School holiday reef course

An opportunity to learn about the rich marine life that surrounds us in Fiji.

Woman snorkeling in Natewa Bay with a Jellyfish.
Starfish resting on coral in Natewa Bay.
An assortment of aquatic life in Natewa Bay.

This is a course that will teach you about

  • how reefs are formed
  • what types of reef there are
  • how corals grow
  • the main types of corals
  • how to identify the main fish families
  • how fish live and eat
  • and the wonderful world of many of the other creatures in the ocean.

Age groups:

  • The course is designed for the age 9 – 15 age group, but it’s a fascinating course and older siblings (orparents!) will still get a lot out of it. So if you’re interested in joining, contact [email protected] for any questions.
  • Course participants should be able to swim.


Teachers Sara Carlson and Matthew Norman of Ocean Ventures Fiji bring a lively, friendly approach to a subject they are passionate about. The course content draws of the fifteen years’ experience they have running ocean conservation courses in Fiji and elsewhere.

Each day starts at 9.00am and finishes at approx. 3.00pm. The course will be situated at Daku Resort, snorkeling either on the reef outside or further down the road. If weather is poor, we will do the study on the reef platform at nearby Devodara beach.

The day is fun filled and highly informative:  talks with slides, hands on activities, time in the water, quizzes and a final certificate.

Both courses follow the same format; they are structured so that Days 2 and 3 build on the learning of the one day course (so if you do one day and then want to add more, you can do so).

  • Presentation on coral reefs
  • Quiz : making sure you’ve understood the main points
  • Activity: a hands on activity to put some of this information to use
  • Lunch
  • Practical: either in the water (snorkeling) or on the reef shelf (walking)
  • Review of the day
  • Presentation of certificates


Reef ecology
Intro to fish identification

Thursday December 3
Friday December 11
Monday December 28

Price for guests at Daku Resort:

$150 for one day

Price includes:

  • Course fees
  • Lunch
  • Snorkel and mask
  • Transport to snorkel spots / beaches if needed


Coral reef structures
Reef ecology
The fish food web
Fish identification
Marine invertebrates (octopuses, crabs, jellyfish, starfish, worms and many more)

Thursday – Saturday December 3 /4 /5
Friday – Sunday December 11 /12 /13
Monday – Wednesday December 28 / 29 / 30

Price for guests at Daku Resort:

The course is priced at $120 a day for three days (total: $360 for three days).

Price includes:

  • Course fees
  • Lunch
  • Snorkel and mask
  • Transport to snorkel spots / beaches if needed


Daku Resort is offering special family prices for accommodation, depending on how many people are staying and for how many nights. (Course fees will be added.) Please ask us for a quote.

Two people : One night in a standard room – includes continental breakfast: $170
Four people : One night in a villa – includes continental breakfast: $340

Two people : Three nights in a standard room – includes continental breakfast: $450
Four people : Three nights in a villa – includes continental breakfast: $1020

OR ask us about our 3 and 4 bedroomed houses that can fit groups.

A group of snorkelers in clear blue water.
A Lionfish swims among coral.
An assortment of coral.


Sara Carlson and Matthew Norman are both PADI Instructors with degrees in the sciences (Biology and Chemistry) and several years of experience working with students from various international schools through the conservation organization Operation Wallacea. They have taught reef ecology courses in Indonesia, Mexico, Honduras, Dominica, and Greece, and now have been based in Fiji for four years running Ocean Ventures Fiji out of Natewa Bay. They place an emphasis on safety in the water, working mostly with students and those who have little experience in the ocean. This course uses their photos and videos to illustrate relationships on coral reefs and to provide accurate identification of reef fishes commonly seen here in Fiji.

They have a deep love of the ocean, and are endlessly fascinated by marine life. They are known for their patience in explaining the subject, and their delight in encouraging younger students to appreciate the wonders of the salt water world.