Responsible tourism: Marine conservation scuba diving in Cambodia
All our programs are socially and environmentally responsible.
Our Cambodia Scuba Diving program is a marine conservation program, the main aim of which is to re-establish a marine biosphere around an island chain off the Cambodian south coast. Our volunteers make and then secure to the ocean floor, man made pods which encourage coral reef growth and marine flora & fauna development.
The reef has been heavily damaged by dragnet fishing and the use of dynamite by commercial fishing operations. We have successfully petitioned the Cambodian government to create a marine conservation zone in this area and are task is now to re-establish the reefs, which were once among the premier coral sites in the world.
You will have the satisfaction of knowing that your volunteering work will be helping to rebuild and regenerate a marine ecosystem that has been degraded by years of damaging and illegal fishing practices.
All volunteers are involved in a building work program on the island. (It is not always perfect diving conditions so the work program is a great way to fill in the time when the weather is a bit rough) Volunteers are working on establishing simple infrastructure projects to improve village life. One example is the water supply catchments that previous volunteers have built to ensure the village has clean drinking water all year round.
As part of our work on the island, our participants on this program have built sustainable fresh water catchments, which provide the villagers with access to clean drinking water year round. Volunteers have organised village hygiene sessions to educate the largely illiterate population on sanitary practises to help reduce child mortality and have placed recyclable bins in the village as well as built an industrial waste disposal unit.
The island is small and has had difficulty attracting a teacher as the local facilities were so poor and run down. On our programs participants have refurbished the school and build play equipment for the children. The play area has been roofed to keep the sun off the children in the heat of the day and to provide a catchment area for clean water for the reservoir we have constructed.
Participants are currently building a home for the teacher as well as a lockable room for school equipment and library books. They are building a community health centre on the island for the use of the villagers when the touring medical service visits the island.