Volunteering in the Maldives – Protecting Endangered Whale Sharks

Company : Natucate
Location : Maldives
Duration: 1 week to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 1750 to 2500 € Euro

As a volunteer in this project you get the chance to actively contribute to species conservation by dedicating yourself to vulnerable whale sharks in the Maldives. 

During the project you’ll gain a fascinating insight into the natural paradise of the Maldives as part of an international conservation team of international volunteers – and return home with unforgettable memories and valuable experience.



The Maldivian waters are an excellent habitat for the largest fish on earth: the whale shark. The island country in the Indian Ocean is almost the only place on the planet where they can be observed year-round. Finning, pollution affecting the natural ecosystems of the coral reef, accidents involving boats and uncontrolled tourism: As these gentle giants face a growing number of threats, they are now considered a vulnerable species.

As a volunteer you will be significantly involved into the project. For two weeks, you'll be living and working on a research vessel, roaming the waters off the Maldivian coast. At least four days per week will be spent on a special boat, the so-called dhoni, looking out for whale sharks. You and your volunteer team will be responsible for checking population levels, taking ID shots and measuring the animals. Whale sharks pose no danger to humans! In addition to monitoring activities, you will also get to grips with data entry.

All the information that you’ve gathered during the dhoni excursions will be entered into a database at the end of the day. Become a volunteer, learn about species conservation and contribute to a special project in one of the most stunning places on earth!



During your time in the project you will be accommodated on a specious research vessel, sharing a cabin with another person. Each room has its own bathroom. You will be served your daily mealson the vessel. One day per week is off: You can use this time to relax on one of the heavenly beaches, to go snorkeling or diving, or to get to know some islands.


Services, Cost


  • Placement in the project
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Island Arrival Tax
  • Green Tax
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Accommodation during the project
  • All meals during the project
  • English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • 24/7 support throughout the project

Start Dates

2022 - 11 days: 02.05., 12.05., 25.07., 22.08., 26.10.
2022 - 14 days: 30.05., 14.11.

Costs / Benefits

2022 - 11 days: 1,980 EUR
2022 - 14 days: 2,380 EUR


Open-minded, tolerant, flexible, motivated, solid knowledge of the English language, good swimming skills

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