Shark conservation

Project name:

Shark Life

Project purpose:

Shark conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • scuba diving

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • gain qualification and/or credit

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

Wild Sun Rescue Center


private room

When does the project run?


electricity, cooking facilities, accomoodation included, shower, local shops, wifi

How long can I stay?


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

Through the program you will gain field experience with sharks and their environments.The program consists of four main components which build your knowledge and skills through theory, practical exercises and time in the ocean.

  1. Theory Sessions - shark species fundamentals, shark conservation tactics, diving with sharks

  2. Lab Practical Sessions - anatomical features of sharks and rays, various tagging techniques, specimen sampling techniques

  3. Ocean Practical Sessions - freediving skill development (certification), boating and beach logistics, shark encounter experience, research data collection

  4. Assessment Sessions - species presentations, conservation project abstracts, final exams, shark ID drill


Additional activities are varied depending on current programs at the sharlife ocean centre:

  • Assist with educating local school groups

  • Develop displays for the shark museum

  • Maintain research equipment 

  • Catalog museum specimens

  • Collate and input research data

A few key benefits:

  • Get close to sharks

  • Get an accredited Free-diving certification

  • Gain worthwhile marine field experience

  • Develop seamanship skills

  • Examine real shark and ray specimens 

  • Encounter diverse marine mega fauna

  • Dive in warm clear ocean environments

  • Visit nearby Big 5 Game Reserves (optional extra)

  • Study in a World Heritage Site

  • Support a long standing non-profit shark conservation organisation

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

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


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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