The Whale Shark Marine Conservation Project in Mozambique is the ultimate marine conservation project. Help with whale shark data collection, reef monitoring, and humpbacked whale research. Volunteers will also be involved in turtle nest data collection, as well as getting the chance to dive at one of Africa’s best gap year diving destinations.
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Whale Sharks are the giants of the sea. They are the biggest fish in the world and incredible to swim with. Whale Sharks are surface feeders eating tiny microscopic plankton, but they eat so much of it that they can grow up to 18 metres! This exciting Whale Shark Marine Conservation Project comprises of assisting with the conservation of Whale Sharks, coral reefs and other marine life while living in Tofo. Tofo is a hot spot of adventure on the Mozambique coast line.
Whale Shark Marine Conservation Highlights Include:
- Contribute to a very important Conservation project.
- Conservation of the Whale Shark and the coral reefs.
- Boat launches and swimming with Whale Sharks.
- Open Water Course or AOW included.
- Located on Tofo, the best spot in the world for Whale Sharks.
- All accommodation and meals included.
- Great social scene: Making new friends is guaranteed.
A day in the life of a volunteer
Although day to day activities vary on the Whaleshark Marine Conservation Project a typical day in the life of a volunteer working on the Project might be:
- 07:30 Wake up and have breakfast
- 08:30 Data entry on the computer from previous day´s research work
- 10:00 Walk over to the dive centre (100meters away) and get prepared for a whale shark launch. Jump on the boat and head out to sea to find whale sharks. On finding a whale shark enter the water snorkelling next to the whale shark and take photos of the correct parts of the shark. Photos enable us to identify individual sharks around the world and track their movements, age etc.
- 13:00 Lunch
- 14:00 Depending on the time of year ” whale counts and data collection from on top of the dunes or preparation for turtle work in the night.
- 15:30 Work generally ends around 3.30pm but this is flexible and can sometimes be earlier and sometimes later.
Trip Frequently Asked Questions
Your job on the Whale Shark Conservation Project will carry out marine research data collection and assist with monitoring activities under the supervision and guidance of the projects field co-ordinator. Joining other volunteers on this project, you will be hands on, collecting data via: beach walks, boat survey, swimming, freediving, and scuba diving.
Your assistance is vital to carrying out the required field activities, but also helping to fund the project. As you would expect the diving will be excellent and this will be a stunning environment to enjoy learning principals of marine conservation and learning about the worlds biggest fish, the Whale Shark.
Our volunteers are vital to help monitor whale shark populations, assist in understanding their behaviour and also you will be able to take underwater photos to help identify them. Joining research scuba teams to assist with the monitoring of coral reefs, during certain seasons you may also get the opportunity to help with hump back whale surveys as well.
- PADI Open Water Course or AOW or research dives.
- Transfer to and from Inhambane Airport to Tofo.
- Full support and daily guidance from the project coordinators.
- Project equipment.
- Project activities (including boat launches).
- All accommodation.
- Orientation upon arrival.
- All meals included, volunteers help cook.
- Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement. Please ask us for a quote.
- Extra food and drinks.
- Weekend activities (optional).
- Other excursions than mentioned in the itinerary.
- Telephone and internet.
“Unfortunately we did not see Whalesharks everyday, but the times we did it was amazing, so gracious and beautiful, and experience I will never forget.”
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