that the completer of the form wanted to cancel.


If you decide to move on to another project or expedition, you can do this free of charge, capacity allowing, until 1 April of the year of your expedition. You will be asked to fill in a new booking form to confirm the change of project. If the project or expedition you want to move to is longer you will be invoiced for the difference in price. If it is shorter, your payment schedule will be adjusted to take the new total amount payable into account. If, following you confirming that you wish to change your booking, you should decide to cancel, cancellation charges will apply in line with your original booking rather than the new booking.


Please note that when you have read the booking conditions above and completed the booking form, and when a confirmation invoice has been issued by or on behalf of us or the relevant supplier, you enter into a binding contract which will be governed and interpreted in accordance with the law of England and Wales. As a member of the Association of the Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), an Association approved by the BIS, Operation Wallacea Ltd has provided a Bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of the Company’s insolvency this Bond provides security for all non-flight inclusive packages provided by Operation Wallacea Ltd. In the above circumstances, the following will apply:

  • A refund of your package pre-payments if you have not yet travelled; or
  • Transport costs back to the start point of the expedition and a refund of the unused portion of the package price if you have already travelled


Operation Wallacea has insurance in place to provide medical and repatriation cover up to £1million for all participants on the expedition. This insurance does not cover other insurable costs such as cancellation and curtailment of your expedition due to your ill-health, flight and travel delays, loss of personal baggage or theft of possessions etc. It is a condition of your booking with Operation Wallacea that you take out travel insurance to cover these items.


  • Costs of flights and transport to and from the start and finish points of each expedition
  • Accommodation and food costs before or after the expedition start and end dates
  • Additional insurance cover beyond the £1 million expedition medical and evacuation insurance cover provided by Opwall
  • Costs of additional elective training (e.g. canopy access course, dive training beyond PADI Open Water)
  • Dive equipment rental
  • PIC cards and PADI training Manuals (or BSAC equivalents)
  • Local taxes
  • Park or Reserve entrance fees
  • Visa costs
  • Vaccination or prophylactic medicine costs

Constituent Parts

IN001 Jungle training and Wallacea wildlife course

Series of lectures and practicals designed to teach you how to identify many of the unique species likely to be encountered in the forest and the survey techniques used to assess different taxa and ensure you are able to work safely in the field.

IN002 Biodiversity Surveys

At each of the four camps there are teams of field biologists completing standardised surveys of a series of key taxa. As a research assistant you will be able to rotate between the different teams at the start of your stay, and if you have a particular interest to then specialise working with that team. The data gathered from these standardised surveys across Buton island will help to track changes in the biodiversity of various taxa, or population levels of key species. One survey team will be quantifying forest structure and calculating carbon biomass in the forests, which is a key skill if you are interested in learning how carbon trading schemes can help with wildlife conservation. Another team will be completing pollard counts and baited traps to quantify butterfly communities. Herpetofauna can be studied from pitfall traps installed at each camp which are checked daily, as well as standardised search times and night time spotlighting for amphibians. Another team will be completing bird point count surveys, and working with this team will enable you to learn some of the calls of the highly endemic bird fauna of this island. Large mammal surveys for macaques, anoa, deer, wild pig and also large game bird surveys are completed using distance sampling for sightings, patch occupancy analysis for signs of large mammals and camera trapping. In addition, harp traps and mist nets will be run in the evenings to quantify bat communities.

IN003 Island mobile team

This team will be specialising in examining various evolutionary questions using changes in the bird fauna between the mainland of Sulawesi and a series of different offshore islands. The teams will be involved in transect surveys to quantify the bird communities on different islands as well as estimating the available food (i.e. flowers, fruit, arthropod abundance) for birds between those islands. In addition, a separate team will be running mist net surveys to capture as wide a range of species as possible on each island and recording morphometric measurements of captured birds to study changes between islands. Recordings of the bird calls on the different islands will be taken to determine whether there are distinct dialects. This is an excellent project for those interested in understanding evolutionary mechanisms and also potentially discovering new island bird endemic species or sub species (See expedition 5).

