Autumn Eco-navigation

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An excellent opportunity for those wishing to engage in marine conservation projects and marine wildlife surveys while meeting the daily challenges of living and working on a sailing vessel. As a volunteer you will become one of the crew and learn the traditional skills and tasks of a sailor including keeping watches, setting sails, steering, navigation, galley cooking duties, and vessel upkeep. You will participate in wildlife surveys around the waters of the Ionian islands, focusing on Short-beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis), the Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncates) and the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta).

While at sea, training in sailing and on board tasks such basic notions of cartography, route mapping on nautical charts and basic navigation techniques will be provided and you will participate in running all aspects of the voyage. You will also learn how to collect data and various other aspects of the fieldwork and to perform some data analysis. Direct involvement in field activities will provide you opportunities to obtain first-hand skills and experience regarding marine mammal survey techniques and sailing.


On board in twin shared cabins


Marine wildlife surveys, marine biodiversity monitoring (marine mammals, sea turtles), wildlife photography. Sailing courses


3 Meals included (volunteers assist with the preparation of meals and dish washing)

Pick up Point

Preveza harbour or Aktion/ Preveza airport.

Duration & Fees

The Summer Eco – Navigation programme is available both to solo/ couple travel and group/ family travel.  Every expedition lasts 6 days, starting on Sunday and finishing on Saturday, and hosts from 5 (minimum) to 8 participants (maximum). 

Group/ family travel package (up to 8 persons)

  • €4,200

Solo/ couple travel (Per Person based on twin shared cabin)

  • €850 (5 is the minimum number of participants required)

Prices incl. VAT

Start Dates
  • 03 Oct - 10 Oct 2020
What is included?
  • Pre-departure support
  • Return transfers to and from Airport/ bus station
  • Arrival orientation
  • Constant mentoring, supervision, guidance and training from experienced scientists
  • Necessary project equipment and materials
  • Transfer to research area locations and/ or National Parks’ offices 
  • Marine biodiversity monitoring techniques and public awareness courses
  • Sailing training (keeping watches, setting sails, steering, navigation etc.)
  • Mooring and port expenses
  • Fuel for the boat and the inflatable
  • Accommodation on board in twin shared cabins
  • Three meals daily (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and beverages (except for alcoholic and soft drinks).
  • Certification of training and experience received
  • Confidential professional reference
What is not included
  • International and domestic flights or bus tickets
  • Airport taxes
  • Medical and Travel insurance
  • Work/study Visa
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, spirits)
  • Laundry services (inexpensive laundry can be found at the harbours)
  • Internet access (free service available at internet cafes) 
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