The third annual [email protected] program is now open for registration. Once again, we will run a Reef to Rainforest expedition in Sabah, Malaysia, documenting and researching the wonders of Borneo in the forests and underwater.
The twelve-day program will take place from 12 to 23 July 2018. As with all SEASFiRE programs, you can learn to scuba dive, or if you are already a certified diver, you will learn and refine underwater skills while starting to make and document conservation dives.
Throughout the program, you will publish regular updates and your research outcomes on the SEASFiRE website and to internationally-recognised conservation organisations.
The program is split into three distinct phases:
- Dive/Conservation Training
- Rainforest Conservation and Wildlife Expeditions
- Coral Reef Conservation
Dive training and coral reef conservation activities will take place in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, which is near Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah. For the rainforest conservation activities, we will travel to the Sandakan area, on the east of the state. While in Kota Kinabalu, we will dive with Down Below Marine and Wildlife Adventures, staying in their hostel, which is in a new development on the southern end of town. The lodge is open only to Down Below guests, has 24-hour staff cover and CCTV. Each day, we will travel to the Down Below dive centre on Gaya Island or on Manukan island in the marine park for the day’s activities.
The program costs $2,000. This includes:
- Accommodation on dorm-sharing basis in Kota Kinabalu, and up to four-people sharing in Bilit Adventure Lodge. Sepilok Jungle Resort is twin-sharing.
- All dive requirements, including training and certification as appropriate.
- All travel within Sabah required by the program.
- All SEASFiRE training materials required for the program.
- Breakfast and lunch in Kota Kinabalu on all days when we visit Gaya Island.
- All meals when travelling in Sabah outside Kota Kinabalu.
- Entry tickets for all centres on the draft schedule.
- Web site, support, and media requirements, including use of cameras on the surface and underwater.
The program costs do not include:
- Dinner on nights when we are in Kota Kinabalu.
- Soft drinks, alcohol, and other discretionary spending
- Travel from your home to Kota Kinabalu.
- Camera permits for the conservation centres we visit.