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Eco-diving in the Seri Buat Archipel?

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bryan
Posted on
30-04-2011
by bryan

Eco-diving in the Seri Buat Archipel?

Is eco-diving gaining any traction at all in Tioman? I see quite a bit of carelessness around me when I visit the islands, such as damages corals due to finning, the frequent use of anchors, rubbish being tossed overboard, speedboats near the shore and near snorkelers and bathers.

Do you think things will improve? What can we do to increase awareness?

Bry
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helloruby
Posted on
11-05-2011
by helloruby

yea it certainly is a rugi to miss all that underwater beauty! but im slowly building up.. definitely want to dive once in my life at least. but until then, i stick to the shore :p.
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bryan
Posted on
11-05-2011
by bryan

I so know what you mean, because I had the same sensation when I dived the first time. But, the moment you're in the water, it's so peaceful, so quiet and so beautiful, than you forget all about sharks and the like. I never have that fear any more. Perhaps only when I'm back at the surface and awaiting my turn to get back onto the boat. But I'm aware that it's an irrational fear and so I manage to dial it down.

Tioman is a paradise for scuba diving and snorkeling; a bit of a rugi to go and not go and see what it's like under the water eh, especially given the stunning corals reefs they have. Why not try snorkeling at Ringis first? It's very close to the main island, pretty shallow, and gorgeous enough, with plenty to see, to keep your mind occupied. Until you spot the resident shark, keke. But, trust me, it's just a meter or so.

Thanks for that link. Interesting that they wanna leave the light on. Still, it beats collecting the eggs for makan I suppose, which, I hear, goes on here and there :(

Let's see if we can make a difference.

Cheers.
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helloruby
Posted on
11-05-2011
by helloruby

Hey Bryan,

Seems like you are way ahead of me ;). I have yet to pick up the guts to try diving because I just can't get the image of a shark looming from the depths and getting me when my back is turned, lol. But I've always been concerned about my impact on the environment so I'm with you on marine preservation.

In fact, I checked out the turtle sanctuary at Juara on Tioman and found that one of the accommodation options wasn't riding with the conservation efforts with regards to turning the lights out. and i added a little footnote for potential guests and hopefully that can change in the near future.

If you're interested: http://www.guidegecko.com/pulau-tioman-tioman-island-/juara-chalets/beach-shack-chalet/p,608183563

By the way, thanks for being active on these discussions :)
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bryan
Posted on
10-05-2011
by bryan

Thanks for those links Ruby. I happen to know both operators :)

Let's hope all other operators will follow suit eh.

Cheers.

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helloruby
Posted on
03-05-2011
by helloruby

Hi Bryan,

I was in Tioman for abit about 3 weeks ago. There were many dive shops concerned with the consequences of dive trips on marine life and many advocated responsible diving. however, evidently not all of them are doing so.

As everyone interested in diving starts out with a dive shop, IMO, awareness about responsibility towards the environment would start from there too. it's important for dive shops to educate learners about what they should and should not do when diving, and not just when in the water itself but when in the boat. Like you've mentioned, anchors and rubbish being tossed overboard cant be any good for the reefs.

I know there were two shop owners whom I spoke to who were already on the task of eco-diving. If you're interested to speak with them, check out:

1) Tioman Dive Centre: http://www.guidegecko.com/pulau-tioman-tioman-island-/tekek-diving-snorkeling/tioman-dive-centre/p,608183469
2) Eco Divers: http://www.guidegecko.com/pulau-tioman-tioman-island-/air-batang-diving-snorkeling/eco-divers/p,608183661

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