Vivamar, Bottlenose Dolphin Research

Zambratija, Croatia, Europe
Vivamar, established in 2002, is a non-profit research organisation taking care of the conservation of the last resident Bottle-nose Dolphins in the NE Adriatic. Join us and help dolphins!

Volunteering Activities

Agriculture Work
Animal Care
Conservation Work
Social Work
Web Work

What We Need

Your work is important in helping to protect the dolphin population that lives in this sensitive marine ecosystem. Throughout your volunteering, you will attend also the lectures about marine mammals and marine ecology on a local and global level locally. As a volunteer, you will learn how to understand valuable research data and actively help with dolphin conservation. You will also learn to distinguish between different dolphin species. Some of your tasks may include:

- Dolphin observation.
- Data analysing.
- Entering data directly into the spreadsheets, including observation notes.
- Educating the local public on bottlenose dolphins and their importance for the entire marine ecosystem.

When & Who

The Team dates for 2020 are:
1 11th MAY – 21st MAY
2 25th MAY – 4th JUN
3 8th  JUN – 18th  JUN
4 22nd JUN – 2nd JUL  
5 6th JUL – 16th JUL 
6 20th  JUL – 30th JUL
7 10th AUG – 20th AUG     
8 24th AUG – 3rd SEP     
9 7th SEP  - 17th SEP 
10 28th SEP  - 8th OCT 
11 opt. 12th OCT  - 22nd OCT 
Yes, we require a minimum of 11 Days
Maximum stay is 11 days.

What we Provide


You will stay in an apartment with at least one project coordinator. An apartment where the research centre is has a beautiful terrace with the open sea-view and plenty of relaxation possibilities. You might have form 1- max. 3 more volunteers in a room. In your free time you can go to a nearby area which is a great place to hang out. In addition, there is a common room with a TV and Vivamar computers for your use and enjoyment.

WiFi is available for free. It can be a bit slow in July and August, so please bear with it! There is a washing machine available at 5 Euro per wash.

Types: Vegetarian

Dinners are self catering but two meals daily are included. Lunches will be prepared as suggested on the menu, whereas dinners might be prepared together (there will always be a suggestion for this as well on the menu). You can count on a cost between 3-5 EUR/self prepared dinner. Meals are mostly vegetarian. There is a walking distance small grocery store for you to purchase the desired food.

Wifi & Satellite
Air Conditioning

Our Fees

$1160 One-time

The costs are all covered with the fee. 11 days of full board, all inclusive, boat rides while researching, a local excursion. The costs do not cover transportation cost to the base and health insurance.

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More Services we Offer

May have additional fees

There are free snorkelling masks available during your free time: Bikes are also available to go out and make beautiful rides along the shore or towards the next bigger town. It really is relaxing.

Contact Person

Darja Ribaric
Istarska 23, Savudrija, Zambratija, Croatia.
100% response rate , 52 hour(s) response time.

Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people

Contact us to gather more information how to reach us to our research base, what are best flight options and other needed details. Your work and support is crucial for our dolphin conservation. So you are warmly welcome.

We offer once in a lifetime hands on experience directly by going out to the sea and research bottle-nose dolphins! Our mission is to research, educate, and inspire for the conservation of the threatened local dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the northeast Adriatic, within the European Union - in Slovenia and off the west coast of Istria, Croatia. It is truly an amazing experience within an international team.