MOZAMBIQUE: Marine Conservation Project

Mozambique Marine Conservation Project
Mozambique Marine Conservation Project

Volunteer in Mozambique on the Whale Shark Marine Conservation Project and help with hands-on whale shark research, coral reef monitoring, humpbacked whale monitoring and turtle nest surveys, as well as, explore one of Africa’s best scuba diving destinations.

Go Volunteer Africa promotes experiencing Africa and its beautiful cultures in a way that most respects and benefits the local people, traditions and environment. We are dedicated to promoting sustainable development, empower the communities in Mozambique, and creating educated, compassionate global citizens.

In Mozambique, our Marine Research and Whale Shark Conservation project works toward conservation of the country’s coral reefs and the marine life that rely on them as a habitat. Volunteers monitor the condition of the reefs and the wellbeing of the animals that live there. Anyone interested in marine biology or scuba diving will enjoy contributing to protect this amazing ecosystem.


  • Join our Research and monitoring teams on known and potential nesting sites and marine hotspots
  • Organize capacity building trainings on management and conservation.
  • Protection of nesting sites
  • Sensitization and reduction of illegal trade of sea turtles
  • Implement and strengthen the monitoring Programs of the key species and the threats affecting the site
  • Reinforcement of coordination through the use of standardized  protocols, maps and databases

This Mozambique marine conservation volunteer project offers participants the opportunity to learn about marine life and research whilst simultaneously receiving a PADI diving qualification in one of the most spectacular underwater environments in the world.


This project is based in the picturesque beach town of Praia do Tofo in the bustling Inhambane Province. It is world renowned for its incredible diving with regular viewing of spectacular marine life including whale sharks, dolphins, humpback whales, manta rays and turtles. The soft white sand and crystal clear waters of the coast stretch on for miles and is often compared to paradise.

You’ll be able to explore the Indian Ocean by taking surf lessons or renting kayaks. Get caught up in the tranquil lifestyle of the town by mingling with locals in the markets and cafes. Be sure to try pão (a Portuguese bread roll baked in wood-fired ovens), peri peri chicken and the wide range of fresh fish on offer. Tofo boasts an astonishingly complex marine ecosystem, which you can enjoy through diving in the Manta Reef.


After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Inhambane International Airport in Inhambane. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Mozambique will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer house which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Mozambique has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.


Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Tofo you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project scientists to prepare you for the work you will be doing.


Mozambique marine conservation volunteer project’s aim is to protect the marine megafauna of the region and conserve the underwater ecosystems which they inhabit. Through the engagement of volunteers that have joined our program in Mozambique, the project promotes conservation and marine education in Tofo. This project is available throughout the year.

During the Mozambique volunteer program you will take part in the many different research activities that are carried out by our team there. Marine biology is all about adapting methods to the natural environment, so you will experience a selection of these and maybe others depending on the wildlife and conditions at the time. Our scientists and coordinators will expertly guide you through them and bring the work that they carry out to life.

Research Dives
Reefs are home to incredible wealth of biodiversity and those found in Mozambique are no exception. During research dives you will accompany our local teams onto these incredible ecosystems to collect data. This might be through laying camera traps, conducting surveys or assessing the health of marine life.

Camera Traps
To collect information over a prolonged period of time, camera traps are deployed on the reef to record what oceanic life comes past. Volunteers help to prepare these and set them up whilst learning exactly how they work. Once they have been collected back in, the footage is examined and analyzed back at the project base.

Dive Log
All data that volunteers collect during dives and snorkeling trips are entered into our database so that we can keep track of our findings and evaluate what they mean over time. You will learn how we analyze and use this information to identify patterns and changes.

Long Term Monitoring of Threatened Species
Collecting data over a long period of time through the dive log allows us to understand how certain species respond to environmental changes. This means we can assess how they are likely to respond to future climatic changes and take steps towards protecting them.

Shark Tagging
In order to understand these misunderstood creatures, local scientists use tags that are picked up by receivers to find out where they are and when. Spend a day out on the boat fishing for sharks as you learn how to use the rods and techniques for bringing them to the boat. You will safely observe as the tags are secured onto the body of the shark and collect data about the length and characteristics. The shark is then released back into the water where they recover quickly.

