Dolphin conservation holiday in Greece

“Spend seven days helping researchers monitor dolphin behaviour in the National Marine Park of Alonnisos, with self-catering accommodation included.”

Highlights

Stay in self-catering apartment on Alonnisos Island | Daily field trips on research vessel | Help obtain data about dolphin behaviour and population trends

Description of Dolphin conservation holiday in Greece

This seven day dolphin conservation trip is more than just a regular holiday. Along with a small group of fellow volunteers, you’ll help researchers collect valuable data on the four dolphin species found in Greek waters.

What the project entails:

The project takes place from June to September in the National Marine Park of Alonnisos. Working with researchers from a local field station, you’ll go on daily dolphin trips on a well-equipped research vessel to help collect information on dolphin behaviour as well as population status. Lunch will be served on board and there will also be plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling and visiting local islands. Daily tours will depart at 9am and finish at either 3pm or 4pm.

You’ll be fully introduced to research methods such as dorsal fin photography and GPS-recording; and in the evenings, you’ll have the opportunity to attend talks by field biologists on dolphin behavior, marine research and environmental challenges facing the region.

Alonnisos is a stunning island far removed from the tourist crowds. You’ll stay in well-equipped self-catering apartments near to the main port. Children aged 11 and over are welcome to attend when accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian.



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Environment

This trip is all about dolphin conservation! It proves that tourism can be a significantly important tool for conservation, by respecting wildlife and biodiversity in every possible way! Specifically:
* You will become a conservationist yourself when participating in this project! You act towards the conservation of the dolphin population in the National Marine Park of Alonissos.
* Included in your travel package is a donation to the Greek charity that operates these trips.
* Wildlife species are not harvested, consumed, displayed, sold, or traded.
* No captive wildlife is held.
* The trip supports and contributes to biodiversity conservation, including natural protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value.
* Interactions with wildlife, taking into account cumulative impacts, do not produce adverse effects on the viability and behaviour of populations in the wild. Any disturbance of natural ecosystems is minimized.
* Alonissos Island is a Green Destination and implements measures such as a “plastic-free policy”.
In order to keep our environmental impact as low as possible you walk mostly in Patitiri (where the port, your house and the Research Centre is located). Locally you will use the public bus network when needed.
Furthermore we give the option to offset carbon emissions of this trip

Community

One of our core values is to celebrate a Diversity of Place & Culture whilst delivering you rich and authentic experiences at an affordable price. It is done because we are 100% local. Expect authentic experiences such as local traditional cuisine and local traditional architecture in an area untouched by mass tourism!
We support the community in the following ways:
* Information about and interpretation of the local culture, and cultural heritage is provided to travellers by locals
* Your charity is local, offering local knowledge and expertise
* Local services and goods are purchased and offered, following fair-trade principles.
* Supporting local small entrepreneurs to develop and sell sustainable products that are based on the area’s nature, history and culture (including food and beverages, crafts, performance arts, agricultural products, etc.). Activities like goat milking and visit local monasteries are on the “menu”
* Purchasing policies favour locally appropriate and ecologically sustainable products, including building materials, capital goods, food, beverages and consumables. Alonissos is the 1st “plastic-bag free island” of Greece.

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An excellent experience !!! We didn't want to leave.

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Thank you so much for your sparkling review and 5-star rating! We hope to see you back some day on wonderful Alonissos Island!

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