Save 10% on Marine Conservation bookings in Mozambique

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Book a Marine Conservation programme for January, February or March 2018 and you can save 10% on the project fee. This is a saving of $255 on a two week programme!

Join a world-class research team in one of Africa’s most beautiful coastal locations and in one of the best diving locations in the world. The warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean are home to large populations of whale sharks, manta rays and marine turtles, and the area is an important refuge for other threatened marine species like the elusive dugong.

What marine wildlife will you experience?

The highly productive waters attract a wide range of amazing marine wildlife. Couple this with the warm water temperature of the subtropics and the area is an ideal hotspot for marine science. 

With a consistent supply of plankton, there is always an opportunity to observe a multitude of marine giants in their natural habitat. As well as being a hotspot for whale sharks and manta rays, there are populations of two different species of dolphins year-round; the elusive humpback dolphin and the common bottlenose dolphin.

What sort of things will you be doing?

The programme was set up for volunteers to gather as much information as possible about whale sharks, manta rays, marine turtles and, in season, humpback whales. This data is used by biologists to study the conservation of these threatened species.

- Diving and Snorkelling

Southern Mozambique is one of the top 10 scuba-diving and snorkelling locations in the world and Tofo is one of the best in Mozambique!  During your programme you will usually undertake 4 research dives or ocean safaris per week.

- Megafauna research dives and snorkel safaris - focusing on manta rays and whale sharks

In the last decade more than 800 manta rays have been identified in Tofo, and the Mozambican manta database is the second largest in the world.
Tofo is also a global hotspot for the whale shark, the world’s largest fish. Researchers have identified more than 600 whale sharks in the Mozambican waters.

  • Take identification photos and monitor behaviour
  • Check acoustic listening stations
  • Observe and record environmental conditions
  • Gather GPS locations, segregation and sex of whale sharks
  • Tag animals and collect tissue samples

- Turtle research (Nov - Feb)

All marine turtle species in Mozambique are globally endangered. Loggerhead, leatherback and hawksbill turtles are sighted in the water, however nesting grounds have declined rapidly due to poaching. Volunteers contribute by photo IDing turtles and adding them to the Mozambique turtle database.

In addition to collecting data on the above marine megafauna, you will also gather information on other threatened species in the area including dugongs, bowmouth guitar sharks and stingrays.

If you are already Open Water certified, then you can extend your knowledge and combine the volunteer programme with a Dive Master certification (8-12 week course, depending on current certification).

Special Offer: Terms and Conditions

This offer applies to bookings made after 10th November 2017 for projects starting during January, February or March 2018. Minimum duration is two weeks. The offer cannot be combined with any other discounts unless first agreed when making your booking.

Find out more about the Marine Conservation & Research Programme, and the combination Marine Conservation & Dive Master course, or contact us to book your place!

Read testimonials about the Marine Conservation volunteer programme.

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