Marine Conservation

Volunteer Vacation

Dive on one of the most amazing reef complexes in the world while contributing to marine conservation by aiding us in collecting data on our reefs.

Instead of going on holiday to work full time, enjoy this combination program of volunteering and a vacation!

Duration: 2-12 weeks

Start date: First Friday of each month

Age: 18-36 years old

Group size: Max. 20

Price from: € 1950

Highlights of the Program

Check out some of what to expect during your time with us!

What to expect

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 during the week, Monday to Friday. 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 manta rays, ragged-tooth sharks, turtles, whales and nudibranchs. This data is entered into international marine conservation databases after dives. During some Fridays, 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.


The rest of the day can be spent relaxing and exploring. There are a lot of activities to keep you busy during your stay!. During weekends there is a lot of opportunities for you to take part in different trips, activities or explore the town. Check out some of the activities our town has to offer!



  • PADI Open Water course (If you're already a diver you can do your Advanced Open Water).

  • All required dive training manuals.

  • 1-2 dives each day (Mon-Fri).

  • Hard gear hire for project dives (BCD, regulator, weight belt & cylinder).

  • Dive permit.

  • Airport transfers to and from the Richard’s Bay airport (for international volunteers, South Africans on request).

  • Transport to the beach for project dives as well as around Sodwana.

  • Gate fees into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (excluding weekends).

  • Food.

  • Accommodation in single or shared wooden cabins.

  • Marine lectures.

  • Recommendation letter and certificate of completion


Volunteer COSTS

Price from € 1950 (14 days, including PADI Open Water or Advanced Open Water).

Contact us for a personalised quote for your adventure with us!

Bring your dive buddies along and get a group discount.



Email us at info@deepblueconservation.org or download the application form.