Cardiff University’s tropical ecology field trip group of students explore Sabah’s ecotourism through an extra land day trip arranged by our Sabah Travel Centre!
At our partner, luxury Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa, the Orang Utan Sanctuary educates our travelling group from the UK even further on the benefits of ecotourism in Sabah.
The orang utan primate is an endangered species, whose population is dwindling on the South East Asian island of Borneo! Sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres, such as the one at Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa and the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre on Sabah’s east coast, exist to protect and preserve the endemic breed.
Through an educational video prior to witnessing the ‘jungle man’ at the feeding platform, the students of Cardiff University were delighted to have contributed their time and money to a worthy establishment who are passionate about our natural biodiversity. And reintegrating orphaned orang utans into the wild is just one trip that focuses on ecology!
Kinabalu National Park, which will be opening its summit trail to the public in September, practices plenty of conservation at its Poring Hot Springs, Botanical Garden and Canopy walkway, all of which our clients can experience on our popular 1-day Kinabalu Park day trip!
For more information on conservation efforts in Sabah contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ, where our helpful experts will assist in creating a suitable itinerary for your Borneo travels!
A group of 13 students on BSc and MSc Degrees in Zoology, Marine Biology and Ecology from the University of Cardiff, return to our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre for the second year running. They are also accompanied by 2 University staff, as the whole group will be learning to dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course under the supervision of our island staff team of PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.
Once the 15 have satisfied our team of Instructors, a buoyancy clinic will be conducted for all participating in underwater visual surveys to fine tune their skills. They will be much more confident in their body positioning and breathing to map sections of the reef with as close proximity as possible, without damaging the corals.
Over time, their surveys offer an insight on the health of our local marine environment; for which, we as Project AWARE supporters, find it most valuable to understand what action is needed to protect and preserve our marine environment effectively in future.
To experience Borneo’s ecology is valuable for students and professors alike. The rich biodiversity found in South East Asia is paradise for both the budding marine biologist and the seasoned teacher; and Borneo lies within the ‘Coral Triangle’!
Many Schools and universities visit our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to learn the practical skills required of them during their degree courses, which they will then put into practice once their education is complete and they are working in the field. The skills workshops are conducted by resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann and his team of PADI professionals using various specialised equipment for example quadrats, tape measures, fish sizing charts and more …
Changes within the reef over time are witnessed by our team who are always working within the same environment, this makes them Project AWARE & reef ambassadors, and their expertise assists the students to best understand data collected from their underwater surveys.
Go PRO internship candidates completing professional courses, such as the PADI Divemaster or the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) will also benefit when assisting our team of PADI Instructors to organise dive logistics for the students.
For more information on group travel or specialised educational programs with Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, get in touch with our Kota Kinabalu HQ, where our experts will create a suitable program to explore Sabah, Borneo!