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Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Project, Greece

2-4 Weeks from

18+ individual or for families 7+
minimum age

  • Help to conserve endangered sea turtle populations in Greece
  • Gain experience in marine conservation and sea turtle monitoring techniques
  • Work alongside a team of volunteers from all over the world
  • Take part in coastal conservation programmes through snorkelling research

Useful Information About Kefalonia

Beach in Argostoli

Kefalonia is found off the west coast of Greece and is the largest island of the Ionian Sea. It remains sparsely populated after a devastating earthquake in 1953. The island has a rich biodiversity, with a significant number of endemic and rare species.  Breathtaking beauty stretches from the white-sand beaches to the top of the towering mountains that rise from the sea.

Unlike the eastern islands of Greece, Kefalonia is green and lush. It boasts stunning scenery, beautiful villages, unique traditions and diverse local products.  You must try the Robola wine, wild thyme and fir-tree honey. Or, sample the local olive oil,  cheese, pasteli, mandoles and the famed Kefalonian meat pie. The island has historic sites that span over four millennia. These include ancient Mycenaean relics and recent WW2 landmarks.  There are many attractions to explore!

Kefalonia is one ferry ride away from the port city of Patra on the mainland. From Patra, it is easy to find transport to many incredible places and other nearby countries. For example, you can check out Ancona, Venice, Italy, Corfu and Igoumenitsa!  With one ferry, you can also explore the nearby islands of Ithaca, Lefkada and Zakynthos.

More information on the Marine & Coastal Conservation Programme

The Importance of this Research

Posidonia oceanica conservation status was last assessed in 2018 around the Mediterranean (European Environment Agency). The outcome for Posidonia was “Poor – A habitat is in a situation where a change in management or policy is required to return the habitat to favourable status but there is no danger of disappearance in the foreseeable future”. (European Environment Agency, 2019) Therefore, further studying of posed threats to Posidonia is hugely important for the future of the species and the planet. In addition, The Framework Directive (WFD, 2000) and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD, 2008) want to support the conservation of Posidonia to achieve and maintain an overall ‘Good Environmental Status’ (Mediterranean Posidonia Network, 2022).

Coastal sand-dune habitats are threatened, yet play a huge part in maintaining plant and animal biodiversity, which contribute to coastal protection. There is a lack of research into dune system changes in Kefalonia highlighting the need for future studies to focus on it (Sperandii et al., 2020).


Watch a video below highlighting what you might get up to on this project!

Watch a video below highlighting the turtle conservation activities at this project, including an interview with the project’s co-founder.

Watch a video below with some interviews from volunteers describing their experiences during the most recent field season.

Watch an amazing video below showing baby turtles hatching from the nest, crawling along the beach, and finally making it out to sea!


Lixouri coastline in GreeceThe area has a Mediterranean climate with warm to hot summers and cool winters. The summers are dry with much of the rainfall occurring in winter. The hottest months are July and August with an average high of 29°C.  Fortunately, the sea is a great place to cool off!  In winter, the average high is around 12°C with an average low of 5°C.

Some facts about Kefalonia:
Population: 35,590
Size: 781 km2
Highest elevation: 1628 m
Location: Ionian Sea, off the west coast of central Greece

About Argostoli

Kefalonia volunteersArgostoli is the capital town of Kefalonia, situated on the south-west coast of the island. The town’s harbour borders the bay of Argostoli. This is naturally protected from the open sea by the Argostoli and Paliki peninsulas. The shallower end of the bay blends into the Koutavos Lagoon. Here, the warm waters become home to a number of sea turtles during the summer season. There are also a few turtles who stay through winter.

About Lixouri

The town of Lixouri is on the Paliki peninsula – the western region of Kefalonia.  Its south coast is lined with stretching beaches.  One of these beaches, Xi, is famous for its red-tinted sand and bustling groups of tourists during summer. The shallow waters between these beaches and the islet of Vardiani in the south are scattered with seaweed-covered rocky reefs.  They form an ideal nesting habitat for sea turtles.

Kefalonia snorkellers

About Skala/Mounda

Skala is known for its many bakeries, tavernas and restaurants. It has a long, beautiful beach with water activity centres, beach volleyball, and is backed by restaurants and beach bars. There are several grocery stores, cash points, pharmacies, and fresh fruit markets as well. A perfect place for shopping and free-time activities.

Mounda is known for its tranquillity and natural setting that has excellent snorkelling and pristine waters. A lovely place to relax and bask in the Mediterranean sun.

Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Project, Greece

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