Tanzania Beach Conservation

  • mafia island, Arusha Region, Tanzania

Your Tanzania adventure begins with a thrilling journey high above the turquoise Indian Ocean, as you fly to Mafia Island - the most beautiful of Tanzania's spice islands, where tranquil white sand beaches, friendly villagers and world-class snorkelling and scuba diving sites combine to make this a true tropical paradise.

Snorkel off the island's dazzling white sand beaches, swim among the clouds of tropical fish in every colour of the rainbow and wander along the empty shores. Let Mafia's vibrant culture and friendly communities warmly welcome you.

You will be joining an ongoing conservation and community development project, which means that you could be helping to assess the health of the reef while you snorkel, or helping local people to learn English to improve their employment prospects in the Marine Park. Plus there will be plenty of time to relax under a palm tree and gaze at the sun-drenched ocean or laze in your hammock and enjoy the breeze.

Tanzania's coast is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. The crystal clear waters host a wealth of marine habitats and wildlife, making this a perfect location to swim and snorkel and explore a pristine, magical underwater world.

The vivid, multi-hued coral reefs support a dazzling array of tropical reef fish and provide rich feeding grounds for turtles, rays and other marine creatures, whilst the deep blue offshore waters support sharks, dolphins and whale sharks, as well as vast shoals of cruising pelagics.

Swim and snorkel to explore this pristine seascape and you'll discover extensive areas of undamaged coral, healthy populations of multicoloured fish, see turtles and marine mammals, and you may have the chance to learn to recognise a huge diversity of inter-tidal animals from tiny hermit crabs to pastel-hued anemones.

On shore apart from relaxing on the island's perfect, undeveloped beaches, you may have the chance to work in the lush mangrove forests, unique ecosystems which straddle water and land. Or you could learn about the activities of the traditional fishermen, as well as discovering and reporting which marine organisms are being sustainably harvested and which are being dangerously depleted.

The activities you'll carry out will be rewarding and exciting, and hugely beneficial to Mafia Island Marine Park's conservation efforts, as well as being amazing fun! At the end of the day you will gain immense satisfaction from knowing that you have helped in the effort to save this precious marine wilderness, protecting it for future generations.

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  • mafia island, Arusha Region, Tanzania
  • Duration:

    Less than 3 months
  • Time commitment:

    A lot (10+ hours/week)
  • Times of day:

    Mornings Afternoons
  • Days of week:

    Weekdays
  • Schedule:

    Flexible schedule
  • Extra details:

    Fee required
  • Appropriate for:

    Groups
  • International volunteer options:

    International volunteers welcome

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