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Volunteer Ocean Conservation & Research in 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


Embark on an enriching journey as a volunteer or intern with our Ocean Conservation & Research Project in South Africa. Contribute to crucial marine research on whales and dolphins, engage in community education, and participate in activities ranging from coastal clean-ups to specialised research. Long-term internship opportunities available for budding scientists.



Immerse yourself in ocean conservation in scenic Plettenberg Bay along the world-renowned Garden Route. Experience up-close encounters with marine life, contribute to groundbreaking research, and build practical skills in eco-tourism and data collection. Enhance your knowledge with optional specialised courses, all while leaving a lasting impact on marine ecosystems and local people.



Situated in the stunning Plettenberg Bay, part of South Africa’s world-renowned Garden Route, the project offers a rich blend of conservation work and breathtaking natural beauty. From the majesty of the ocean to the grandeur of the nearby mountains and forests where elephants still roam free, it’s an idyllic setting for impactful conservation.

Free Time

Free Time

Embrace the adrenaline and tranquillity Plettenberg Bay offers during your free time. Skydive from dizzying heights, explore underwater realms through scuba diving, encounter wildlife on game drives, or gallop on horseback along scenic routes. There’s bungee jumping and canopy tours. Alternatively, unwind locally by snorkelling with seals or basking on pristine beaches.



“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 incredible closeup video of a humpback whale emerging from the ocean, taken from the research boat by a volunteer.

Volunteer Ocean Conservation & Research in South Africa

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