Whale Shark Conservation in Tanzania

Company : The Great Projects
Location : Mafia Island, Tanzania
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Take part in this vital marine conservation internship on Tanzania's stunning Mafia Island.

This really worthwhile marine conservation project, situated on beautiful Mafia Island, is completely one of a kind. Renowned for its kaleidoscopic coral reefs, excellent diving and fascinating culture – the island really is a unique destination in which to intern.

This exciting and varied programme provides a unique opportunity for interns to interact with whale sharks on a daily basis while gaining valuable skills and experience in both marine conservation and the tourism industry. This project supports important on-going marine conservation efforts and hosts research projects in an effort to learn more about whale sharks.

You will contribute to the global spot-pattern photo identification project, which seeks to identify individuals and subsequently map the movements of whale sharks. The project is also researching aspects related to the whale shark tourism, such as adherence to codes of conduct and the behaviour of whale sharks in encounters with tourists and fishermen.

With the chance to help in integral marine conservation of these gentle giants, contribute to their overall study and also help out with local community initiatives - this project really is one of a kind.

Start Dates

Any day between October to Feb - please enquire for details.

Costs / Benefits

Prices from £890

What's included in the price of the project?
• Orientation and ongoing training in marine conservation
• Accommodation
• Food and drinks as specified
• Laundry service
• Skills and theory classes
• Community participation
• Full support from the project team

What's not included?
• All flights
• Insurance (we can offer insurance here through Endsleigh)
• Visa cost
• Any extra excursions
• SCUBA diving or certification
• Alcohol, snacks and personal items


In terms of fitness, you must be able to swim and you must also be comfortable with the open ocean. We would recommend therefore, that you are in reasonable health and have at least a moderate level of fitness. A health questionnaire must be completed on application to ensure that everyone meets the entry level requirements. Note that you will get fitter during the internship!

A dive qualification is not required for this project and almost all of the work is done whilst snorkelling and skin diving. SCUBA certification is offered at an extra cost for those who either wish to learn or those who wish to expand on their qualifications. Note - you must also be willing to share space with your fellow interns if you choose the dormitory option of accommodation.

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