SIF Tonga Blue Blue Base

"An Extraordinary Adventure of Discovery and Exploration"

Join Australian Geographic Society 2012“Life Time of Adventure” awardee Don McIntyre, on one of the greatest Underwater Maritime History explorations the Pacific has seen.

You do not need experience, just passion and a sense on adventure. It involves many, untouched 16-18th centaury wrecks, in the waters surrounding the uninhabited Tropical Island “BLUE BASE” camp on “Nomuka Iki”.

Marine Biology, Science or Archeological experience, singing and dancing all welcome. You will be assisting with magnetometatry searches for new wrecks plus preliminary surveys and investigations of known wrecks in the Kingdom of Tonga and playing with whales!. You will be living in a tent field camp, with all basic facilities, working as part of a small enthusiastic team. Previous camping experience an advantage, but hey!! is an adventure. Google the island on Google earth and you will see it is a “classic” uninhabited Pacific gem! Surrounded by tantalizing reefs. It is owned by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a Ulukalala, who is supporting this expedition.
The Nuku Alofa ferry comes to the main island of Nomuka usually twice a week and we will have phone connections established at BLUE BASE. This is not a dive holiday..IT IS BETTER !!! but it is also work with an objective...we cannot guarantee anything, but for many, this would be considered the ultimate dive adventure! There may be some waiting for weather to work the wreck sites, so you just go surfing, diving, fishing or exploring for fun instead. We will travel out from this island to other wreck sites, as well as work sites close at hand. ICE will be stationed here for a major part of this 10 week activity.
You will require Dan insurance and a minimum of 40 dives and a hands on attitude. We all clean dishes cook and fill tanks. If you are not an experienced diver, we still can use a camp leader/manager?? So you should still apply. There may be a permanent team of six on ‘BLUE BASE” with occasional visitors. “ICE”carries another team of four divers.
You will pay $400 per week to cover all your food and other costs etc excluding alcohol. We provide all cylinders, air, weights etc. You must cover your own airfares to Tonga and visas.…If you are interested in staying on for a further period beyond the initial 10 weeks program, opportunities may be offered. Cost is then $200 per week. This is the beginning of the next five year plan for Tonga Blue Ltd. We will be looking for good people in various positions in the future. You can apply or give expressions of interest for 2015 now! We will always offer future positions to previous enthusiastic team members first.

Future employment:

The scope of operations for Tonga Blue may increase over the next few years. Extra Boats and exploration dive teams are planned. Initially a 12mtr, 15 tonne steel Dive Salvage boat with “A” frame and cargo hold (building in China) and a 25ft Fast GRP dive work boat. We are looking for people with Passion and Commitment to join us. You must love the world we live in, believe in living life, having fun and getting the job done with a can do attitude.

Crew signing onto “ICE” will always pay $2000 a month as a crew contribution. At BLUE BASE, or on our other land or boat based operations, each team member pays $400 per week for the first 10 weeks, then $200 per week for the next 20 weeks of involvement. This is “serving time”. From that point, if an opportunity becomes available and you make the grade?, you “may” be offered a “Permanent Crew”spot. This means you only have to pay for your visas, travel to and from Tonga and your insurance cover. “Permanent Crew” are NOT paid and are still volunteers. Having served as Permanent Crew for a term, we may select you as “Paid Crew” ONLY IF AND WHEN we see such positions becoming available.

We are looking for key Team Managers and Captains we know and can trust. I hope we can welcome you aboard!

2015 Volunteer Vacancies

Please read the Blog and check out the photos in the gallery from 2013 to get a feel for what to expect...In June and July 2014 we will be undertaking Magnetometer surveys in EUA before then setting up BLUE BASE on Nomuka IKI. There are some exciting developements for next season and unfortunately we cannot( for now)tell you about everything that happened in 2013 for security reasons, but it was more than fun!

Limited Volunteer crew vacancies are available NOW onboard "ICE" and Blue Base” for the 2015 season. Some opportunities may become available for “technical divers” qualified in “Deep Diving”, to establish our third “WHITE TEAM”,operating from a proposed new vesse in 2015. We may also be looking for professional “Artifact conservators” very soon and those with a keen interest in, or wanting to further there experience of Marine Archeology. Highly experienced divers are more than welcome. We are looking for passionate people who want to be part of something special. If you have a sense of adventure and can work as part of a team, please feel free to register your interest by contacting us now. In years to come, we believe our activities in Tonga may grow dramatically.

You must hold a current first aid qualification, be an open water diver, have Dan Diver insurance, travel insurance, a credit card and undergo a medical. We all cook, clean, polish the toilet and work hard when needed to get the job done. We always dive safe, to a plan and conservatively, play often and accept that life should be fun and never taken too seriously. We laugh a lot and expect the unexpected at any time. While we have objectives, we must “go with the flow” with no fixed itinerary or expectation. We do things the “Tongan way”. This entire operation is an adventure with plenty of unknown outcomes, which is what makes it so exciting. So if you are up for it, we would love to hear from you. Come with the right attitude and be prepared to have a go and you will likely have one of the most unique experiences of your life with the greatest bunch of people.

Crew with experience in marine science, marine biology, archeology, computers, photography and filming, underwater survey, artifact conservation, marine conservation and the environment are especially welcome.


“SAILING CREW” for “ICE”, will sign on for 6 months(1st May through to 1st November 2015). Crew contribution is AUD$12,000 This covers all found onboard except alcohol and assists with all operational costs on ”ICE”. Positions available are:
1. CHIEF MATE..“ICE” is the main “roving” dive support boat for all Tonga operations and is at the centre of the action. We are looking for a “chief mate” with comprehensive boat/sailing skills and some engineering/electrical background to become relief captain. An exciting new Dive salvage Vessel may be commissioned very soon for Tonga Blue and an opportunity to take command of that boat, may be available following a suitable time serving onboard ICE.

2. SAILOR DIVERS.Two positions are available onboard for experienced divers with a "basic" boating background. While onboard, Don McIntyre will train the “crew” in all aspects of life at sea and nautical knowledge.


“BLUE BASE TEAM”. Blue Base will open in late July 2015 through to end of Sept 2015. The actual activates undertaken will be determined by the outcomes of the 2014 season, but it promises to be special. You need to sign on for a minimum of 10 weeks at $400 a week. You can stay on for another 20 weeks at $200 a week and after that you are part of the permanent crew with no further contribution ever needed. You become part of this Grand adventure, with the very real prospect of then being offered a paid position at sometime in the future. We have only four BLUE BASE vacancies left for the 2015 season.
“WHITE TEAM”. In November 2015 a decision will be made on forming a team of “Specialist Deep Divers” to explore some known 50 mtr wreck sites in 2014. This promises to be ground breaking stuff, with untouched historic wrecks, something most divers could only ever dream of. If you are qualified, with your own equipment and interested, please register with us. You will still need to cover all your travel/visa costs to and from Tonga, have Dan Diver insurance, travel Insurance and be up for an adventure. You would sign on for a minimum of 10 weeks. We are interested in four “White Team” members. Your crew contribution of $400 a week ($4000) will be refunded to you “IN FULL” at the completion of your 10 weeks, only if you stay the full 10 week term. If you then decide to stay on longer, you pay no crew contribution. If a “Deep” site of “significance” is established, then employment opportunities may be offered after a qualifying period.
All crew involved will sign an Indemnity form, a code of conduct, a confidentiality agreement, a copyright release and agree to be filmed and photographed.


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