Escape to Madagascar – the magical island which is home to some of the world's most spectacular and least explored tropical forests, white sand beaches and coral reefs. The crystal clear waters host a dazzling array of pristine marine habitats and support a huge diversity and abundance of marine creatures. The tropical forests support a huge diversity of rare and endemic creatures, from lemurs to venomless snakes and chameleons.
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 swim and snorkel off the island of Nosy Be. Meaning ‘Big Island’ in Malagasy this location certainly lives up to its name.
Snorkel off the island's dazzling white sand beaches, swim among the clouds of tropical fish in every colour of the rainbow and wander along the empty shores. Let the vibrant culture and friendly communities warmly welcome you. Swim and snorkel to explore this pristine seascape and you'll discover extensive areas of undamaged coral, healthy populations of multicoloured fish, see turtles and marine mammals while you learn to recognise a wide diversity of inter-tidal animals, from tiny hermit crabs to pastel-hued anemones.
On shore, apart from relaxing on the island's perfect, undeveloped beaches, you will have the chance to work in the lush mangrove forests’ unique ecosystems, which bridges the land and the ocean.
Mangroves represent a critical coastal ecosystem that have an incredible impact on our lives. They help in preserving biodiversity as nursery grounds for many marine and coastal species and fisheries. They contribute in protecting coastal communities against extreme weather events such as hurricanes and stabilise coastlines by reducing soil erosion.
In Madagascar, mangroves occupy a huge range of climatic and environmental conditions along the western coastline. Nine mangrove tree species have been recorded on the territory. Each of them is fundamental to the sustainability of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems in Madagascar. For this reason, the Frontier Madagascar project is focused in pursuing Mangroves conservation and preservation, contributing to the restoration of the deforested areas.
Your days will be eventful; the work will be challenging, rewarding and fun. Your discoveries will be of huge benefit to the conservation of these mangrove forests and you will gain immense satisfaction from knowing that you have helped protect these precious natural resources for future generations. The results from your investigations will supply vital information on the Madagascan coastline to enable the sustainable management of natural resources in the region and the protection of the marine wildlife.
Help to preserve Madagascar's marine and coastal biodiversity
Make lifelong friends and return with incredible stories, photos and memories
Expand your experience in tropical marine and coastal conservation field work
Environmental education days in the local schools and community groups
Swim and snorkel off the beach to locate, and explore, the crystal clear Indian Ocean
Discover the effects of global warming on marine communities
The Island of Nosy Be, Madagascar
Airport pickup is available on the first and third Monday of the month. Alternative start dates possible, additional £35 applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser.
Before you go:
Travel advice & documentation
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)
All camp accommodation & food
Local orientation & comprehensive project training
Project equipment & camp equipment
24 hour in-country support
International HQ emergency support & back-up
Airport pick-up available for those arriving on the first and third Monday of the month
Internal ground transfers for those arriving on the first and third Monday of the month
Discover scuba dive training courses (extra cost applies) subject to availability & to length of stay
Free park & reserve entrance fees & research permits if applicable
CoPE qualification available (confers UCAS points) subject to time constraints
Snorkelling and swimming off the diving boats(extra cost applies)
Discounted advanced dive courses may be available (you will need to rent your own personal dive kit including wet suit, fins, mask and snorkel)
PADI Open Water diver US$595
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver US$561
PADI Emergency First Response US$221
PADI Rescue Diver US$595
PADI Dive Master US$1,275
A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.