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

Weekly cost (approx USD):




Philippines (Ticao)

South-East Asia

1 Ratings


Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science


Shared accommodation

When does the project run?


More information needed!

How long can I stay?


  • 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

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."

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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