Marine conservation & Adventure

founded in 2014
Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives
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Coordinator | Imad
Coordinator | Imad
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Gain hands on experience working in a marine environment with incredible animals such as turtles
Gain knowledge and experience in a variety of eco systems surrounding the island
Contribute to one of the largest databases for coral surveying on Coral Watch
Learn about what local life is like in the Maldives
Learn more about coral reefs and what organisms you can find in them
Gain hands on experience in a marine environment with incredible animals such as sea turtles! Gain knowledge and experience in coral reef monitoring and coral gardening This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

This program is a great chance to get involved in marine conservation and work closely with the amazing sea turtles.  Sea turtles are brought to the turtle rehabilitation center after being kept as pets or after being found in the wild injured/sick, these turtles will then be rehabilitated and kept in the center until they are ready to be released.  The program is run by our resident marine biologist, allowing you to learn from and work with other ocean enthusiasts.  You will also take part in coral gardening in an attempt to restore the degraded reefs.  There is an opportunity to learn and take part in reef monitoring, to record the health of the surrounding reefs.

You will be given the chance to immerse yourself in a different culture and experience the 'real' Maldives. The Maldives is far more than just luxury resorts (although you will get chance to experience the luxurious resorts too).

Volunteers will work closely with our resident marine biologist. Daily tasks are varied and may include:

• Cleaning and feeding the rescued turtles
• Conducting reef surveys on atoll islands
• Cleaning the coral frames/assessing coral health
• Organizing community beach cleans/marine awareness sessions

Marine turtle conservation in Huvadhoo Atoll is vitally important for maintaining the ecological balance in the costal, seagrass, coral reef, and oceanic habitats that local communities depend on to maintain their health and livelihoods.  Only seven species of marine turtles currently exist, and they are all under serious threat of extinction. 

Coral reefs need to be regularly monitored as they play a very important role in the Maldives. They are necessary for many species of fish and invertebrates as they provide a safe habitat and protection from predators. They also help to protect coastlines from tropical storms and effects from waves. For the Maldives in particular, the coral reefs are what attracts thousands of tourists every year, making tourism the leading contributor for income. Without the reefs the Maldives would suffer, so the work you would be carrying out as a volunteer will help the resident’s long term! 

Typical day

DDay 1 (Saturday) Arrive in the Maldives

Day 2 (Sunday) Orientation, tour around the island, and visit to uninhabited island

Day 3 (Monday) Introductory session on sea turtle rehabilitation, turtle feeding & have beach diner party 

Day 4 (Tuesday) Turtle feeding, coral gardening & BBQ

Day 5 (Wednesday) Trip to sandbank/uninhabited island & turtle rehabilitation 

Day 6 (Thursday) Coral reef surveying, turtle rehabilitation & Night fishing 

Day 7 (Friday) Trip to uninhabited island, turtle rehabilitation & & BBQ 

Day 8 (Saturday) Turtle rehabilitation, cultural and language exchange and sports with locals 

Day 9 (Sunday) Turtle rehabilitation, coral reef surveying and cultural night

Day 10 (Monday) Turtle rehabilitation & Coral gardening 

Day 11 (Tuesday) Relaxation on unique uninhabited island & coral reef surveying 

Day 12 (Wednesday) Madaveli Island tour & turtle rehabilitation 

Day 13 (Thursday) Turtle rehabilitation, coral gardening & Beach party 

Day 14 (Friday) Free day, Optional activity; Day visit to tourists resorts with a minimum fee to cover transport and access. Discounts available on food and other services 

Day 15 (Saturday) Coral reef surveying, turtle rehabilitation and sports with locals  

Day 16 (Sunday) Turtle rehabilitation & free time

Day 17 (Monday) Uninhabited island trip & turtle rehabilitation

Day 18 (Tuesday) Turtle rehabilitation, dolphin watch and Movie night 

Day 19 (Wednesday) Turtle rehabilitation & planting & coral gardening 

Day 20 (Thursday) Snorkeling & farewell party 

Day 21 (Friday) Coral reef surveying, and getting ready for departure  

Day 22 (Saturday) Goodbye Maldives

Free-time activities

As it is a small island there are limited activities to do in your spare time, however, you can go to local café designated or take a walk to the beach and watch the breathtaking sunsets. You can also spend your spare time enjoying some of the many activities on the island. Locals are huge fans of football, volleyball and Bashi – a traditional Maldivian women’s sport. If you are a person who loves water activities then you are in the right place. The ocean plays the role of a big playground.

Water Sports
Winter Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School/Deploma level
Required Documents
Passport copy, Copy of Academic Certificates and Visa applicant information form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You must be about to swim, and diving skills would be useful.
Good Communication Skills
Friendly and Playful Personality
Experience in Teaching Kid
Open minded
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 09:00 - 17:30

What's Included

Services by Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives

Our volunteer program is ran entirely by Huvadhoo Aid, an NGO based on island of Huvadhoo Atoll. This not-for-profit set up ensures that the entirety of your fee is spent on the costs of your placement. This means that your entire fee goes back into aiding the community.

·         Three meals and Accommodation

·         Domestic travel and airport transfers

·         Volunteer activities, program development 

·         Trip to uninhabited islands, snorkeling trip, fishing trips, and other excursions 

·         Group leader and local guide

·         2GB of WiFi will be provided, additional data requires a fee

·         Airport taxi

Our transparent policy ensures that our volunteers know exactly where their money goes. You will be able to see precisely what your money is being spent on and if you have any questions or issues at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Airport Pickup at Male International Airport

Airport transfers are included in the cost of the program. At Male international airport you will either be taken to the domestic flight terminal or if necessary, to stay overnight in Male, taxi fare to and from the hotel will be paid for. However, if you require an overnight stay in Male you must stay on your own in a hotel which we can help arrange upon request, but you will be charged extra for your stay. You will be taken by speedboat from the local airport to the island and from the island to the airport on departure. 


Campus accommodation based on rooms of three to six person occupancy. Volunteers need to share a room (same sex only) and the rooms are air conditioned and big enough to accommodate three or six volunteers if necessary. All rooms have a shared en suite with hot water available, and rooms are cleaned.

Dorm Room Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Three meals will be provided every day in a local café  as per itinerary and menu agreed. If individual meals sum greater than USD 7, then you will be required to pay the extra amount.Drinks:
When visiting Maldives, it is best to stick with bottled water as this is safer and when in doubt, always ask. As the islands are an Islamic nation, the population does not drink alcohol, however, it is available in most resorts. Locals instead prefer to drink sai or coffee and soft drinks 

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Male International Airport (MLE) in Male. We assist you to find cheap flights to Maldives.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Maldives provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Maldives you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Maldives.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Starting dates for 2020 are 

28th March 

6th June 

27th June 

18th July 

8th August 

29th August 

 19th September

10th October 

31st October  

21st November  

12th December

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 3 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$867 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Marine conservation & Adventure

Gain hands on experience in a marine environment with incredible animals such as sea turtles! Gain knowledge and experience in coral reef monitoring and coral gardening


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