Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Volunteer in Puerto Morelos

With mangroves, coral reefs and natural chambers underground, it's a colourful life on the Mexican Caribbean.

As a volunteer or intern on our base in Puerto Morelos, you could join a range of marine conservation projects and PADI scuba-diving courses, all based around the vital Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Expect postcard beaches and laid-back living – not bad! 

Critical science

Critical science

You'll contribute to vital conservation research targeted at protecting the earth's most valuable ecosystems.
Ethical engagement

Ethical engagement

Using the UN's SDGs as a framework, we've made a commitment to positive, constructive and sustainable impact.
Beautiful adventures

Beautiful adventures

You'll spend your days exploring some of the world's most breathtaking, exhilarating and remote wildernesses.

Puerto Morelos volunteer projects


If you’re looking to enter the world of scuba- diving or wanting to gain some diving experience to add to your PADI stripes, then this is the perfect location for you. In Puerto Morelos our programs focus on coral reef restoration and vital sea turtle conservation efforts. The local reef is an essential feeding and breeding site for a vast variety of aquatic life. Our local research efforts help to create environmental awareness and promote the longer-term sustainability of this important resource. While diving, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and sharks, as well as the notorious lionfish. 

When you volunteer or intern with GVI in Mexico, you’re in for a truly unique experience set against the backdrop of the Yucatan Peninsula. Puerto Morelos is part of the 120-kilometre tourist corridor, located between Cancun and Tulum. It has a diversity of ecosystems ranging from the low evergreen jungle, the low swamp jungle, the savannah, the flooded palmar, the coastal dunes, the mangroves, the cenotes, the beaches, the marine grass and the coral reef. The reef of Puerto Morelos is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, considered the second largest reef barrier in the world and home to thousands of species of flora and fauna.

Adventure is calling. Chase that feeling!

Save up to 15% when you book and pay by 31 July
Included in your program, at no extra cost

Make the most of our unique programs with these exclusively curated local adventure and wellness experiences.

Offered once a month, expand your adventure with GVI Experiences. These are just some of the activities offered on your program!
Learn to cook traditional Yucatan food
Visit a Mayan ruin
Take a beach yoga class
Dive through the cenotes
Stand-up paddleboard at sunrise
Climb rock formations in the jungle
Learn the unique geography of the Yucatan Peninsula
Explore the ancient city of Coba