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Pom Pom Island, Coral Conservation Volunteer Project Summary A Tropical Research and Conservation Centre Project. Aims & Objectives • The ultimate aim is a protected reef that can support a reef shark population. • To protect sharks, the ecosystem needs repair. This protected reef has been bombed in the past and no longer has enough fish to feed a shark population. • If corals are planted on the damaged areas, there will be more shelter for juvenile fish and eventually better corals with a diverse fish population. • The island has a large non resident pelagic fish population, if these can be encouraged to stay, there will be more food for the sharks. • The island is an important turtle nesting area and adults and hatchlings will benefit from more protection and less poaching with a conservation project on the island. Project Facts • Duration: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 weeks • Cost: £1175 for 2 weeks, £1675 for 4 weeks (with 2 dive courses) • 10% discount for groups of 6 or more. (bigger groups more discount). • Requirements: Suitable for anyone, Age 17+, or children with guardians; non divers welcome, School groups (one week expeditions are possible for large groups). • Location: Pom Pom island, Sabah, Borneo Map of location • Project Activities: Coral reef conservation through proactive reef rebuilding, construction and coral planting, monitoring of turtle nesting, turtle tagging, sharks, rays, reef fish & invertebrate surveys. • Diving: Unlimited • Working Hours: Monday-Saturday, 8 hours per day. • Project Availability: First and third Wednesday of the month. Project closed over Christmas and New Year What’s Included • Accommodation: Shared tent on almost deserted beach. OR Stay at beautiful Celebes Beach Resort • Food: 3 meals per day – breakfast, lunch and dinner, (with professional staff cook) • Airport pick up and drop off • Training: Orientation and project induction provided, • PADI scuba diving Open Water course/qualification for 2 week stays. PADI Openwater & Advanced course included for 4+ week stays. Reef Check Tropical EcoDiver course included for 8+ week stays • Support: 24 hour support, Safety & Medical • Communications: Regular phone or internet contact with friends or family. • University or college projects for individual students are designed and supported for 4+ week Version 1 Sept 2011


stays (qualified diver) or 6+ week stays (diving qualification completed in Pom Pom) • Excursion Planning: Staff help organise extra dive courses and additional land or water excursions • Transport to Pom Pom Island from Kota Kinabalu ( return trip) • All dive equipment (except: mask, snorkel, fins, skins/rash vest/ stinger suit) What’s Not Included • Flights to Kota Kinabalu (Air Asia or Firefly are cheap local airlines, Royal Brunei is often the cheapest International carrier) • Insurance (recommend DAN trip insurance) • Visas (Malaysia gives 12 weeks free entry visa on arrival for most countries) • Water & sand proof watch, ( casio digital or similar) • Dive skins & snorkel gear – volunteers need to bring their own • Underwater or land cameras (computers are available to download photos and burn to disc.)

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Pom Pom Volunteer Summary  

scuba diving volunteer project near sipadan sabah malaysia. Volunteer divers plant coral, protect green turtles replant reefs and protect s...