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Marine Conservation & Ecotourism: Sharks, Whales & Penguins

Practical information


  • Work alongside marine biologists fighting to save the great white sharks
  • Learn about the behaviours and biology of Great White Sharks, whales and other species
  • Spend the majority of time at sea abord Slashfin
  • Presentations on conservation, research or marine safety every week
  • Help out African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary

Program description

Work alongside marine biologists fighting to save the great white sharks! Volunteers work both on land and sea and get completely involved in researching and caring for the animals.  Being "hands on" with the animals using the project's shark cages and boats, volunteers will learn all about the behaviour of the animals and the climate of the sea, even watching dissections. 

Volunteers who are keen photographers will also be given a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to get up close to the sharks and marine life in their natural habitat.  


The program is a combination of several different experiences – mostly ecotourism and conservation through assisting and educating clients of Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Cruises, but also seabird rehabilitation, beach clean ups, assembly of fishing line bins and some research. 


Volunteers can choose whatever they want to do when they arrive at the research center.  Some of the volunteers are more focussed on completing a dive course, others are keen on data and rehabilitation work, some of them are only here for the awesome shark experiences on the boat and are relaxing the rest of the time.  Volunteers will get an orientation session on arrival and the local coordinators will tailor-make their experience according to their interests and ability.


Volunteers choose from day-to-day which boats they would like to assist on.  The majority prefer the shark cage-diving vessel, but some choose to only go on the ecotour/whale-watching vessel, while others do a bit of both.  Many of them also help out with bird rehabilitation work at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, doing the boat trips in-between. 

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Included in the price

  • Airport pick up
  • Accommodation
  • 2 meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Transport to and from the projects
  • 24 hour support and supervisor on project
  • Donation to the project
  • Weekly social events
  • Certificate of appreciation

Not included in the price

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Insurance

Your accommodation

Accommodation is at the International Marine Volunteer Centre. There are 4 cottages that accommodate up to 6 people per cottage. Each cottage has a bathroom, kitchenette and living area as well as daily living essentials. The main building has a beautiful kitchen, equipped with induction plates, a microwave and oven for cooking and a fully functional recycling system in place.


There is also a very spacious living area with satellite TV, DVD player, board games, pool table and foosball. There is an activity hall with some weights and a table tennis table. The facility has a large, safe swimming pool and garden. Emergency numbers are in the house. Bedding is provided and washed on a weekly basis. There are Bicycles available for personal use. Remember to keep your personal belongings safe (each cottage has a safe).


Additional information


- Up to date CV/ resume

- Copy of return flight itinerary

- Basic level of English; understanding and speaking

- Acceptance subject to availability of position

A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 


A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.



Our local charity relies on travellers to volunteer on various schemes around South Africa. We place volunteers into local communities and projects, assisting in building projects and allowing travellers to contribute to a growing community as well as making new friends.

The organisation is non-profitable and always ensures that all funding goes directly into the projects. The fee price for the volunteer experience will cover your accommodation and transport as well as a donation the projects.


Marine Conservation & Ecotourism: Sharks, Whales & Penguins
From 23400 ZAR

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