Marine Conservation
Volunteer Vacation

A Marine Conservation Experience and a Vacation Rolled into One.

Dive on one of the most amazing reef complexes in the world while contributing to marine research. Instead of going on a trip to work full time, enjoy this combination program of volunteering and a vacation!


2 - 12 weeks


18 - 36 years old


January - November


Sodwana Bay, South Africa

What to expect from the marine conservation volunteer vacation

You will arrive on the first Friday of the month. The Saturday after arrival, you will receive a camp orientation. The rest of this weekend can be used to settle in and get to know other volunteers and interns.


Week one will be used to complete the PADI Open Water course which takes 4 days to complete. If you have chosen to complete another PADI course, this will be done during the second week to allow you to become accustomed to diving in Sodwana during the first week.


Once you are a qualified diver, you dive each day, 5 days a week. We typically dive either once or twice a day depending on the schedule for the day and the ocean conditions. Volunteers collect photographic data on turtles, manta rays, and nudibranchs. This data is entered into international marine conservation databases after dives. During some days, you may take part in various community development projects or help clean up our beaches before the litter is washed back into the ocean and onto our reefs.


Deep Blue offers Marine Lectures to increase knowledge about the ocean, these are short and casual. After your stay, you will receive a certificate for the lectures that can be added to your CV.


Free time and days off can be used to relax and explore. There are a lot of activities to keep you busy during your stay!


WHAT'S INCLUDED in the marine conservation volunteer program

Airport Transfers

Transfer from the King Shaka airport in Durban to the camp as well as the return transfer.

Dives and Gear

1-2 dives a day, five days a week.

Hard gear rental (BCD, regulator, weight belt and cylinder).


Accommodation at our rustic camp, includes en suit bathrooms, a pool, wifi and restaurant.



Transport to and from the beach as well as around the town for excursions and nights out.


Groceries are included, after which meals can be prepared together in the communal kitchen.

Beach Gate Fees

Gate fees into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park for dives, as it is a marine protected area.

PADI Dive Course

PADI Open Water or

Advanced Open Water course.

Weekly Excursions

Weekly excursions to view points, Lake Sibaya etc. as well as braais (barbeques).

Marine conservation volunteer Accommodation

Our camp is conveniently situated on the main road of the town so you can easily adventure on your own to different shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

If you feel like staying in, the camp is fully equipped!

Swimming Pool

Free Wifi

Communal Kitchen

Bar and Restaurant

Ensuite Bathrooms



Marine conservation Volunteer COSTS

Marine conservation volunteer learning to scuba dive

Course: PADI Open Water

Never dived before? During the first week of your trip get your PADI Open Water dive qualification with us!


€ 2120 (First 14 nights)

€ 725 (Per additional 7 nights)

Marine conservation volunteers on a beach in south africa

Course: PADI Advanced Open Water

Are you already a diver but want to get your next diving qualification? Do your PADI Advanced Open Water with us and be able to dive to 30m!


€ 2120 (First 14 nights)

€ 725 (Per additional 7 nights)

Marine conservation volunteer scuba diving in south africa

No Course, Only Dives

Are you already a diver and want to get straight back in the water? You will do a refresher to check up on your skills and then head right into the ocean!


€ 2120 (First 14 nights)

€ 725 (Per additional 7 nights)

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HOW TO BOOK your marine conservation volunteer vacation

Email us at info@deepblueconservation.org to book your spot!