Come face to face with exotic sea creatures you can't see anywhere else in the world as you hone your skills in the world's best diving spots.
You'll watch the sun rise over a volcanic lake on Mt. Batur and wander the spiritual landmarks of Ubud. You won't just see sites; you'll meet the people who live there and learn about their culture straight from the source - all while participating in community service projects and earning your Level 1 Freediver certification.
|July 19 - August 9||HS||22 days||$6,980||Available|
Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn internationally recognized certifications and documented community service hours. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.
On Bali & Lombok Scuba, students earn 5 hours of documented community service and may pursue 6 PADI diving and freediving certifications.
During this 22-day scuba intensive program, students will expand on their fundamental skills and complete 20+ scuba dives, for which they may earn multiple certifications, including the advanced EFR and Rescue Diver Certifications:
Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. While in Indonesia, use local connections to find and assist with the most pressing community projects at the time you arrive. The projects give you the opportunity to engage community members while working with volunteers, stakeholders and residents on local improvement and conservation projects which may include:
After traveling halfway around the world, head to your home for the first week–Pemuteran, a quaint Indonesian fishing village. Explore the underwater treasures of the northern dive sites, participating in your first ever muck dive, an amazing opportunity to spot some rare and hard to find sea creatures like frogfish and scorpion fish. Then, jump right into your certification earning by beginning the Advanced Open Water, Rescue and EFR coursework. Take a break to partner with Project AWARE and conduct a Dive Against Debris, an underwater trash cleanup that helps collect data on the types of trash plaguing our oceans. Feeling refreshed and confident after our first dives and rewarding service work, we head east, stopping along the way to hike to a picturesque remote waterfall.
Embark on an underwater exploration with the fishing village of Amed as your new home base. You’ll stay in bungalows on the black volcanic beach and do both boat and shore dives through the temperate waters. Experience an exhilarating dawn dive as well as dives through walls, pinnacles, muck and even the USAT Liberty, one of the most famous wreck dives in the world. Continue to work towards your Rescue and EFR certifications, getting one step closer to becoming certified Rescue divers! From there, you’ll venture to Seraya and Coral Garden to spot dozens of unique sea creatures you can’t find anywhere else around the globe. Head south along the Bali coast and visit your final diving spots of Bali, just off shore Nusa Penida, where you’ll scour the ocean for sea creatures. Test your luck, venturing out to sites where you may spy a manta ray or the elusive mola mola (sunfish). Along the way, look out for pygmy seahorses, porcelain crabs and dozens of other species.
Here’s where you’ll pack up the dive gear and head to Ubud, the cultural and spiritual center of Bali. In Ubud, you’ll explore temples and terraced rice fields, taste delectable cuisine, experience Balinese dancing, take in a sunset over Mr. Batur, make your own batik, step inside a royal palace, visit the Monkey Forest and learn to cook Balinese food. You’ll also witness first-hand the unforgettable Kecak Fire and Trance Dance, a performance inspired by ancient religious rituals.
Refreshed and eager to get back in the water and complete the Rescue course, take a high-speed ferry to Gili Air, the smallest of Indonesia’s three Gili Islands. Off the beaten path, you’ll find plenty of white sand beaches but no roads or cars, the perfect spot for hunkering down to perform your final scenarios and become certified PADI Rescue Divers! Embark on two or three dives a day, including a night dive and participate in an all-island scavenger hunt. Practice stand-up paddle boarding, yoga and meditation and meet with Gili Island elders to learn about the life and history of the islands, its strong community ties and a culture that revolves around fishing the surrounding seas.
Dive even deeper into the waters of Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan during a two-day freediving class. You’ll take off from at least seven different sites with chances to spot dozens of marine species, including leopard sharks, pygmy seahorses and ribbon eels. Help build an artificial reef system as a service project and earn your Freediver Level 1 certification by learning kicking, equalization and breathing techniques, as well as freediving up to 18 meters. Join your group in a community service project and spend your final night watching the sun drop into the Bali Sea, reflecting together on your experiences during the trip.
Stop looking for another program. If you want a once in a lifetime trip that gives you a thrill while teaching you to respect other cultures, then sign up for this trip immediately. You will visit unreal destinations that just take your breath away. The counselors and the guides are outstanding and you will never have any experience like it again. This is the best Broadreach trip to ever sign up for.
We learned so much on every dive and even not in the water-it taught me how to properly experience another culture and skills that I can use later in life. What I learned about life, culture and scuba skills exceeded all my expectations. This has been the best trip I have been on, mostly because of the instructors and other students!
My Broadreach trip to Bali was one of the best experiences of my life! Definitely go on this trip! Diving in Bali is so different from the Caribbean. The new fish species and bright coral are awe inspiring. The food is delicious and the group is like a family. Free diving is also a very cool experience. I learned so much about diving, the environment, and new cultures. Seeing manta rays, turtles and even a shark was spectacular. I can’t imagine a better place, or way, to spend 3 weeks.
This is my third Broadreach trip and I can honestly say that they have gotten better each time. Truly the best three weeks of my life. This was my first time traveling outside of the western hemisphere and it really changed my understanding of the world.
This trip not only gave me great insight into the rarely seen Balinese culture but also had the best diving that I have ever done in my life. It was truly a trip to remember!
Through meeting people from all walks of life and different parts of the world, we as a group now all look at the world from a different prospective. It’s safe to say that this was the best experience of my life.
It was an awesome experience in an amazing place- I enjoyed how unique everything was to Bali itself. It would be hard to have these experiences anywhere else.
Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.
For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.
The majority of programs will have a maximum of 14 students in a group. Some programs are limited to 12 or even 10 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.
Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.
Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.
We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.
Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $339-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.
Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.
Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).
We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.
We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is non-refundable and is due about 4 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).
In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts – please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.
We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please call our office for more information on applying.