Dolphin Research and PADI Diving Course, Zanzibar - African Impact

Dolphin Research and PADI Diving Course, Zanzibar

Zanzibar is renowned for its diverse marine life which includes dolphins and humpback whales and warm crystal clear waters which are perfect for diving and snorkeling. Spend your weeks researching and swimming with bottlenose and humpback dolphins and snorkeling on pristine coral reefs, and to top it off become a qualified PADI scuba diver so you can carry on diving all over the world! The data that you collect during your project will contribute towards understanding the effects of tourism on dolphin behavior whilst promoting and educating ethical dolphin tours in Zanzibar.

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AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:

  • 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.

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, where your home will be during your stay. You will be greeted with stunning white sandy beaches that run along the entire coast, scattered with coconut palm trees and warm and friendly locals.

Living in a private beach house that steps right out onto the sea front, the area itself is known for its world-class snorkelling, scuba-diving and marine-spotting opportunities. Whether you’re jumping into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to explore the coral reefs, snorkelling with the resident dolphins or sunning yourself on the beach, 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.

Dates & Rates

PLEASE NOTE: The PADI course is not included in the price, so please enquire for additional pricing.

Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact home in Jambiani – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
  • 3 fresh and delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
  • A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
  • All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • PADI course
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

Why volunteer with African Impact?

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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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