Mozambique Marine Adventure

Mozambique Marine Adventure
  • Location : Tofo, Mozambique
  • Start Date : 1st Monday of every month
  • Duration : 3 Weeks

COST PER COUPLE

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This honeymoon experience will take you off the beaten track to the beautiful country of Mozambique. You will be based in Tofo, Inhambane, which has one of the most beautiful beaches Mozambique has to offer as well as some incredible marine wildlife interaction opportunities. Not only will you get the opportunity to learn to dive together, but you will be assisting with research collection helping with conservation of this amazing area and its wildlife. You will encounter wildlife including whale sharks, humpback whales, manta rays, dolphins and turtles, having close encounters and collecting valuable data to aid their conservation. 

 

What's special about this place?

Mozambique is one of the only places in the world you can interact with a whale shark, the world’s largest fish.

 

Your Impact

The Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation Project involves gathering field data on whale sharks, coral reefs, humpback whales, fish species and turtle nesting sites. Species such as the whale shark are endangered, and the data your collect is fed into databases with international collaborators who use to shape marine conservation approaches and policies. You also have the opportunity to teach local children the life saving skill of how to swim.

Lodging

Private chalet with your own terrace, bathroom and kitchen facilities – many have a view of the ocean.

Location

Praai do Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Volunteer Project

As a volunteer on the Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation Project you will help carry out the marine research and monitoring activities for the project under the guidance of our co-ordinating project scientists. You will join other volunteers on the project to collect the data via beach walks, boat surveys, swims and scuba dives off the coastline of Tofo in Mozambique. You can expect an excellent diving, snorkelling and beach experience whilst gaining first hand marine research skills and contributing to a worthwhile project.

As a volunteer you will help monitor whale shark numbers, behaviour and ecology and take underwater identification photographs of the whale sharks. You will also join research scuba dives to help monitor the condition of coral reefs and indicator species of reef fish. You will also be trained to take ID photos of manta rays and other threatened marine species to aid population assessment and monitoring and track dolphin behaviour. At certain times of the year you may help survey humpback whale numbers and turtle nesting activity as well as other indicators of the health of marine biodiversity. You may also assist with beach cleanups and other general environmental activities and will help upload and analyze the field data. There is also the opportunity to take part in a swimming school we with local schools and kindergartens.

Exact project activities will depend on the time of year you arrive on the project. During June-October you may help monitor the numbers of humpback whales on their seasonal migration up and down the coast. From Nov-Feb you may help to monitor nesting of turtles on beaches in the areas around Tofo. Historically, loggerhead turtles have nested here in significant numbers and although these, as well as green turtles, leatherback turtles and hawksbill turtles, are sighted in-water, their nesting has declined dramatically owing to poaching.  Furthermore, the survey requires monitoring fishermen and may involve visiting nests during hatching season (December-March) to record hatching success.

In order to carry out these activities you will need to be a capable swimmer (able to swim 100m unassisted) and snorkeler, being able to hold your breath to dive down would be an advantage but is not required. You will be given a PADI open water course to teach you to scuba dive as part of the program,

What’s Included?

• All accommodation throughout your programme

• All meals

• Airport transfer on set arrival and departure days

• Orientation upon arrival and talks about marine wildlife and data collection methods

• Full support and daily guidance from the project team based in Mozambique

• PADI Dive course (open water or advanced)

• Ocean activities to collect research data – including dives and ocean safaris

• Project equipment

• A seafood braai on your terrace on evening  -  a romantic meal for two

• Sunset horse riding along the beach

• Full day Island Kayaking tour

• 24/7 support back up support from project managers in the head office in Swaziland

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