You will be based on the beautiful and peaceful Silba Island. You will start with some training, beginning with the opportunity to complete a PADI Open Water dive training course if you would like to learn and are not already qualified, followed by a compulsory Mediterranean ecology and survey techniques course, with two lectures and two practicals each day (either by diving or snorkelling). Those of you not completing dive training will spend their second week assisting with some of the research surveys on Mediterranean fish communities, the recovery of the Noble Pen (Pinna nobilis) mollusc populations, the impact of sea urchin populations and the role of seagrass meadows in supporting fish and invertebrate biodiversity.
Silba Island is in the northern Dalmatian archipelago and is a car and hotel free island. The island markets itself as a haven of tranquillity and much of the island is still covered by Mediterranean black oak and maquis. The objective for our partners on this island is to develop the first marine research centre for northern Dalmatia and they have a series of research projects on seagrass, sea urchins, protected species and fisheries, as well as marine plastics.
Most of our volunteers fundraise for their expedition costs. Find out more.
Croatia is hot during this time of the year! In both Krka and Silba the daytime temperature rarely drops below 30 degrees and can reach 40 degrees.
Fitness level required
Moderate. Whilst there are not many steep hikes in the forest, the hikes are still quite long and the temperature can make them tiring.
In Silba it will be in dormitories with shared bathroom facilities and good phone signal.