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:

Mary S United Kingdom This programme is a fantastic place for anyone who wants to play an integral part in the fight against poaching. You get the chance to be up close and interact with the magnificent rhinos and elephants on a daily basis, but if you want to you also get a chance to play a practical and on-going rol...
Jan H Australia I spent 2 weeks at this amazing place and could move there permanently. Working so closely with the elephants and the rhino was a dream. The awe inspiring community and the projects and long term goals took me by surprise, and as such has left a space in my heart. The people are wonderful and very...
Yvie A United Kingdom I volunteered in Hwange National Park and right from the start I loved landing at Victoria Falls Airport, and then being whisked literally 40 minutes down the road in a no-roof 4x4 vehicle to what felt like the middle of the bush, and being instantly asked to set up my tent for camping! I felt inst...
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...
Erika W UK So many special moments! Where to start! Amy and I arrived late in the evening in the pitch black. Mike and two other volunteers, Steve and Bryan, stayed up to welcome us – everyone else was in bed! In the morning we woke up early to a strange banging noise, looked out the window and saw t...

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Marine Conservation, Mozambique Location: Mozambique
How much: from US$2,430 (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$9,273 (12 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 July - September each year, hundreds of humpback whale...

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