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 2020: 8 June till 7 September – 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. Or: book your own accommodation and participate at a discounted rate.
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.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Alonissos Island|
|PRICE||€850 p.p. adult
€750 p.p. minors/students
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.
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, and Volos on a daily basis. Seasonal scheduled trips might also be available from Kymi and Mandoudi port at Evia.
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.
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.
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.
There are several ways to reach Alonissos Island:
- via Volos airport
- or via Skiathos airport.
Ferry boat schedules available and bookable online at www.ferries.gr.
Contact us for any questions regarding travel advice anytime.
On this first day you arrive by ferry at Patitiri, the port of Alonissos. Meet and greet the marine biologist of the team. Together you walk to your accommodation for this week.
In the evening you get your introduction in the field station on Alonissos Island to dolphins and research methods, such as dorsal fin photography and GPS-recording.
Around 7:00 – 8:15 we wake up, have breakfast at the porch of our house, with stunning sea view. Then, we get prepared for the dolphin tour!
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 to enjoy true Mediterranean underwater fantasy world.
There will also be free time to chill and plan your own activities. Maybe visit around the narrow paved streets of the port, visit other villages of the island, or take a hike to a nearby beach and enjoy the sweet summer sun.
18:00 – 20:00: This is your opportunity to become for a while a research scientist!
We will meet at the Information Center, and depending on how well our day went, and what material we have to work with we can practice your Photo-identification skills. If we were not so lucky as to meet dolphins or go out because of bad weather, there can be some Educational Seminars or Natural Documentary screenings.
Around 20:00 it’s time to savor Greek food, either by trying out your cooking skills or by visiting some of the local taverns!
Then we head back to our house to relax and sleep, so that we are ready for the next day!
Unfortunately your wonderful holiday has come to and end! It’s time to say goodbye, or maybe see you soon.. You must leave the house before 4 PM on Sunday. Leave by ferry boat, sail either to Volos or Skiathos Island to catch your flight.
Alternatively you can extend your stay at another accommodation in Alonissos. Or you extend your trip. The possibilities are endless and Greece has so many stunning places to visit..