A non-profit organisation for the study and the conservation of the marine environment

Join us in the field Italy, Greece

Much more than whale watching holidays: see whales and dolphins while helping researchers

Everyone can participate in Tethys’ expeditions; it’s responsible ecotourism and also a way to foster marine conservation. It’s an experience of a lifetime




Meet whales and dolphins not just by whale watching, but by helping researchers concerned with marine conservation; Tethys’ ongoing long term projects have been conceived as responsible tourism/citizen science projects: non-specialists are a valuable help for researchers in the field and their support is essential. Nevertheless no particular skills, nor scientific or nautical experience are required to participants: it takes only good will and enthusiasm to make a difference. 

We need enthusiastic people caring about conservation and willing to help with the fieldwork!


ITALY OR GREECE Whales and dolphins are being studied in their natural environment; Tethys runs two long-term projects which are open to the participation of the public: one in Italy, in the north western part of the Mediterranean, and one in Greece, in the Eastern Ionian Sea.

VOLUNTEERS  are involved in all aspects of  the fieldwork and of the management of the life on board or at the field station. No previous experience is required.

6 DAYS MAY TO SEPTEMBER The field season runs from May to September, during the warm Mediterranean summer. Each expedition lasts 6 days.

FEES AND DISCOUNTS  Participants joining for more than one team will have a 10% discount in any additional team. Please check out dates for summer 2016: in Italy (Sanremo) cruises will start May 16th; in  Greece (Vonitsa) June 5th. As usual, special discounts will apply for students.

You can choose between:





the CETACEAN SANCTUARY PROJECT (CSR), which takes place in the  Ligurian-Corsican Sea, in the north-west Mediterranean within the  protected area known as Cetacean Sanctuary;

Accommodation is on board the the 58 ft motorsailer  ”Pelagos“.

Cruises start every monday, from May to September from Sanremo, Italy .

Whales and dolphins  investigated are from 8 different species, from striped dolphins to sperm and fin whales.

Download more info on CSR






The IONIAN DOLPHIN PROJECT (IDP) is conducted in the coastal waters of Greece,  eastern Ionian sea, in the Gulf of Ambracia.

Volunteers are land-based in the village of Vonitsa and participate to daily surveys at sea on our rigid-hulled inflatable boat equipped with a 100HP outboard engine.

Expeditions start every sunday, from June to September  

Accommodation is in a nice two-storey house in Vonitsa, close to the seaside.

Main target species are the bottlenose dolphins of the gulf of Ambracia and  the common dolphins of the Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago.

Download more info on IDP



Bookings  (Italy, Greece) Places are assigned on a first come-first served basis.

For any enquiry please contact Tethys’ office

Phone: +39 02 720 019 47
Fax: +39 02 39 29 05 25
Email: tethys@tethys.org

The institute is exclusively based on autonomous fundraising. Its research, which is aimed at the conservation of the species and their environment, is based on high standard data and require a great effort in the field. Both long-term projects could not be conducted without the volunteers’ participation.

Join us: anyone can make the difference.

You can also offer an expedition as a present.


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