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Whales, dolphin and turtle conservation

Project name:

Biosphere Expeditions (2)

Project purpose:

Whales, dolphin and turtle conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching


Portugal (Azores)


average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Comfortable guest house

When does the project run?


More information needed!

How long can I stay?


None. You do not need to be a scientist or have any special qualifications - everyone can take part and there are no age limits whatsoever.

Most work is boat-based, so you do not need to be particularly fit, but it is important that you are steady on your feet, have reasonable eyesight and have no medical conditions affecting your sense of balance or ability to hold on when the sea is bouncy. We will walk approximately two kilometres to and from the harbour each day.

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

You will photograph sperm, blue, fin, Sei, humpback and minke whales, as well as bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins you come across and record them for local and international monitoring databases. You will also listen to whale and dolphin vocalisations. If sea conditions allow, you may also capture loggerhead turtles in the open ocean using nets and then measure, tag and release them as part of an international tagging programme. All this in an effort to elucidate the animals’ life histories and migration patterns across the oceans and assist with the formulation of effective conservation and management strategies. You will spend the day on a modern catamaran research vessel out at sea and your evenings and nights at an historic and comfortable guesthouse in the town of Horta on Faial Island.

Reviews & ratings



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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