Marine Mammal Programme

The coral islands and marine reserves around Shimoni are on our doorstep. The local fishing community and sport fishermen remain dynamic and the environment is full of marine life. Miles of amazing diving and snorkeling inside Kisite Mpunguti marine reserve are just a boat ride away, where 95% of visits include seeing and swimming alongside dolphins, turtles, snappers, rays and many of the most amazing fish of the Indian Ocean. The Shimoni area also has an interesting and rich history and equally interesting flora and fauna.

  •  Using boat and land observation points, monitor dolphin and whale behaviours in Shimoni and Kisite Marine Park areas
  •  Gather data including species, population, behaviours, movement and collect identifying sound recordings
  •  Use photographic tagging to identify and document individuals


Day 1

•Welcome meeting and arrival orientation.

• All necessary project training by experienced staff.

Day 2-13

• Collecting population and distribution data on marine mammals.

• Determining residence rates and habitat residents.

• Assessing current human impact on dolphins and whales.

• Assisting partners in developing a ‘code of conduct’.

• Immersion in traditional coastal Swahili culture.

• Snorkelling some of Kenya’s finest coral reefs in search of turtles.

• Experiencing the amazing mega-fauna of the island that includes whales white sharks and manta rays (seasonal).

Day 14


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  • RAW - Reef and Wildlife Marine Mammal Programme
  • Accomodation Volunteers stay within the compound of the beautiful Shimoni Reef Lodge in the “Coral House” – in shared accommodation. Meals are provided.
  • Two Weeks: Field Activity and Community Program
  • The Project Costs: £1360 for two weeks and £1980 for four.
  • Visit RAW Website for more information and booking: