Our Eco-diving program is a not-for-profit initiative that aims at doing something good for the environment while diving at one of the world’s best destinations. It is not a ‘cheap’ way to dive in Komodo but a way for divers and tourists to give something back to this precious and sensitive environment that is under ever increasing pressure, also due to the fast growing number of visitors.
With the Eco-diving you go out for a clean-up dive at a nearby location, after which you head off for two fun dives at two different dive sites outside the National Park. For the clean-up dive divers are grouped into buddy pairs and each pair is equipped with a collection bag (to be held by both buddies) and a glove to protect the other hand while picking up the trash. The clean-up session is supervised by our Divemasters and ends after 30 minutes or when the bag is either full or too heavy. We leave before 8 am and return around 4 pm.
The price of the Eco-diving is 850,000 IDR per person and includes tourist fee, dive gear (except computer), collection bag and glove, a small breakfast and lunch served on board, as well as water, snacks, tea & coffee throughout the day.
Due to its non-profit nature, we need a minimum of 4 participants to organize an Eco-diving trip. The maximum number of participants is also limited to 6-8 to ensure proper supervision. You need to be a certified diver with at least 10 dives experience in order to participate. Non-divers/snorkelers may be allowed to join provided the designed clean-up location is suitable for surface clean-ups as well.
Since we need a minimum number of participants the Eco-diving cannot be pre-booked unless you already are in a pre-formed group of 4-6 people. You can however let us know that you are interested once you arrive in Laban Bajo and we will organize the clean-up as soon as we reach the required number of participants.
Every single action counts. Remember: with every Eco-dive the Ocean is getting a little bit cleaner! 🙂