IN004 Rapid biodiversity assessment team

The forests and mountains of northwest Buton are the last unexplored area of the island. Access to these forests is very difficult – hence why this area has been unsurveyed to date and also why they may yield some exciting results. In 2016 a small team of guides, field biologists and volunteers trekked into part of this remote area and made some exciting discoveries. However, there is another major part of these forests, including some that are still to be explored. In 2017 a small team will access these areas using temporary camps, surveying for reptiles and conducting spotlight surveys at night for amphibians. There will be megafauna (large mammals and game birds) and bird surveys and also treks to as many of the habitat types as possible within the survey area of each camp. There are limited places on this option since the survey teams have to be kept small and mobile. On this project the volunteers will need to help with setting up and running temporary camps as well as cutting transects (See expedition 6).

IN005/06 PADI Open Water course – Hoga/Bau Bau

This course involves a combination of theory lessons, confined water dives and open water dives to gain an official scuba diving qualification.

IN007/09 Reef survey techniques on Hoga Island / Bau Bau – diving

IN008/10 Reef survey techniques on Hoga Island / Bau Bau – snorkelling

The course consists of lectures and in-water practicals and teaches identification of common genera and species of coral and other macroinvertebrates, identification of the major reef-associated fish families and common species. Designed to introduce a variety of methods and practices used for scientific research in the marine environment.

IN011 Marine research assistant pool on Hoga Island

This option can be done for multiple weeks. Hoga Island is the most published site in the Coral Triangle and each season there are a number of different marine research projects operating. Some of these projects include routine monitoring of the reef fish communities using stereo-video, video analysis of coral intercept transects, belt transects for marine macroinvertebrates and analysis of fish landings from a series of artisanal fishing techniques being used. In addition though, there are a series of specialist research projects running each year including studies on physiological adaptations of different marine species (e.g. banded sea kraits, mudskippers), behaviour of anemone and cleaner fish, ecological studies on coral and fish associations and many other topics. A list of projects will be written up each day on the whiteboard in the research centre and you will be able to choose from the projects available and try all of them or specialise in one or more of the projects.

IN012 Reef monitoring, shark and ray abundance and diversity

This option can be done for multiple weeks and is based at the Bau Bau Marine Training and Research centre. The reef monitoring project is aimed at gathering data using stereo-video and coral intercept transect surveys on the reefs in the bay and surrounding islands, with a view to create an MPA to provide some protection for these spectacular reefs. The shark and ray project is in collaboration with the Global FinPrint Project which aims to document elasmobranch populations on tropical coral reefs through the use of baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS). The main aim of this global survey is to collect baseline data on diversity, abundance, and distribution of shark and ray populations, but it will also be documenting sea snake, sea turtle, mammal, and moray eel presences. The project will involve spending time as part of a small science team working on boats, baiting and setting the BRUVS at different locations around the islands surrounding the Bau Bau Centre. Late afternoons and evenings will be spent back in the lab, watching the video footage collected and analysing the data. Research Assistants will be provided with the necessary training and will play an integral role in collecting and analysing the data for this important project.

IN013 Divemaster training at the Hoga Island Marine Research Centre

If you are already qualified as a PADI Rescue Diver and have at least 60 logged dives you can complete the PADI Divemaster training. Divemaster training has to be done as a full time commitment so you won’t have the chance to join the research projects on this option, although you will be learning to supervise students completing diving for research. An advantage of completing the course with Opwall is the opportunity it gives you of joining the programme as a Divemaster staff member at any of the Opwall sites worldwide in future years.

Additional dive training

Additional dive training beyond Open Water level is available and can be fitted around your work on other projects; you do not need to specify the additional courses on your options list. Courses include Advanced Open Water Diver ($220), Emergency First Response ($150) or Rescue Diver ($400 – includes Emergency First Response). These extra courses may not be available at all times and enrolment may depend on the number of people wanting the training. All prices listed are in US dollars.

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