Tagging sharks is a challenging activity that requires specific conditions to be run with appropriate safety precautions, so we cannot guarantee that every volunteer will be able to take part.

Community Visits
We find regular opportunities to engage with local people. You might take part in a beach clean up, visit a local school to educate children about the importance of ocean conservation or attend a community event such as World Oceans Day.

Humpback Whale Program – June to September

The Mozambique marine conservation volunteer project offers participants the opportunity to learn about marine conservation and research in one of the most spectacular underwater environments in the world. Every year, hundreds of humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to Southern Africa where they mate and give birth. Between June and September. Volunteers support research carried out to better understand and protect humpback whales whilst experiencing their awe-inspiring presence in our waters.

Scuba Diving

Learn how to Scuba Dive or develop your skills by completing a world recognized PADI certification with us. You can choose to complete your Open Water, Advanced or Dive Master certifications as part of your program. If you are already qualified, then you can join the program regardless and assist on dives from day one.

PADI Open Water Diver

If you’re new to scuba diving, then you’ll start with a PADI Open Water Diver course. You’ll learn all the basics such as what to consider when planning dives, how to choose the right scuba gear, underwater signals and other diving procedures.

  • Begin with a half day of practical theory to make sure you understand all the ins and outs of scuba diving.
  • You’ll complete two confined water dives in the swimming pool at Liquid Dive Adventures to practice your skills and get used to all the equipment.
  • Once you’re all set up with the basics you’ll head out into the ocean to complete four open water dives. You may complete two dives in one day.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

If you’ve already completed your PADI Open Water Diver, then you can move onto the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver qualification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties whilst gaining experience under the supervision of your instructor.

  • Complete five open water dives. Adventure Dive options include: Drift Diver (required), Navigation (required), Fish Identification, Under water Naturalist, Boat Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Under water Photography.
  • You will complete a short exam as part of this course

PADI Dive master

If you’re looking to take your diving to the next level then you can complete the PADI Divemaster course with us. The course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, water skills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. As part of your qualification you will complete an Emergency First Responder course which is required and involves both theoretical and practical skills.


Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Mozambique conservation volunteering project.


Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering opportunities the marine conservation program in Mozambique. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.


Contribute to a greater understanding of this wilderness area by conducting marine, whale and turtle surveys, learning about the migration of different species at different times of the year, and building knowledge about resident individuals and herds. Monitor camera traps and document nocturnal activities. All of this data feeds into the broader management planning of the area and contributes to the ultimate goal of a larger conservation area.


For volunteers working with our marine conservation project in Mozambique, accommodation will be provided in beach volunteer house which is basic but comfortable. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared and you have access to a kitchen to prepare your meals. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.


Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves nature, marine and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!


Visitors to Mozambique unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries can obtain a visa on arrival at all border posts or from one of the Mozambican diplomatic missions. This visa is valid for 30 days. All visitors must hold passports valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date.


You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.


Weekends are free for the volunteer to enjoy their time in Mozambique. In your free time you will have ample opportunity to relax in the camp and surroundings, watch the marine-life, read or sit around the beach socializing with the others and reflecting on the day’s activities.


Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 2 weeks commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
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Start Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days:
Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 5-8 hours in a day
Humpback Whale June to September
Accommodation: Beach Volunteer House
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Tofo
Language: English / Portuguese / French


2 Weeks
Volunteer Program without PADI Open Water OR Advanced Open Water Course
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
3 Meals a day
Airport Pickup
4 Research dives per week (volunteer must already have a PADI qualification)
All research activities included on the program
Analysis of data collected with researchers
In-Country Emergency Support
Conservation Permit
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be Arranged on Request)
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2 Weeks
Volunteer Program with PADI Open Water OR Advanced Open Water Course
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
3 Meals a day
Airport Pickup
PADI Open Water OR Advanced Open Water Course
All research activities included on the program
4 dives per week (either with PADI course or research dives)
Analysis of data collected with researchers
In-Country Emergency Support
Conservation Permit
Personal Expenses
Apply Now


Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us