Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme


Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme

The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) has a simple mission statement: ‘To conduct whale shark research and foster community-focussed conservation initiatives throughout the Maldives’. If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, then the good news is we now have some positions available for passionate individuals to volunteer alongside our field team in the Maldives!

Whale Shark, MaldivesAs a research volunteer with MWSRP you can expect to get stuck into every aspect of our research; from taking identification photographs and collecting baseline data on the sharks, to assisting us hold community awareness events. You will experience a whole array of exciting and rewarding activities that will provide you with fantastic experience in the marine conservation field.

Working alongside our knowledgeable and dedicated team will see you get plenty of time in the water and directly involved with researching and conserving the largest fish in the ocean. Most importantly, we do not side-line our volunteers into ‘bit- part’ roles, you really become a valuable asset to our work in the time you spend with us and in doing so you help to conserve whale sharks and their marine habitat.

The home of MWSRP is a small guesthouse on the local island of Dhigurah in South Ari atoll ( – an island whose outer coral reef borders one of the only places in the world where whale sharks can be seen all year round! The village setting allows for total immersion into Maldivian life and offers a wonderful chance to see the real Maldives!

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For more information on our work and the volunteering role, as well as dates of our current field period, please visit the MWSRP website or email us at


“The MWSRP does everything with humble and respectful approach. By reaching out to local communities and being ambitious with day-to-day operations as well as future projects, there is a strong mentality among staff members that immediately affects you as a volunteer. It makes you eager to do work.” Jacob Salmonsen, February 2014

“Being in the Maldives for two weeks was an eye opener – I got to meet people who were very passionate about marine biology and conservation (both staff and volunteers alike) and got to help first hand with the data collection. The staff at the MWSRP were welcoming to us volunteers and I learnt a lot more about the marine ecosystem in the Maldives, and how tourists can get to experience the beauty of the ocean while helping conservation in one way or another. Whale sharks are beautiful creatures, and I’m glad I got to experience encounters up close – it was an intimidating but unforgettable experience.” SuYee Tong, May 2013

Happy Volunteers!

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