Manta ray conseravtion

Project name:

Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute (LAMAVE) (2)

Project purpose:

Manta ray conseravtion

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • scuba diving


Philippines (Ticao)

South-East Asia

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Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science


Shared accommodation


  • At least 21 years old

  • Minimum commitment of 3 months

  • Proficiency in English & computer skills

  • Excellent swimming/snorkelling skills and ability to free-dive to 7m

  • Physically fit enough to spend several hours a day on a boat and/or in the water, frequently in rough conditions and current

  • Ability to live closely with a small community and respect their culture

  • Able to work independently and as part of a team

  • Comfortable living in a shared home and in a remote setting with extremely basic amenities

  • Strong work ethic with a willingness to work long and sometimes irregular hours if necessary

  • A degree in marine science, zoology, environmental sciences or related subjects are preferred

  • Strong interest in marine biology, research and conservation


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Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

This project has a minimum volunteer duration of 1 months, with a monthly fee of $800 ($200 weekly)

Typical working day:

5:30-11:00 am : diving or data processing (if dry day)

12:00-13:00 am: lunch

14-15:00 pm: data processing/ activities (e.g presentation, education)

16:00 pm: free time

Please ensure you meet the following criteria:

  • At least 21 years old

  • At least PADI Advanced Diver (or equivalent) with over 80 dives and comfortable in strong currents

  • Own diving equipment (mask, regulators, BCD, fins, dive computer, and safety devices) is preferred, although it can also be rented

  • Personal diving insurance

  • Willing to commit for at least 1 month

  • A contribution of $800 USD per month (see page 8), which cover accommodation, food, and diving (related to the research activity), at Ticao Island Resort (

  • Comfortable living in a shared home (up to 3 people per room) and in a remote setting with basic amenities

  • Willing to work long and irregular hours out at sea (up to 8hours), if needed

  • Fluent in English

  • Able to work independently and as part of a team • Interest in marine megafauna, research and conservation





"The aim of the project is to conserve and restore manta and devil ray populations in the Philippines. There is currently a lack of knowledge regarding the stock identity and the geographical range of these populations in the Philippines. LAMAVE is collecting biological (e.g manta photo identification by deploying remote underwater video), ecological (e.g residency by using acoustic telemetry), environmental (e.g current, food availability), and socio-economic (e.g benefits generated by the manta diving tourism) data to be able to design a proper conservation and recovery strategy, taking into consideration the local communities depending on this area. This data will set the basis for the creation of the first dedicated manta ray sanctuary in the Philippines."

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