Dolphin Research and PADI Diving Course, Zanzibar

Zanzibar is renowned for its diverse marine life, which includes dolphins and humpback whales, and its warm crystal clear water that is perfect for diving and snorkeling. Spend your weeks exploring the pristine coral reefs as you research and swim with bottlenose and humpback dolphins. During your time on this marine conservation volunteer program, you will also gain your PADI scuba diver certification so you can carry on diving all over the world! The data you collect will be used to understand the effects of tourism on dolphin behavior and contribute towards promoting ethical dolphin tours in Zanzibar.


  • Monitor dolphins in their natural habitat and study the impact of tourism on their behaviour
  • Snorkel in beautiful coral reefs whilst collecting vital coral bleaching data
  • Become a qualified PADI diver so you can enjoy diving anywhere in the world
  • Swim with dolphins in an ethical way whilst promoting responsible dolphin tourism
  • Teach enthusiastic conservation club students and inspire them to look after their environment
  • Interact with the local community, learn Swahili, and live in one of the most beautiful places in the world

About the Destination

Zanzibar is a tropical paradise, an island just off the coast of Tanzania that is rich in culture, history, and also home to some of the most beautiful coastlines in Eastern Africa. When you think of crystal, turquoise oceans and endless white sandy beaches, Zanzibar is it. Zanzibar is the perfect location to ‘get off the grid’, while also making long-lasting and sustainable change for the local people and the resident dolphin population.

The bustling city of Stone Town is where you will fly into and the area itself is a hub of activity, with traders selling spices, fruits and fish caught fresh that day on every street corner, while also boasting the impressive title of a World Heritage Site. Just an hour away from Stone Town is the beautiful coastal village of Jambiani, your home during your stay. You will be greeted with white sandy beaches scattered with coconut palm trees.

Living in a private beach house that steps right out onto the sea front, the area itself is known for its world-class snorkeling, scuba-diving and marine-spotting opportunities. Some of the ways you will spend your free time is enjoying the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, exploring the coral reefs, snorkeling with the resident dolphins, or sunning yourself on the beach.

Dates & Rates

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Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your stay
  • 3 meals a day cooked by a local chef (weekdays only)
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport to and from project
  • 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
  • Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
  • Project equipment and resources
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights (we can assist you with this)
  • Discounted PADI Open Water Diving Course, including equipment
  • Medical or travel insurance (we can assist you with this)
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs

Volunteer Reviews

“I really loved my time here. It was amazing to meet so many new volunteers and to experience so many new things. It was a great adventure to get to know a new culture and to get to interact with the community. Seeing the dolphins on a daily basis was incredible and I really felt very safe. It exceeded my best expectations for sure!”

Marine Mevius, Holland

“Dolphin Conservation Zanzibar is an amazing project in an unforgettable landscape. You will enjoy marine animals and coral reefs and you will feel you make a difference. After this experience, you won’t be a tourist anymore, you will be a person caring about your environment. And you will learn the importance of smiling every moment and make the best of the moment.”

Ana Martinez Fernandez, Spain

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