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Mozambique Whale Sharks

Mozambique Whale Sharks

In seas teeming with exotic, jewel-coloured wildlife, work closely alongside the ancient and mysterious whale shark, and help to preserve these gentle giants of the sea.

Prices from $3,395

Mozambique – the word evokes images of pristine coastline, beautiful terracotta tiled towns and fascinating Arab influenced culture. However, there is much more to this unique country than being simply an idyllic holiday destination. As well as boasting a cultural heritage which is an unusual amalgamation of Portuguese, Asian and indigenous origins and traditions, Mozambique provides a home for a plethora of exotic wildlife. Its seas are teeming with life including sleek manta rays, jewel green turtles, dolphins, curious animals such as sea sponges and much more. However, perhaps its most appealing and certainly its most intriguing aquatic species is the wondrous whale shark. Vast in size and steel-grey in colour, they glide silently through the profound waters of the Indian Ocean, filtering algae and fish into their wide mouths. However despite their impressive physicality (they can grow up to 12.65 metres in length and often weigh the same as a small elephant), whale sharks have been described as gentle and even playful, and make ideal swimming companions. Sadly these elegant aquatic inhabitants are threatened for a variety of reasons. Help in the preservation of Mozambique's whale sharks as you explore this lesser known but hugely attractive destination and have a totally unforgettable gap year, year out or career break!


  • Explore the endless beaches & ancient towns of Mozambique
  • Help to protect the mysterious whale shark
  • Promote the welfare of these creatures


Location Mozambique
Activities Monitor whale shark numbers
Monitor loggerhead turtle nesting activity
Monitor coral reef conditions
Data collection
Tag adult loggerhead turtles
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Varies according to project site
Accommodation Beach hut


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers to project
Project orientation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
PADI Open Water dive qualification


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.


Mozambique's extensive coral reefs are damaged and in danger from total destruction from several directions. Climate change and subsequent rising sea temperatures damage the coral by affecting the enzymes that form the foundation of the reef – this process is known as bleaching. Consequently other species that live symbiotically with the reef also begin to die out. Coral reefs are not only extremely beautiful, but they sustain vast volumes of biodiversity and are essential for life on earth. Whale sharks are threatened by the same aspects that threaten reefs, in addition to accidental death from fishing nets, sound pollution, water pollution and habitat destruction. This project is vital to sustain and boost natural populations of these gentle giants of the ocean.


The key aim of this project is to monitor whale shark numbers and behaviour, along with loggerhead turtle nesting activity and coral reef condition, with the long term view of developing a strategy for the future coastal zone management. The project is split into three phases – with the first, main phase focusing on whale sharks. You will snorkel in the same waters as these magnificent animals, brushing up on your underwater photography and carrying out vital data collection. You may also encounter dolphin pods as they feed and play in the clear waters. The second phase concentrates on the overall conservation of the reef itself, which forms the vital basis for the multitude of complex food webs and therefore for the thousands of precious species which rely upon them. You will monitor the area alongside experienced divers who will provide extensive dive training up to PADI Open Water. Concluding your experience with the third phase you will patrol loggerhead turtle nesting sites and tag adult specimens, in order to discover more about the behavioural patterns of these threatened marine creatures.


You will be collected from Inhambane Airport in Mozambique. The whale shark research project moves following the whale sharks. The project site varies with the seasons and whale shark movements can't be predicted months in advance. You need to keep in touch with us after you've booked your place and definitely contact us before you book your flight.


Your accommodation will be in a clean and comfortable beach hut situated on one of Mozambique's fabulous pristine beaches, where you can spend your evenings relaxing in the idyllic surroundings and getting to know your fellow volunteers. Internet may be on offer at an extra cost subject to availability.


You will be provided with three delicious meals a day, except on Sunday, when volunteers cook for themselves. Dishes are based on locally sourced fresh food and your diet will consist of a variety of nutritious and delicious local specialities. Mozambique food is a fascinating fusion of flavours and elements, combining European and African influences. Some delicious dishes to look out for include sopa de feijao verde, which is string bean soup, matata, which is clam and peanut stew, and dishes cooked with piri piri sauce – watch out this means spicy!

I had a whale (shark) of a time - thank you Frontier!  | 4 Dec 2016
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Definitely a once in a life time experience!  | 16 Apr 2016
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Mozambique has an incredible array of activities to occupy visitors, many centring around aquatic sports, all of which can be booked with local providers. Try sea kayaking, sailing or a trip in a traditional dhow. Try Tofo beach and Barra beach for other land-based activities such as horse riding and for sightings of such creatures as the unusual dugong and the stunning manta ray. For those with an interest in local arts and crafts, travel into nearby towns to sample the wares at the colourful markets and maybe even take home a handcrafted souvenir.


4 weeks $3,395

Extra week $845


First Monday of every month from January to November



4 weeks and longer


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up
  • PADI Open Water dive qualification


Nearest airport(s): Inhambane (INH)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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