Another destination for those who wants to actively contribute with your time and learn more about other marine animals such as Dolphins and Turtles as well as to protect them, you should visit Diani beach in Kenya.
This amazing paradise you will find south of Mombasa. It is a popular destination and a lot of tourist visit Diani beach every year. Diani Beach is voted Africa’s best beach destination by WTA, second year in a row! This little paradise is world-famous for its superb, snow-white beaches, pristine coral reefs, turquoise clear water and often referred to as “The Jewel of Africa”
I love Kenya!
If you ask me a few places in the world evoke such strong Africa associations as Kenya does. Kenya is protected by a fringing coral reef (the fourth largest in the world) facing the Indian Ocean, and Kenya’s marine biodiversity is truly astounding with some marine species only found here!
Being located directly on the equator, Kenya has a tropical climate with 300 days of sunshine. Throughout the year the temperature in Diani varies between 26-37C, the warmer period being between October till April, while the rain season is between May and June.
Two non-profit organizations which was set up in 2005 to promote marine conservation and create awareness in order to protect East Africa’s marine heritage for future generations. The aim of the project is to get a better understanding about Diani’s Dolphin & Turtle population as well as available Dolphin & Turtle species and their preferred habitat which will serve for future conservation by protecting these habitats. (Dolphins and turtles are seen all year-round. During November and March you can often see manta rays and whale sharks as well with the occasional humpback whale passing by).
You will meet Volker Bassen, a Swed who has been living in Kenya for more than 25 years!
Volker is a highly trained scuba diving professional with 43 individual specialty courses completed in both PADI and SSI. Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden. He has opened 18 scuba diving schools in Kenya since he came in 1990.
He’s trained countless Kenyans to become scuba diving professionals, many of them moving on to work all over the world. With over 6000 dives under his belt combined with his passion for marine biology, he has a profound knowledge about all things concerning our marine heritage.
He resides in Diani Beach where he established the EAWST in 2005, together with his wife Nimu, in order to create awareness about the whale shark and threats facing them. Through his underwater film production company, Deep Vision Films, he inspires his viewers to become more active in marine conservation. His films have won several awards throughout the years.
Your everyday life!
At your stay in Diani it is not only spent on the sea. Some days you will assist in marine research and activities on land, under the guidance of your project coordinator such as
- Photo ID of Dolphins & Turtles on a daily basis (as well as the occasional whale shark)
- Positive Dolphin Interaction (PDI) recording/playback sounds and study dolphin behavior
- Coral restoration where we plant baby corals in our Coral Garden for future transplants
- Patrol the beach in search of turtle nests which we trans-locate to a secure area in order to prevent the eggs to be poached (unfortunately Turtle eggs are considered a delicacy)
- Participate in marine conservation presentations in local schools
- Organize beach cleanups with local school children.
(By involving and teaching local school children in marine education program you are educating the future generation, and by physically involving school children in beach cleanups they will become the future ambassador’s against littering).
When you arrive..
.. you will be picked up at the airport in Mombasa and driven to Diani (35km South of Mbsa) Once here you will be given a briefing about the following days work-schedule, things to do during your spare time, places to visit and other useful advises that will be valuable for you during your stay.
Many hours will be spent on the sea tracking Dolphins and Turtles, for that reason they will first start to teach you snorkeling. Their in-house PADI scuba diving school also offers beginner courses (at greatly discounted prices for you as a volunteer) all the way up to Dive Master and several specialty courses such as UW Photographer, Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, UW Naturalist etc.
Other than that, Diani offers a huge variety of fun activities such as deep-sea fishing,kite surfing, sky diving, kayaking, Jet ski, micro light flying, golf etc.
If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!