Volunteer with Great White Shark & Marine Wildlife in South Africa

Volunteer with Great White Shark & Marine Wildlife in South Africa

Volunteer with Great White Shark & Marine Wildlife in South Africa

Trip Details:

Operator:   Marine Volunteers
Price From: 675 USD
Ideal Age Range:  19 to 30, 31 to 50
Fitness Needs:  Moderately Fit
Program duration: 1 week
Trip Dates: 01-01-2017

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About this program

Known as the White Shark Capital of the World, Gansbaai, South Africa is a very popular destination for tourists hoping to witness Great White Sharks in the wild.

Here’s your chance to take part in a Great White Shark volunteer program and see for yourself! This thrilling volunteer program works alongside marine biologists as they study Great White Sharks and other South African marine wildlife, as well as other marine experts as they conduct responsible tourism aboard their shark cage-diving and whale-watching vessels. You may choose a duration of 1-12 weeks at this exciting program, pricing is outlined in the itinerary below. 

You’ll have the chance to assist in the study of shark biology, behavior and marine conservation, whilst lending a hand to the other crew and assisting with the safety and general well-being of travelers on the shark diving boat. By participating as a volunteer, you will take part in crucial conservation efforts as well as related community projects, including beach clean-ups. You will also have the chance to go on shark cage dives, and if volunteering for more than 4 weeks, you may go on the research boat.

This is the experience of a lifetime for nature-lovers, people interested in responsible ecotourism, or anyone who ever dreamed, or is dreaming of becoming a marine biologist!


Working alongside world leaders in responsible marine ecotourism, research, and conservation. Help with daily tourism operations, educate ecotourists, and assist marine biologists with their data collection on Great White and Bronze Whaler Sharks, whales, dolphins, and other marine species.

If staying for 4 weeks or longer, you may have the opportunity to become more involved in the work that the marine biologists are doing, such as data entry, taking photo IDs, etc. 

Set in the Great White Shark capital of the world, you will have the opportunity to take part in conservation and community projects, cage dive, and gain experience working with other crew and tourists on the shark diving boat.

Rates for 2019:

1 Week: $675 USD

2 Weeks: $1225 USD

3 Weeks: $1750 USD

4 Weeks: $2090 USD

* Additional Weeks after 4 Weeks: $450 USD / Week.

** Prices are subject to fluctuate with currency changes as original prices are in South African Rand (ZAR).

Country Fast Facts

South Africa

Flag Flag_of_South_Africa.svg
Continent: Africa
Official Language(s) 11 - Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, English, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital: No official capital. Three branches of government split between Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein
Population 54,956,900 (2015)
Climate(s) Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean (Warm/Temperate), Humid Subtropical, Oceanic (Subtropical/Warm/Temperate)
Major Airport(s): Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Durban (DUR)
Economic Driver(s): Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism

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