Conserving Whale Sharks

Learn to scuba dive when you join our marine conservation project in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique! You will help to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. Join our team as they use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future, helping to achieve the goal of establishing a formal Marine Protected Area. We strongly believe that this area is a biodiversity hotspot and we need various research data to prove this area is worth protecting. Humpback whales are abundant in Guinjata Bay, and with our research data we’re hoping to work out why the humpbacks make certain sounds, as well as prove that the frequency of sightings is enough to make this a viable ecotourism driver which could provide a significant amount of income from a renewable resource for the local community.

Our Conserving Whale Sharks, Mozambique programme is run by Love The Oceans, a charitable non-profit marine conservation organization working in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique. We use research, education and diving to drive action towards a sustainable future. Guinjata is home to a wide variety of marine life, in particular many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. To date, this marine area has never been studied in depth for any prolonged amount of time. This is what we do!

Our Conserving Whale Sharks programme gives individuals without a Marine Biology Qualification the chance to work alongside our marine biologists, achieve dive qualifications at a variety of levels, learn new skills and help the local community.

Project Details

You will help to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. Join our team as they use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future, helping to achieve the goal of establishing a formal Marine Protected Area.

Our Conserving Whale Sharks project is run by Love The Oceans, a charitable non-profit marine conservation organization working in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique.

The accommodation for the duration of your stay will be by the beach in Guinjata Bay. The accommodation is backpacker style with a max of 4 people per room (genders will be seperated). Bedding and mosquito nets are provided.

All meals are fully catered for but unfortunately we are unable to cater for any nut allergies as we cannot guarantee that the locally sourced produce has not come into contact with any nuts.

Transport from Inhambane Airport to our Conserving Whale Sharks partner is included.

WIFI is not available but you can buy a local SIM to access the internet through mobile data. You must make sure your phone is unlocked from your home NETWORK before you arrive in order for your mobile device to be able to connect to a Mozambique provider.

The climate is tropical with two major seasons: the wet season, October – March and the dry season April – September. We’re based in the south of Mozambique temperatures reach as high as 45°C in the wet season, although in the dry season it can be much cooler.

Surf Trip – Day trip to Tofo (a surf hub) for a fun surf lesson, shop around the local market and the chance to enjoy some delicious cakes.

Free-Diving Basic Training – You’ll learn breath hold techniques, have static apnoea training and then go on an ocean safari to try out your new skills (Not a formal qualification – just basic training)!

Yacht Trip – Sail the Inhambane estuary, and snorkel a few islands

City Walking Tour – discover more of the history of the City of Inhambane in a 3 hour walking tour

Accommodation;

Meals;

Transfers

Activities

PADI Open Water Diving Qualification

Diving Gear

All fieldwork, lectures and any other field related visits.

During your 3 weeks on the program, you will collect and contribute valuable data to our data set. You will also be learning about and supporting the local community as you participate in the following set activities:

PADI dive training (get qualified!)*

Free dive training

Ocean safaris

Megafauna research training

Help improve the local school facilities

Participate in coral reef surveys

Support swimming lessons for local kids

Participate in fisheries research

Help with beach clean ups

Learn to cook local food

Learn some basic Portuguese and Bitonga, an original African tribal language

Comprehensive Information Pack

 

Starting from: (price)
£ 000.00

Quick Overview

Country & Area  : Guinjata Bay, Mozambique

Nearest Airport  : Inhambane (INH)

Transfer Time     : ± 50 min

Duration              : 3 weeks set programme

Minimum Age     : 18