Island Conservation Expedition

Published
November 23, 2019
Location
Curieuse Island, Seychelles
Category
Africa  
Closing date
Ongoing

Description

Overview
Curieuse Island and its surrounding waters are a national park, managed by our principal in-country partner, Seychelles National Parks Authority. Our beach-front camp is located on the white sand beach of Anse St Jose and overlooks Praslin (Seychelles' second largest island), just a short boat ride away.

Join a team of international volunteers as an expedition member and volunteer, assisting on priority conservation projects. You will work with a variety of plants and wildlife whilst living the island life, surrounded by the striking azure waters of the marine park.

Work with the critically endangered sea turtles which nest on the island; study nesting success in hawksbill and green turtles, collect data such as tag numbers, carapace (shell) measurements and number of eggs laid or carry out nest excavations to measure hatching success. Help us track down sicklefin lemon shark pups for our catch-and-release project, gathering population and growth rate information on this understudied species. Record the rate of coastal erosion with our beach profiling surveys, and collect growth and reproductive data for the endemic and unique Coco de Mer palm tree. Lasty, assist in our annual census of the island's Aldabra giant tortoise population and keep tabs on the growth rates of hatchlings and juvenile tortoises in the nursery.

If you are looking to learn more about conservation, contribute to a meaningful project and spend some time in an incredible location, you don't have to look any further. Please note that our monitoring program and work schedules change seasonally; and projects are available based on the time of year you visit.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Watch as a female hawksbill turtle crawls out of the sea to lay her eggs
  • Help sea turtle hatchlings in their first journey to the sea
  • Release a baby shark after collecting valuable measurements
  • Climb into a Coco de Mer palm with stunning views over the bay
  • Take a minute to unwind in the company of the island's gentle giant tortoises
  • Relax with a swim in the Indian Ocean at the end of a hard days work
  • Snorkel in crystal clear waters alongside coral, fish, turtles, eagle-rays, reef sharks, and spot dolphins from the boat
  • Hike to the top of Mount Curieuse for a stunning panorama
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Vallee de Mai
  • Spend your free time exploring the neighbouring islands
  • Sign-up for a try-dive or add some more to your logbook at a local PADI centre
  • Experience breathtaking sunsets, make lifelong friends and have an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

for more information on how you can join this and other GVI expeditions please visit their Expedition page!

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