Volunteering holiday with Dolphins in Greece

7 days
Duration
Alonissos Island
Location
11+
Age
Jun-Sep
Dates

Join this Dolphin conservation Project with daily dolphin tours on a Greek island!

 

Picture this: next Summer you arrive by ferry boat at the lush, green Greek island of Alonissos. Disembark at Patitiri, the picture-perfect port and main town of the island. You are at the heart of the National Marine Park of Northern Sporades. A hide-away for dolphins, the extremely rare Mediterranean Monk Seal and birds like the Eleonora’s falcon. In this idyllic setting (the Mama Mia! movie was shot in this part of Greece) you become part of the dolphin conservationist team. The coming week  you will assist researchers at sea during daily dolphin tours. Check out this video made by Australian travelers during their 1st (but not their last) Volunteering holiday with dolphins in Greece to get a taste of the experience.

Period:  June till September 2018 – weekly departures

Join this unique opportunity to volunteer in a dolphin conservation project in the Greek National Marine Park of Alonissos. The 4 species of dolphins that can be found in Greek waters are under threat. Your help is needed to obtain deep knowledge of their behaviour and of their population status and trends. Assist researchers with daily dolphin tours aboard the well-equipped vessel. There is a kitchen and lunch will be prepared aboard. This is not a “live-aboard” though! You will stay in a house on Alonissos with the other participants.

Get introduced in the field station on Alonissos Island to research methods such as dorsal fin photography and GPS-recording. During the evenings there will be lectures by the field biologists on dolphin life history, behavior and identification, threats faced by marine mammals and marine research methods.

However, it is not all work that awaits you here. There is time to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the island, mingle with the locals, savor the yummy local delicacies, swim and snorkel and walk on the old footpaths of the islands in the National Marine Park.

This vacation is suitable for families, solo-travelers, couples & friends. Children as young as 11 years old can participate. Group size varies per week. Ranging from between 4 – 12 persons on the boat.

Contact us to inquire or book this holiday

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Alonissos Island
TOUR DURATION 7-days
PRICE €850 p.p. adult

€750 p.p. minors/students

Includes
  • Conservation volunteering work program with daily surveys at sea
  • breakfasts 6 x
  • lunches 6 x
  • local support
  • accommodation – 7 nights in house on Alonissos
  • partial insurance (when working as a volunteer)
  • travel assistance
Excludes
  • dinner (max. 10 Euro per meal)
  • drinks
  • transportation to and from Alonissos Island
  • personal travel insurance

Other Information:

Stay at a fully equipped house at Patitiri, the main port of Alonissos, which is in close proximity to the organization’s Information Center. The house can host up to seven people and is located on the ground floor; it has two bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate room with a shower, a fully equipped kitchen, a library and a big porch with a dinner table, viewing the sea. It is possible to have your room with your travel partner(s).  Contact us for available rooms!

Clean sheets and towels are provided. Participants must keep the house clean during their stay and have to hand it over clean and tidy on their departure.

Internet access

The house does not have a Wi-Fi connection. Nevertheless, participants may use the internet connection at the nearby Information Center of the charity.

Contact us for travel assistance on how to get to Alonissos Island, the project location.

You can get to Alonissos only by boat, from Skiathos/Skopelos, Volos and Agios Konstantinos on a daily basis, and from Kymi, 3 times per week. Seasonal scheduled trips might also be available from Mandoudi port at Evia, a little bit northern to Kymi.

Volos is 358 km away from Athens and 212 km from Thessaloniki, about 4 and 2  1/2 hours drive respectively, on the national highway. You can arrive at Volos by bus, car or directly by plane to Volos airport. The trip by boat from Volos to Alonissos takes approximately 5 hours and by a catamaran 3 1/2 hours.

Agios Konstantinos is 168 km from Athens, less than 2 hours drive on the national highway. You can arrive at Agios Konstantinos by bus or by car. The trip by boat to Alonissos takes approximately 5 hours and by catamaran 31/2 hours.

Kymi is 149 km from Athens, a 2 1/2 hour drive on the national highway and on country road. You can arrive at Kymi by bus or by car. The trip by boat to Alonissos takes approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Skiathos is also an island of the Northern Sporades. You can get to Skiathos by plane and then by boat (2 hours) or fast ferry (1 1/2 hours) to Alonissos.

 

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Day 1

Arrive at Thessaloniki airport. Get your transfer from the airport to the port of Thessaloniki. The ferry boat in the port takes you directly to Alonissos Island. There are also other ways to reach Alonissos Island: via Athens airport or via Skiathos airport. Ferry boat schedules available at www.ferries.gr.  Contact us for any questions, support and advice.

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Day 2-6

Depending on the weather conditions, the dolphin tours may take place either in the morning or in the afternoon, lasting from about 3 to 7 hours. In cases where the sea state is more than 3 Beaufort and/or visibility is poor, dolphin tours will be interrupted or not implemented at all.

Rough timetable:
7:00 – 8:15

Wake-up, breakfast, prepare for survey.
8:30 – 15:30
Time at sea during daily dolphin tours.

Depending on the day’s outcome, usually around 12:00-13:00 there is a lunch break. We cook and eat on board, whereas there is also some time for swimming and snorkeling.
15:30 – 18:00 Free time to chill and plan your own activities.
18:00 – 20:00
Meeting at the Information Center. Photo-identification or Educational Seminars or Documentary screenings.
20:00 – 7:00

Time to savor Greek food, relax and sleep.

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Day 7

Departure day. You must leave the house before 4 PM on Sunday. Leave by ferry boat, sail either to Thessaloniki or Athens or Skiathos Island to catch your flight. Alternatively you extend your stay at another accommodation on Alonissos. Or you extend your trip with one night in Thessaloniki before taking a flight home. It is also possible to book the Volunteering with Dolphins holiday for a second week. At a reduced price.

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5.00 based on 1 review
August 8, 2017

Overall holiday review and rating: An excellent experience !!! We didn’t want to leave. 5 *****

Suzie Fitzpatrick
USA

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