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Out of This World 

The Western Cape is a marine treasure trove. It is easy to fall in love with the magic of its melting pot of biodiversity. A shark lovers paradise this coastline offers interns the opportunity to dive with pelagic species like blue sharks and mako sharks and coastal dwelling species including our endemic catsharks and the prehistoric sevengill cowshark. Who can forget the species this area is famous for – the great white shark?! 

But like all of our programmes our Cape Town expedition is about more than the sharks that call South Africa home. 

At the Marine Protection Project we believe in an ecosystem-based approach to conservation. Through our Cape Town expedition you will get the opportunity to experience breath-taking kelp forests, learn about the creatures big and small that inhabit the spectacular rocky coastline and engage in local community conservation initiatives.

But most importantly you will become equipped with the skills to make a difference to marine conservation and memories to last a lifetime. 

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Our Programme

Our Cape Town expeditions run in October and November each year and are kickstarted with two weeks at our base in Mossel Bay where you get the chance to get a flavour of our home projects, including penguin and seabird rehabilitation, collect data on great white sharks for our artificial intelligence project and plastic monitoring. After your introduction to life in Mossel Bay we head down the west coast to experience the Atlantic Ocean.

Excursions available on our Cape Town expeditions:

  • Offshore diving with pelagic sharks

  • Kelp forest scuba diving and surveys

  • Seal snorkelling

  • Two Oceans Aquarium

  • Hiking Table Mountain & Lions Head

  • Lectures from resident marine biologists and local conservation projects

  • Beach cleans and plastic monitoring

  • Shark cage-diving

  • Whale watching

If you are unable to join us for our Cape Town expedition it is possible to go on excursions to Cape Town on weekends during our Mossel Bay programme subject to the number of participants who want to take part in this activity.

Ready to Dive In?

 Join us in October or November 2021 for the adventure of a lifetime on our Cape Town Expedition. The month long programme starts with two weeks working on our projects in Mossel Bay and is followed by two weeks in Cape Town. 

It is possible to join us for only the two weeks in Cape Town if you are unable to commit to one month.

Spaces are limited so email our volunteer coordinator today for more information and to receive our brochure. What are you waiting for?