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Scuba Dive for Research and Conservation

Cap Ternay Island, Seychelles

Agency | GoEco

We need volunteers who want to contribute to our sea research and conservation program through underwater data collecting and transmitting them to the local government.

The Program

Travel to the Seychelles, an archipelago far away from everything, spend your days underwater collecting data on coral reefs, sea turtles, tropical fish. Volunteers on this program will work closely with partners on marine conservation projects, providing the local government with information on the coral reefs, behavior and nesting patterns of sea turtles. Most of the time on this program will be spent underwater, scuba diving. Outside of normal work, volunteers will have the opportunity to go on dives, exploring underwater wildlife.

While participating in this prorgam, volunteers learn how to identify many species of tropical fish and coral, while scuba diving among deserted tropical islands. PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver training are provided, as well as the opportunity for many other diving courses. Volunteers will undergo intensive training on this project to master the ability to perform scuba dives with the purpose of performing scientific research as well as intensive marine education to learn how to carry out marine surveys, all without disturbing the environment.

Your Contribution

The work you will do on this project will contribute to the development of local awareness and environmental education programs. You will be assigned to a study focusing on either fish or coral during your stay on the project. Your duties as a volunteer may include: 

  • Coral reef monitoring 
  • Invertebrate and fish monitoring
  • Environmental Education Classes
  • Working with kids from the Children's Home

On this program you will work five days a week with your weekends free to explore all the islands have to offer.

Please note 

You should expect to have five to ten dives per week. Scuba diving is heavily weather dependent, so you will need to keep a flexible attitude. When you aren't scuba diving you will spend time with other members of your crew enjoying the beach, eating, and socializing. 

It is important to note that volunteers on this program are required to have a good level of fitness, as well as their PADI Open Water Dive Course. If you do not already have your PADI Open Water Dive course one can be arranged prior to the start of the program through one of the local dive centers in the Seychelles.

The Location

The Seychelles is an island country composed of at least 115 different islands. It is located in the Indian Ocean about 1500 kilometers east of mainland Africa and northeast of Madagascar. The tropical islands of the Seychelles offer a vast array of natural beauty, white sand beaches, an abundance of fauna and flora, and coral reefs that line islands.

The islands of the Seychelles are grouped into outer and inner islands. The inner islands are made of granite and are the tops of underwater mountains. The inner islands are home to huge variety of tropical fish, stingrays, and sea turtles. The outer islands are low laying coral cays and atolls, they make up about half of the land area of the Seychelles but contain only 2 percent of the population. The outer islands are famous for steep underwater wall drops, underwater canyons, and coral reefs.

The Seychelles offer a unique blend of many cultures, as people from Africa, Europe, and Asia have come to the islands leaving their unique mark. The special island culture of the Seychelles is experienced through their music, dance, architecture, and food. The Seychelles are home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Aldabra, the largest raised coral atoll in the world, and the Vallée de Mais Nature Reserve. 

Free-time activities

While in the Seychelles, the possibilities for experiencing island life are endless. While there are over 100 islands in the archipelago of the Seychelles there is a lot of exploring you can do close to the project base on your days off. Mahé Island is the largest granite island in the Seychelles and also home to the capital of the Seychelles, Victoria. The bay of Beau Vallon, on Mahé, is also a great destination for a day trip to swim or snorkel in the crystal clear turquoise waters. The island of Mahé is surrounded by white sand beaches, has large granite cliffs that plunge into the seas below, and is covered in forest mountain terrain. Coral reefs encircle the island and a huge number of fish and invertebrate life are seen just offshore. 

Traveling further around the Seychelles provides endless opportunities, as there are many islands to explore. Praslin, northwest of Mahé, the second largest island in the Seychelles, is a great destination for exploring. Praslin is covered in tropical forest and surrounded by beautiful beaches, most notable are the bird species found on the island, including the endemic Seychelles Bulbul and Black Parrot. Only 1 kilometer northwest of Praslin is Curieuse Island. Curieuse Island is covered in tropical forest and has many beautiful trails for hiking and exploring on day trips. The island is home to about 150 giant sea turtles and has even fewer permanent human residents.

A visit to the island of La Digue is a lot of fun as the island is only 10 square kilometers, making it small enough to travel around the island on a bicycle. It is important to note that if you are traveling between the islands of the Seychelles you need to take your time and adopt the island pace of life as travel distances are long and it takes time. 

Program Add-Ons (Not Incuded):
Take your volunteering experience one step further! 

  • Through the Internship Certification Program, you’ll have a personal mentor who will help you develop leadership skills, routinely assess your progress and provide a professional reference upon completion of the program. 
  • Take part in the Biological Survey Techniques Course for in-depth training that will allow you to effectively plan and execute your own field surveys in the future.

Please note that there is an additional cost for these programs.


Program Requirements

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
Criminal background check (must be officially translated into English)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good level of fitness,
PADI Open Water Dive Course,
a basic comprehension of the science topics you will be studying,
ability to work in a group.
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with GoEco straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Suitable for


Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

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Services by GoEco
  • accommodation: clean and simple mixed dorms
  • three meals a day: prepared by the volunteers
  • airport pickup and drop off
  • local in-country team and 24h emergency support
Airport Pickup at Seychelles International Airport

Volunteers stay in simple and clean mixed-sex dormitories. Bathrooms are also shared and volunteers share the cleaning and other duties as required around the project base.

You can bring biodegradable laundry soap to wash your clothes by hand while on the project base.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Three meals a day are provided and food is mostly vegetarian, with fish or meat available about once a week. The preparation of meals is done by volunteers. The food is simple with breakfast being porridge with fresh fruit and lunch and dinner being rice and beans, pasta, fresh fruit, and vegetables.

Internet Access
Sorry, no 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 Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) in Mahe Island. We assist you to find cheap flights to Seychelles.
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 Seychelles provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Seychelles you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Seychelles.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Cap Ternay Island/Seychelles between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Seychelles.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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