Marine Volunteering

WorkTravelSA.org, through its marine volunteer programmes, is totally committed to marine conservation. If you are looking to volunteer abroad, take part in marine research projects, protect the world's oceans or just try something different while you travel, our marine volunteer programmes include a number of exciting projects in an idyllic beach setting, focused on the protection of South Africa's spectacular and unique coral reefs and other marine ecosystems.

Projects are based in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a Marine Protected Area (MPA) and South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The warm Indian Ocean along South Africa's eastern coast provides excellent diving conditions, while turtle research takes place on the Park's vast stretches of unspoilt white beach.

Marine Volunteering Projects

The world renowned coral reefs at Sodwana Bay have been listed in the top five dive destinations around the globe and support some of the most diverse fish communities in the world. The reefs are unusual in that they are dominated by beautiful soft corals, as well as being some of the southernmost tropical coral reefs on the planet. Humpback whales move past Sodwana Bay on their annual migration, leatherback and loggerhead turtles nest on the beach each summer, whale sharks and manta rays feed along the shoreline and ragged tooth sharks gestate annually at Quarter Mile Reef. All of this and much more makes this rustic coastal town one of the world’s prime diving locations.



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