Blue Planet Marine Product Policies


Cancellation Policy

If you’ve paid for a place on a research trip and then are unable to attend, please send an email to as soon as possible.

  • If you notify us 30 or more days before the start of your research trip, then we will refund 70% of the fee you’ve paid.

  • If you notify us 29 or fewer days prior to the start of the research trip or after the start date of the research trip, no refund will be issued.

  • If you fail to join your research trip, no refund will be issued.

  • In the unlikely event that Blue Planet Marine must cancel a research trip you may choose an alternative date for your research trip or receive a full (100%) refund.

  • Where there are too few people for a research trip to proceed, Blue Planet Marine may request a change of dates or alternatively you will receive a 100% refund of your Programme fee.

Terms of Service

Conditions of participation in the Programme

Due to the nature of the Programme work, participants should:

  • Be 16 years-old or older at the time of their research trip;

  • Stay for at least six consecutive days;

  • Speak enough English to be able to communicate with other participants;

  • Be in good health, physically fit and able to walk and climb easily;

  • Be able to swim (please note that you are not required to get into the water) and feel comfortable on a vessel; and

  • Be able to work outdoors in all sorts of weather and for long periods of exposure to the sun and elements.

Although sea conditions are generally calm within our study site, it may get choppy. The Programme is, therefore, inappropriate for people with serious back problems.

The following is considered a personal expense and is not included in the Programme fee:

  • All travel and accommodation to/from the start and end locations of your research trip(s), including any necessary Visa application fees;

  • Personal insurance (all Research Assistants must have medical/travel insurance);

  • Any food or drinks required during transit or when not aboard the research vessels;

  • Any special treats or snacks you would like while aboard the research vessels;

  • Alcohol (the legal drinking age in Queensland is 18 years – excessive consumption of alcohol is not permitted during the Programme);

  • Free time activities during time off between research trips; and

  • Other personal expenses.

Other important details

Note that you will need to arrange your travel to and from the Whitsundays and your personal health and travel insurance for the duration of your transit to and from the Programme and while you are with us. You must also arrange any required travel Visa. If you are based in Australia, you may already have private health insurance, and this may suffice. Please check your policy.

Illicit/illegal drugs are not permitted on the Programme. Use of these will result in your immediate removal from the Programme at your cost and forfeiture of any Programme fees.

If for any reason you do not attend the research trip(s) you booked, Blue Planet Marine is not liable for any other costs you may incur outside of your Programme fee. This includes, but is not limited to, the cost of your airfare to join the Programme.

We strongly recommend you book fully flexible airfares.

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