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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

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

Wild Sun Rescue Center


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



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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