Tropical Research Conservation Centre
Volunteer with marine biologists
What we say:
If you're looking for an educational experience rather than a dive holiday, this is the place.
Located on isolated Pom Pom Island, the TRCC is run by scientists and staffed by volunteers â€“ you could be one. Volunteers live in fan-cooled tents on a beach and work on conservation projects like coral planting, monitoring sea turtle eggs and biodiversity surveys.
There are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving, and volunteers who stay for two weeks or more can complete PADI courses or earn college credit. The minimum stay is four days at a cost of 1,280 ringgit.
Visit the TRCC website for in-depth details about their different projects and the associated cost. It's not cheap, but likely to be an amazing experience. (We did not inspect this place in person.)
Last updated: 9th February, 2013
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Worth every penny
27th February, 2014
I stumbled across this conservation project and stayed for 4 days. I will be back for more. Most people stay for 2-6 weeks. If you care about the ocean and coral reefs then this is the place for you. Everyone is really friendly and we all helped with all the conservation activites. the scientists and volunteers are really making a difference and protecting and replanting the reefs. The bottle reefs and the crate reefs clearly have attreacted many many many fish and the corals are growing both in the nursery and on the reef. Divers or snorkellers are welcome to help plant coral, monitor reef life, protect turtles and help create a marine protected area.
Considering that good food (professional cooks), accomodation (individual tents) and unlimited diving is included the price was very cheap.
Best time to visit is probably when the place is quiet from october to may, the european summer period apparently gets very busy with lots of volunteers.
The turtles are in the water year round - in Jan i saw 10-20 per snorkel survey but nesting is only in the summer after april.
if off the beaten track camping with many comforts is your style then visit TRACC and help protect the reef. I think what TRACC is doing is great and I will return for a much longer stay.
Tropical Research Conservation Centre reviewed by nancydiver (1)
Written on 27th February, 2014, rated Visited here in January, 2014
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