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Ocean Research Conservation Project, South Africa

1 week - 10 months from

minimum age

  • Take part in whale, dolphin and seal research projects
  • Experience living in the beautiful Garden Route town of Plettenberg Bay
  • Long term marine conservation internship opportunities available
  • Take part in community based projects in the local township


Become a marine conservation volunteer and work on dolphin and whale research projects. Assist with community education projects on the South African coastline. Volunteer with penguin rescue, seal monitoring as well as environmental projects, beach cleanups and tree planting. Long term marine research internship placements also available.



I have worked on other very interesting and rewarding volunteer projects both in both Alaska, UK and New Zealand. I would definitely say it’s up there ‘at the top’ for volunteer programme activities, satisfaction, fun and support.
Mark, New Zealand


Watch this little video clip to hear more about what life is like as a volunteer on our Ocean Research and Marine Conservation Project in Plettenberg Bay. Learn about how the whale and dolphin research takes place, and what other environmental and community activities volunteers get involved in.



Live and work in Plettenberg Bay on the world famous Garden Route, and take part in researching some of the most fascinating marine species, including Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, and Great White Sharks, to name but a few. Also carry out seal research, river cleanups and community projects in the local township.



Plettenberg Bay is one of South Africa’s most fashionable holiday resort locations and a beach-lover’s paradise.  It is home to long stretches of soft sand that line an endless azure ocean. The town is characterised by sweeping, unspoilt golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests, and unpolluted rivers and sea.

Free Time

Free Time

There is a great range of activities that can be done outside of the project during your off time. These include skydiving, scuba diving, game drives, horseback riding, bungee jumping and canopy tours.  Volunteers can also stay local and snorkel with seals in the bay or enjoy the stunning beaches and the peaceful vibe that Plettenberg Bay offers.

Ocean Research Conservation Project, South Africa

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