Raja Ampat diving project, Indonesia

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2016: 14 Dec
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Responsible tourism: Raja Ampat diving project, Indonesia

Environment

The Raja Ampat Diving Project strives to work in partnership with the local government and communities, in order to protect the area’s incredible coral-reefs and the local people that rely on them for their wellbeing. The reefs require protection and conservation due to threats such as over-fishing and coral destruction.

Community

The tireless work carried out by the project’s staff and volunteers is infinitely more effective when supported by the local people who call this environment home. In order to ensure this support, the project runs many community initiatives.

The community projects that volunteers will be involved with have been designed in conjunction with the needs of the local community and government. Through regular meetings between the project and local stakeholders (government members, school groups, fisherman, farmers, etc), community projects are designed to make a real difference in these specific ways:

• Undertaking educational programmes on environmental issues, sustainable fishing techniques and the economic benefits of protecting marine areas

• Increasing quality of life and alleviating poverty in local communities

• Encouraging entrepreneurial attitudes to deter from unsustainable and destructive activities like shark finning or fishing with dynamite.

• Researching the effects of climate change on coastal communities

Reviews of Raja Ampat diving project, Indonesia

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 08 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I loved the balance of activities: snorkeling alongside whale sharks, whale watching, data logging, community projects, working alongside serious scientists
and having a proper vacation all at the same time

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do it. Get stuck in to all the different aspects of the vacation, and spend as long as you can!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, definitely. The project managers take this really seriously and are really actively involved in various community projects, both instigated by them and in
conjunction with locals, and they are exploring more ideas all the time. The conservation/ scientific work is the core of it all; the relationships with local
fishermen/ elders/ community groups and individuals are impressive.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Tops; the vacation exceeded expectations all round. I've come home happy.

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