Scuba Diving, Research and Marine Conservation

with Conservation Travel Africa

newspaper Communitites Marine Conservation
location Africa
start date Programmes start throughout the year excluding Christmas and New Year.
salary Volunteer Project
accommodation includedAccommodation included
training providedTraining provided

Conservation Travel Africa works with existing conservation and development projects that are committed to long-term environmental and community principles. We collaborate with conservation experts and community leaders to identify the areas of need where volunteer contributions will have the greatest impact.

Our programmes are designed to meet real conservation and community needs through voluntary efforts, NOT to meet tourist needs through contrived conservation and cultural experiences. We believe that supporting these projects is more beneficial and meaningful than setting up a new project simply to meet the desire of an overseas visitor.

Our programmes endeavour to use responsible tourism practices to build sustainable economies in Africa which place increased value on wildlife and environmental conservation from the ground up.

Scuba Diving, Research and Marine Conservation

typical day What's it like

A typical day on this gap year project

Volunteers support Marine Biologists in their scientific studies through various research and conservation projects in the area, including whale shark, manta ray and marine turtle research programs. This marine conservation volunteer programme was designed by a world-leading manta ray researcher and a whale shark expert specifically to collect data for their marine foundation.

Volunteers contribute to marine conservation and support the development of marine science in the wonderful waters of Tofo Beach, Mozambique. Participate in marine field work such as taking identification photo’s, checking acoustic listening stations, observing environmental conditions, studying plankton, tagging animals, taking tissue samples or measuring ocean giants. All the quantitative data you collect is used for specific research projects, designed to protect and preserve these amazing marine animals.


Join world-renowned marine biologists and scientists as they continue their work on the conservation of marine mega-fauna such as whale sharks and manta rays. Help preserve endangered turtle species and enjoy watching humpback whales as they migrate right past your beachside lodge.

ideal candidate Project Requirements

Who would be a suitable participant?

While previous dive experience is recommended, diving certification is included in your package – or you can do free additional dives if you are already certified.

our offer Project Benefits

What we can offer you

What does the cost include?

- Programme fee - financing which goes back into the programme; this includes funding for equipment, supplies, vehicles and foodstuffs as well as a contribution to the Foundation you will be working for
- Return transfers from Inhambane Airport to the project
- Full board and lodging for the duration of your programme including laundry and housekeeping (exc. alcoholic and fizzy drinks)
- Open Water / Advanced Certification
- All diving and snorkelling equipment (wetsuits, masks etc) required to do your work (you may bring your own equipment if you wish)
- Practical instruction on identification and research techniques
- All programme-related transport
- 24 hour support and guidance from volunteer programme staff, researchers and instructors
- Internet at the volunteer house


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