Volunteer with whale sharks and manta rays in Tofo, Mozambique.

African Impact

Volunteer Marine Research and Conservation


Who: African Impact

Where: Tofo Beach, Mozambique

Focus: Gather data that directly contributes towards conserving the country’s megafauna.

When: Project open all year round | Recommended time – April to October. Rainy season – January to February

Duration: 2-8 weeks

Suitability: Over 18s

Cost: 2 weeks from GBP 2,175 – price includes Open Water dive training. Certified divers will get a reduced fee.

Find out more: African Impact

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Scuba dive and gain hands-on experience in world-class field research.
  • Get up close with whale sharks, manta rays and more, while learning from world-leading experts in the fields of marine biology, ecology and wildlife conservation.
  • Photo-ID manta rays, whale sharks all year round, and turtles from November to February.
  • Monitor the behaviour of each species, including location, segregation, sex behaviour and specific identifying features, such as scars on mantas or whale sharks.
  • Boat and beach-based monitoring of migrating humpback whales (June to September),
  • Collect data, complete identification logs, and monitor the health of coral reefs at risk of exploitation.
  • Assist in gathering information to inform governments and other stakeholders to improve legislative protection and the creation of protected areas.
  • Take part in community education through educational workshops on marine biology, ecology and conservation.

Scuba Diving

Dive Training:
Volunteers are trained up to PADI Advanced Open Water. One dive course is included in the price (either Open Water or Advanced).

The Base

Accommodation: Private volunteer research house with balcony overlooking the ocean.

Rooms:  Shared, same-sex, dormitory-style bunk rooms.

Food: 3 meals a day.

Support: Airport pickup included, 24-hour support.

The next step

Visit African Impact for more information and to book. Please say that you heard about this project from Sea Fans.


Write a review: Share your experience of this project below.

Be inspired: Discover more ways to volunteer in marine conservation.

Get in touch: To claim or amend this listing, please contact us.

Disclaimer: Sea Fans is a labour of underwater love.
Please read our terms and conditions.

Rate and write a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tofo Beach Inhambane Province MZ
Get directions