Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation with PADI Diving

Location: Mozambique: Inhambane

Program Duration: 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks

Dates: 2019,2020,Year Round

The Arches N Campus Incubator Sackville St Manchester, M60 1QD England

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Volunteer abroad in Mozambique on this research and conservation project in Tofo, a beach town on the eastern shores of Inhambane Peninsula. This project collaborates with a few international marine research bodies, including the Ecocean global whale shark database.

The Marine Research and Whale Shark Conservation Project provides hands-on experience in a range of activities, from coral reef monitoring to turtle nest surveys. Plus, take a PADI or SSI Dive course and have the opportunity to explore one of Africa’s best scuba diving destinations! If you already have this qualification, you may take an advanced open water diving course or an equivalent number of extra research dives.

In order to carry out your duties effectively, you need:
- To be a capable swimmer (swim 100 meters unassisted)
- The ability to hold your breath to dive down (would be advantageous)
- The ability to equalize your ear pressure and willingness to learn to scuba dive

If you’re a beginner diver, you have to volunteer for at least 3 weeks to maximize your time on conservation volunteer activities.


During weekends you will be free to travel and explore as you choose. Various activities are available including horse riding, kayaking, surfing, kite surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving or just relaxing on the beach. Where possible long weekends may be arranged and expeditions to Kruger National Park and Swaziland may be available. These activities are optional and extra though as a volunteer you would be given a special reduced rate.

Travel Types
  • Eco Tours
  • Fishing
  • Scuba
  • Snorkeling

Volunteers will need to be a capable swimmer (swim 100m unassisted), snorkel and it would be advantageous if you are able to hold your breath to dive down.

In order to carry out these activities you will need to be capable of equalising your ear pressure and willing to learn to scuba dive. A four day internationally recognized PADI open water diving course is provided as part of this project to train you to be able to carry out this coral reef monitoring. If you already have this qualification you may do an advanced open water diving course instead or an equivalent number of extra research dives.

  • English

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:

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Cost Include Description:

Accommodation: shared room in the volunteer beach house
Food: 3 meals a day (volunteers help to cook)
Internationally recognised scuba diving open water course and qualification; other courses offered for qualified divers.
Airport pick up and drop off at Inhambane Airport
Training: pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction
Daily transfers to and from your project
Support: on-site coordinator providing 24 hour support
Activities: staff help organise weekend activities (activity price may be extra). Trips include: snorkeling, safaris or horseback riding on the beach.
Fundraising Guide
Working alongside qualified professionals

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types
  • Animal Welfare
  • Wildlife
  • Business
  • Education
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Conservation
  • Human Rights
  • Marine Conservation
Typical Volunteer
A Kaya volunteer shows enthusiasm, spirit and life to stimulate and bring something new to the residents; love, patience and a listening ear for the people; and a good motivator with a positive and optimistic attitude.
Age Range
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living
  • Guest House

Participants Travel to Mozambique

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Phone/Video Interview
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
Year Founded