Terms and conditions
Participants must be medically able to dive.
Download the dive medical from here.
If you answer yes to any questions have a physician review and approve
The expedition includes all accommodation (6
weeks) and 3 meals a day provided at the accommodation base. Food
is expedition style with continental breakfast and cold lunches
Please notify on confirmation of booking if
you have any food allergies or if you are vegetarian.
Each participant must have confirmation of
travel insurance with appropriate medical evacuation insurance valid
for scuba diving. A copy of the policy is required by PICI prior
We are unable to cater for participants with
Bookings are not confirmed until payment in
full is received.
Minimum age is 18
What the participant must provide
All airfares including international airfares
to and from Rarotonga and domestic airfares between Rarotonga and
Accommodation costs in the Cook Islands outside
of the expedition dates.
Immigration fees for extended entry permit.
Reef shoes or old sneakers suitable for walking
on the reef.
Personal mask, snorkel and fins. Sets can be
purchased on arrival in the Cook Islands.
A personal towel and pillow case.
Insect repellent, mosquito screen advisable.
Personal toiletries including ample sunscreen.
A suitable sunhat and light, long sleeved shirt
suitable for working in the sun.
A personal refillable water bottle.
PICI and the Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring Project
reserve the right to cancel any expedition.
If PICI and the Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring
Project cancel an expedition for any reason except weather all charges
and deposits collected by PICI will be refunded (less bank or transfer
All payments to PICI in respect to the Aitutaki
Lagoon Monitoring project are not refundable in the event of the
cancellation on the part of the participant. At the discretion of
PICI payments may be credited towards a future expedition.
Where an expedition is cancelled due to weather
refunds are at the discretion of PICI. For this reason it is highly
advisable that participants have travel insurance that covers trip
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the provided accommodations like
on Aitutaki & Rarotonga?
We use accommodation equivalent to backpacker
style accommodation. That is dorm rooms and shared cooking and bathroom
facilities. All accommodation is in commercial tourism properties
accredited with the national tourism agency. We do not use fales
or outside shelters for accommodation.
Can I volunteer for less or more than 6
Because of the design of the ALMP, the duration
of each expedition is 6 weeks. If demands requires it we may develop
longer or shorter programmes for future expeditions so do get in
touch and tell us what you prefer.
What are the payment options for the ALMP?
Once you are accepted onto an expedition we
will invoice you for the total amount. Payment can be made by bank
transfer, VISA, MasterCard and through Pay Pal.
How far in advance should I book my expedition?
The expeditions are limited to a maximum of
10 volunteers to insure that training and data collection are kept
to the highest possible standards. It is therefore recommended to
reserve your spot early so you have the best chance of getting the
time slot you desire.
Can I participate in more than one expedition?
Yes. Return volunteers are strongly encouraged
in the ALMP. You may also like to consider another PICI project
such as a Sea Turtle survey expedition or Shark Research expedition.
What experience do I need?
No previous experience is necessary to participate
in the ALMP. However, volunteers must be comfortable swimmers, ready
for adventure and enthusiastic about the projects conservation goals.
Is the training difficult?
The training is fun and engaging for people
that have a real interest and desire to learn about the ocean. The
dive training is challenging but highly rewarding. The survey training
is quite thorough and you have plenty of time to get your skills
Is there a selection process?
As each expedition is a small group of people
working to achieve set goals we make sure that each participant
is ready for this type of programme While there are no formal requirements,
every applicant is evaluated on an individual basis for compatibility
with the projects goals. No experience is necessary, we really like
What is the predominant age range of volunteers?
Most volunteers are in the age range of 18-35,
however there is flexibility and each individual or group is considered
on their own merits.
Can I be contacted while I am on expedition?
While on Akaiami for the expedition communications
are available for emergencies. We are able to receive calls as well.
Volunteers are off every Sunday where the opportunity exists to
visit the main island and use internet etc...
Can I go on an
expedition with friends? My partner?
Yes, however accommodation arrangements remain
the same. Contact us for information on discounted group rates for
3 individuals or more.
Are there any additional costs I need to
All necessary expenses are covered by the ALMP
programme fee. Personal expenses such as toiletries, meals away
from the base, excursions and so on are additional. Volunteers may
wish to do a safari tour, lagoon cruise, or get their PADI Advanced
Diver certification while on expedition.
Are the Cook Islands a safe destination
to travel to?
Yes. The Cook Islands are among the safest
travel destinations worldwide. While petty theft does occasionally
occur taking the proper precautions significantly reduces the risk
of loosing possessions. This will be covered in your orientation.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, water is safe to drink. There are water
bottle refilling stations provided around the island.
What happens in the event of an emergency?
ALMP staff are trained first aiders and all
participants take a first aid refresher during orientation. Aitutaki
has a well provisioned hospital. In the event of any emergency first
aid is provided by ALMP staff and volunteers and proceedures are
followed to evactuate the person or persons to emergency medical
care. At that stage the responsibility for care is handed to the
medical professionals and the participants insurer.
Is round-trip airfare from my home to Rarotonga
No. All flight arrangements are the responsibility
of the participant.
How do I book my internal travel from Rarotonga
Air Rarotonga will take bookings for your internal
travel. Once you are confirmed on a programme we will advise you
of the preferred dates and flight numbers for your travel. Air Rarotonga
will offer concessional airfares for expedition participants. The
cost for the return airfare Rarotonga - Aitutaki - Rarotonga is
Can I use Aitutaki data as part of my dissertation?
This will be answered on a case by case basis
however the focus of the expedition is data gathered for the required
reports. All data remains the property of PICI and any data released
will need to acknowledge the source.
Can I do my own research during the expedition?
Only in so far as it does not impinge on the
data collection as a voluteer. Any personal research conducted on
an expedition needs to be pre-approved by PICI and an agreement
will be put in place.