Marine Conservation Background and Treats in Indonesia

Our Locations

Nusa Penida (Bali)

Year Opened: 2017
Dive Partner: Reeflex Divers
Key Creature Highlights: Manta rays, mola mola (sunfish), vibrant coral reefs
Recommended For: Enthusiasts of big marine life, coral reef diversity, and vibrant underwater ecosystems. Novice travellers and those wanting to keep their creature comforts while on program.

General Introduction: Nusa Penida, an island southeast of Bali, is known for its stunning marine biodiversity and breathtaking underwater landscapes. As our flagship project it was established in 2017, our Nusa Penida project collaborates with Reeflex Divers to offer a unique conservation and research experience. The local Balinese culture, rich in tradition and spirituality, adds a cultural depth to the island’s natural beauty. Nusa Penida’s community has a strong connection to the sea, which is central to their livelihood and traditions.

Impact Goals: The Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area (MPA), recognized as a Mission Blue Hope Spot in 2020, aims to combat challenges such as unsustainable tourism and inadequate enforcement of zoning laws. Our impact goals include:

  • Conducting regular ecological monitoring to assess reef health and biodiversity.
  • Implementing coral restoration projects to rehabilitate damaged reefs.
  • Engaging the local community through education and outreach programs.
  • Providing scientific data to support the enforcement of marine park regulations.
  • Promoting sustainable tourism practices to minimize environmental impact.

Tanjung Bira (Southern Sulawesi)

Year Opened: 2019
Dive Partner: Blue Planet Dive Resort
Key Creature Highlights: Sharks, wall dives, large pelagic species
Recommended For: Shark enthusiasts, deep wall dive lovers, and those interested in marine policy and park development. Off the beaten track and one of Indonesia’s most underrated destinations. Bira is a special place!

General Introduction: Tanjung Bira, located in Southern Sulawesi, is a hidden gem known for its clear waters and diverse marine life. Since its establishment in 2019, our Tanjung Bira project, in partnership with Blue Planet Dive Resort, has focused on shark conservation, coral reef health, and marine park development. The local Bugis culture, known for its seafaring heritage, deeply influences the community’s lifestyle and traditions.

Impact Goals: The primary goal in Tanjung Bira is to establish a sustainable marine protected area and shark sanctuary. Our impact goals include:

  • Conducting BRUV (Baited Remote Underwater Video) surveys to monitor shark populations.
  • Implementing coral restoration techniques to revive damaged reefs.
  • Collaborating with local communities and stakeholders to support marine park development.
  • Promoting eco-tourism and sustainable fishing practices.
  • Educating the local community on the importance of marine conservation.