Marine Conservation & Diving
The vivid multi-coloured corals and luxuriant sea grass beds provide rich feeding grounds for an extraordinary array of colourful reef fish, rays, sea urchins, anemones, octopus and even sea turtles. While barracuda, sharks, dolphins, migrating whales and shoals of pelagics cruise the deep blue waters offshore. You can explore this exquisite, untarnished underwater world as you learn to dive off the island of Nosy Be. Meaning ‘Big Island’ in Malagasy this location certainly lives up to its name.
You will discover and chart extensive areas of pristine coral, record healthy populations of fish and coral cover, and learn to identify a wide range of intertidal creatures from tiny Hermit Crabs to sparkling sea anemones.
On shore you will explore the lush mangrove forests; the unique ecosystem which straddles the land and the ocean. You'll learn how artisanal fishing communities live and utilise the rich marine resources. You will discover which groups of marine organisms are being harvested sustainably and which are being over exploited or hunted to extinction.
Your days will be eventful; the work will be challenging, rewarding and fun. Your discoveries will be of huge benefit to the conservation of these fabulous coral reefs and you will gain immense satisfaction from knowing that you have helped protect these precious natural resources for future generations.
The results from your investigations will supply vital information on the Madagascan coastline to enable the sustainable management of natural resources in the region and the protection of the marine wildlife.
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First Monday of the month throughout the year.
Alternative dates available on request.
Ideally flights to Madagascar and connections to Nosy Be (Fascene) should be arranged for this arrival date.
You can join this project for a minimum of 1 week
This project is available throughout the Christmas period
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training FREE for 10 week+ volunteers (£80 per person for those participating for less that 10 weeks)
Airport pickup on first Monday of the month. Alternative start dates available.
Internal ground transfers & in-transit accommodation (for volunteers arriving on first Monday of the month)
Project equipment & materials
Dive training PADI Open water (2 weeks) £250
Dive training PADI Advanced open water (4 weeks+) £230
Advanced dive courses available
FREE use for Frontier dive kit including Regs, tanks, BCDs, weights, compressor
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
Nearest airport(s): Nossi-Be (NOS)
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