Marine Conservation

Volunteer in Africa on one of our amazing programmes!

Scuba dive, snorkel and study marine life on one of our marine conservation programmes in Africa. Study manta rays, whale sharks and humpback whales, monitor their movements and be part of their conservation. Work alongside world-renowned marine biologists as you collect data to be used in ongoing research projects.

Less than 1% of the world’s oceans are protected conservation areas, despite water covering more than 70% of the planet. Life on earth is dependent on the oceans. The legendary great white shark and the tiny seahorse have joined the elephant, rhino and tiger as being among the most threatened species on the planet. Both are threatened by man. The demand for shark’s-fin soup has decimated the survival of the great white shark and seahorses are a victim of the huge traditional medicine market in the Far East. New fishing technology has quadrupled the world’s catch of commercial seafood since 1950, an advance which has also had deadly consequences for non-commercial marine life.

The Indian Ocean, which runs down the East African coast, is home to some of the largest populations of endangered marine wildlife including in-season populations of humpback whales, leatherback turtles, giant manta rays and whale sharks. It is also home to some of the world’s best diving spots, endless coral reefs and shoals of colourful fish. Marine conservation programmes are vital to the ongoing study of the oceans diverse mammals and fish, as well as monitoring environmental changes and protecting coral reefs and mangrove forests. Data collected by volunteers is used to further scientific research to inform and educate governments, communities and marine businesses.

Volunteers will also work to restore the marine environment, repair the effects of pollution and help promote the preservation of the ocean to local communities and schoolchildren. On our marine conservation programmes you can earn a PADI diving qualification, learn to surf, support researchers and scientists with their work and enjoy a simpler way of life as you live next to endless white sandy beaches.

Have a look at our Marine Conservation Volunteer Programmes below:

Karin T Switzerland I chose this project because there was not a lot of volunteers taken and it looked more personal. When I got there, I knew had I made the right decision! I did so many things - feeding animals, spending time with them, helping the sick ones, assisting the vets at the clinic in neutering, helping at ...
Emma R Scotland Raising a baby Vervet Monkey Submitted by Emma R | March 2016 The whole experience was such a positive one, but I must say helping rescued animals get back to full health and fitness and being able to release them back into the wild had to be the most rewarding thing about the whole trip. Ge...
Sandra T Sweden Saving animals Submitted by Sandra T | 23rd February 2016 I had an absolutely wonderful time on the project and I got to feel that I actually helped out, and I have gained a lot of good experience. Everything from knowledge about animal behavior, anti-poaching, tracking and conservation, to ...
Cecilia S USA Never a Dull Moment Submitted by Cecilia S | February 05, 2016 For the first time in a very long time, I’m in a state of FOMO – fear of missing out. From day one of being here, I’ve learned that we are here to give these beautiful animals a second chance at life. It broke...
James G UK We chose this programme because it allowed us to bring our four children aged 8-12, enabling us to volunteer as a family. We stayed in a beautiful cottage with plenty of space and a lovely garden and the food was great - roast beef and yorkshire pudding was a highlight for me! On the old maps of...

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Scuba Diving, Research & Marine Conservation Location: Mozambique
How much: from US$2,550 (2 weeks)
Join a world-class research team in one of Africa’s most beautiful coastal locations. Southern Mozambique is one of the best diving locations in the world, home to large populations of whale sha...
Marine Conservation & Dive Master Location: Mozambique
How much: from US$6,050 (8 weeks)
A fantastic opportunity to combine marine conservation volunteering with a professional Dive Master course. Study manta rays and whale sharks up close and learn more about endangered marine species. M...
Humpback Whale Expedition Location: Mozambique
How much: from US$2,550 (2 weeks)
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a world renowned Humpback Whale marine biologist on a research project in beautiful Mozambique. From June - September each year, hundreds of humpback whale...

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