Volunteer to survey and conserve coral reefs on Mahé Island, Seychelles – 5% off with Sea Fans.


Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles


Who: Global Vision International (GVI)

Where: Mahé Island, Seychelles

Focus: Coral reef surveying and marine conservation

When: All year round

Duration: 4, 6, 8 or 12 weeks

Suitability: Over 18s

Cost: The price per week gets cheaper the longer you stay:

  • 4 weeks start from GBP 2,695
  • 6 weeks start from GBP 3,295
  • 8 weeks start from GBP 3,845
  • 12 weeks start from GBP 4,995

Get 5% off your booking (subject to conditions). Simply complete the form below.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Become a PADI Advanced Open Water diver and learn how to identify fish and coral in the Indian Ocean.
  • Learn professional survey techniques for underwater data collection on the health of the reef as part of the PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality.
  • Help gather marine data to help the Seychelles government show an accurate picture of the overall health of the local coral reefs for the creation of management policies.
  • Enjoy whale shark migration observations, invertebrate fish surveys, sea turtle nesting surveys, plankton sampling research and more.
  • Investigate threats to coral populations, including high seasonal sea temperatures, population pressure, poaching and development for tourism.
  • Dive/snorkel 1-2 times a day, 5 days a week, to carry out underwater surveys after training.
  • Delight in fun dives and search for incredible marine megafauna, such as whale sharks, manta rays, and dolphins.
  • Visit breeding areas for the hawksbill and green turtle.
  • Learn First Aid and CPR.
  • Get involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, beach and ocean cleans, marine debris surveys, environmental education sessions or alternative income training, depending on local and project needs.

Scuba Diving

Dive Training: Volunteers must be PADI Open Water certified, or equivalent, before joining. Non-divers that wish to attend can get certified at a local dive centre certified before starting.

Conservation Certification: PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality.

Divemaster Internship: Min. 24-week placement, broken into two 12 week periods. The first is spent on the marine conservation expedition. The second half is spent working in a local dive centre learning leadership scenarios, and gaining real-life experience.

The Base

Accommodation: Simple island living next to the beach.

Sleeping: Shared, basic dormitory-style accommodation with shared bathrooms. Cooking and cleaning duties are completed on a rotational basis.

Support: 24-hour emergency phone, 24-hour in-country support.

Transport: Airport pick up included.

Get 5% off with Sea Fans

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