There are lots of common misconceptions about marine conservation: it's hugely 'serious'; a perpetual science lesson; issues only affect far-flung exotic places; and volunteering vacations are aimed at gap year students and are always very intensive.
Marine conservation vacations are aimed at anyone with a passion for the marine environment; enthusiasm is valued over experience and you don't need to be a scientist to make a difference
Of course, marine conservation is a very serious matter. The health of our oceans and seas and the incredible life that lives in the water is so often taken for granted and is hugely vulnerable to harm by tourism and human activity, but that's not to say you can't be in the company of some really interesting people and have a lot of fun while helping out with it. It's also a global issue which affects everyone, from those who have fond memories of afternoons spent rock pooling in Lyme Regis to those who have been enchanted by a chance encounter with a whale in Sri Lanka. Intensive projects still exist, but they exist alongside other initiatives that are able to cater for someone wanting to help out for as little as a week.
Get to grips with what a marine conservation vacation entails and how you can choose the right one for you with our marine conservation travel guide.