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Marine Conservation Volunteering in Madagascar
Marine Conservation Volunteering in Madagascar

Marine Conservation Volunteering in Madagascar

The vivid multi-coloured corals and luxuriant sea grass beds provide rich feeding grounds for an extraordinary array of colourful reef fish, rays, sea urchins, anemones, octopus and even sea turtles, while barracuda, sharks, dolphins, migrating whales and shoals of pelagics cruise the deep blue waters offshore. You can explore this exquisite, untarnished underwater world as you learn to dive off the island of Nosy Be. Meaning ‘Big Island’ in Malagasy, this location certainly lives up to its name.


165 million years of isolation have created a globally important biodiversity treasure with over 80% of species endemic to this island paradise. Frontier Madagascar’s conservation project is located on the island of Nosy Be in the northwest Mozambique Channel. Characterised by shallow continental shelf waters, the mangrove and coral reef ecosystems are home to a diverse array of associated fauna and flora and home to many charismatic and unique marine mega and micro fauna.

Population growth and removal of foreign aid has led to chronic stress on these coastal zones as a result of socio economic anthropogenic pressures. Increased deforestation causes sedimentation to the reefs and the cutting down of mangroves for wood and building materials has removed many precious nursery areas for coral reef fauna.

The Malagasy government is now working with international conservation and aid agencies to halt this destruction and save the island's invaluable biodiversity and Frontier volunteers are an integral part of this effort.

Why dive in Madagascar?

The marine research and conservation programme is run in association with L'Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marine, with whom Frontier has been in partnership since 2000. This research and conservation project aims to provide the local communities, stakeholders and government bodies with the information they need to design and implement management plans for the future protection of this pristine marine ecosystem.

What opportunities does Frontier offer to volunteer in marine conservation in Madagascar?

Volunteers can take join our Madagascar Marine Conservation and Diving project from only 1 week up to 6 months. Participants will learn marine conservation surveying techniques and will then get involved in collecting data for our ongoing conservation initiatives. Those with some experience or qualifications in this area may wish to get practical field experience on our 2 month-long Marine Conservation N.G.O. Internship. Marine conservation isn't all about diving though. Mangroves are truly a frontline for global conservation efforts, and if mangroves are your interest then consider our newest conservation project in madagascar, the Mangrove Conservation Project.

If you're not sure which placement to choose, please fill in our short application form and one of our volunteer advisors will call you back to talk you through the options and answer any questions.


“Over my two month stay I made new friends, learned about the local marine life, and went from never diving to a certified PADI DiveMaster. Mornings were filled with diving and the afternoons with learning fish species and enjoying the Madagascan beach lifestyle.  Never having dived before I discovered a new passion that I now want to further pursue.”- AJ Muheim, Madagascar Marine Conservation & Diving


See our Madagascar marine conservation volunteering placements below:

Madagascar, Marine Conservation

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Madagascar Marine Conservation & Diving

Dive in some of the least explored marine sites in the world, helping further the research and protection of these pristine ecosystems and work towards a sustainable environment in Madagascar.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$445

  • Prices: from US$445
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Marine
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: MGM

Madagascar Teaching, Wildlife & Diving

An unforgettable teaching experience, a breathtaking trek through the prolific forests teeming with flora and fauna and scuba diving in one of the best diving spots in the world!
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$295

  • Prices: from US$295
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: TEFL
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: MGA

Madagascar Beach Conservation

Change the lives of those around you for the better and leave a legacy that will last for decades to come in Nosy Be, Madagascar's most perfect tropical island paradise.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$295

  • Prices: from US$295
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Marine
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: MBC

Madagascar Marine Conservation N.G.O. Internship

Dive in some of the least explored coral reefs in the world and research and protect pristine coastal ecosystems on a Frontier-Madagascar marine conservation internship.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$2,945

  • Prices: from US$2,945
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Marine
  • Duration: 2 Months +
  • Project code: MMI

Madagascar Mangrove Conservation Project

Discover, monitor and assess the huge variety of Madagascar's exotic and rare species as you trek through remote regions of this hugely exciting island with Frontier-Madagascar.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$295

  • Prices: from US$295
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Enviro
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: MMP

Madagascar Divemaster Internship

Achieve your professional PADI diving qualification and gain work experience in marine conservation whilst diving the pristine waters of Madagascar.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$5,095

  • Prices: from US$5,095
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Scuba
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Project code: MDI

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