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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08 Jun 2020
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Responsible tourism

Dolphin conservation holiday in Greece

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

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.

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.

6 Reviews of Dolphin conservation holiday in Greece

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Reviewed on 14 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


When we had the opportunity to see a monk seal quietly sleeping on a sandy beach, just in front of us, on the first day of our vacation!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Better to choose an earlier period (June- first half of July): in this way the heat will be lower so staying in the apartment will be easier and there will be a much greater probability to see the dolphins (which we did not see, because of the excessive heat that moved the animals offcoast)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we realized that our holiday contributed a lot to benefit local activities: we ate food prepared locally, the activities of MoM did not interfere at all with local offers of boat tours, we realized that MoM actively contributes to educate local people and tourists for the conservation of the Marine park and therefore benefits all of its inhabitants (vegetation, fishes, cetaceans, seals, birds)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Although we did not see the dolphins, the overall rating is top because we realized that our vacation was at the same time giving the opportunity to actively, concretely develop a project of nature conservation

Read the operator's response here:

Many thanks for your wonderful review! Seeing the rare Mediterranean Monk Seal was special! Chances of seeing dolphins are high but it depends on weather conditions.

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The boat trips around the islands were fun (even if the dolphins were elusive!) and lovely spots for swimming.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack plenty of sunscreen! You spend a lot of time on the boat and there is some shade but you will also be in the sun a lot. Be prepared for a great holiday!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, Alonissos island is very reliant on seasonal tourism for income so you are definitely supporting the local economy. The project and MOm are also reliant
on volunteers and support from tourists to continue their dolphin and Monk seal conservation efforts so this holiday definitely supports these things.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I had a fantastic holiday. Kimon was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide and ensured that even on days when the weather meant we couldn't go on the boat
to look for dolphins other activities were arranged. The island has a lovely welcoming feel to it and the people both at MOm and on the island in general are
very friendly and keen to make sure you have a good time.

Read the operator's response here:

Many thanks for your kind words and for being an active supporter of marine mammal conservation. Great to see you had a
good time. Warm greetings from Greece!

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being in the sea and watching marvellous places, the sea dolphin view was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You need to be in the ‘sharing’ mode spirit. It is not easy to share a flat and
room with another 5 people, but if you are willing to share, then go for it. I
would advise the trip to young people, it is pretty constructive

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


8/10

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Serena, thanks so much for your great feedback! Glad to see you enjoyed the Alonissos National Marine Park, the dolphins and the views. As for the accommodation: people have the option to stay in their own accommodation, and follow the program for the week at a discounted rate. Greetings from Alonissos Island, Greece!

Reviewed on 08 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the dolphins was magical and the beauty and peace of the island was very special (but my boys preferred the nightlife)! The conservation leader
Kimonas was tireless in his help for us - providing transport, taking us on special trips - and very knowledgeable.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


There are many fun, intelligent, young adults working in the conservation team; being sociable is important! Also, don't expect to see dolphins very often.
They are rare...

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I feel that the main benefits for conservation was the financing for our holiday which goes towards supporting their work throughout the year, and also the
education and communications - we will share the story of the marine park with people. Obviously having extra people on the island has a negative
environmental impact (we produce waste etc) but that is the case with travelling anywhere on holiday.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday was great - I got to spend time in nature and my boys got to have fun with the conservation team - while we all could share the experience of being
out on the water looking for, learning about and seeing dolphins and other marine life. The only downside is the rarity of seeing the dolphins as they are wild animals. Sharing a room for the three of us was quite taxing at times as I'm a middle aged woman and used to my creature comforts but younger people
shouldn't find it a problem!

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks very much for your positive feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your holiday so much. Seeing packs dolphins on this holiday is very common but in your case the weather circumstances were not always ideal. For people looking for more comfort during their stay there is the possibility to book this holiday without accommodation! So that you can find your own room near the dolphin project location and nevertheless follow the program.

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The overall experience was unforgettable!! Joining the research team, learning and seeing dolphins in their natural environment were breathtaking

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just do it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Exceptional

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks sooo much for supporting dolphin conservation on the Greek Island of Alonissos and for submitting this fabulous review! All the very best to you
from the team here in Greece!

Reviewed on 08 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?




2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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

Read the operator's response here:

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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