Marine megafauna conservation

Project name:

Marine Megafauna Foundation (2)

Project purpose:

Marine megafauna conservation including: whales, mantas and turtles!

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:


Shared accommodation with other volunteers at the MMF office

When does the project run?


accommodation included, cooking facilities, electricity, nearby medical facilities, hot shower, western toilet, wifi

How long can I stay?


  • PADI Rescue diver with minimum 60 dives

  • Studying marine biology related degree.

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

  • Take part in Ocean safaris and dives

  • Collect identification photos

  • Upload data to worldwide database

  • Public talks about conservation in Tofo

  • Have opportunity to work on own projects

Cost is $260 for the first months training and then $32 each month after this.
Accommodation is approximately $260 a month including bills. (not too sure how it works now as they have changed buildings)

Each month will cost approximately $290 after the initial month of $520

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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