Getting to know marine life up close!

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No better way for Camps International groups to learn about the environment than getting to know marine life up close in the South China Sea.

The last two groups, ‘Epal’ and ‘Orang Utan’, were really lucky to have witnessed so much marine life when completing one of their adventure activities: the PADI Open Water Diver course! And the best part of it all, is the marine life is in its own natural habitat of the sea! Harmless jellyfish crowded around groups of school students and their Instructors in the shallow waters of the sheltered bay where the young adventurers’ need to complete the performance requirements to qualify in the entry-level course.

Following their skills practise, boat dives are arranged to visit different dive sites to repeat those mastered skills in an open water environment, and it also introduces them to more varied and different marine life.

The objective of their experience is to spark their interest by giving a value to protecting and preserving our environment – simply: to continue enjoying scuba diving, supporting the Project AWARE movement will affect positive change!

Contact us, at Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures for more information on the conservation and outreach programs our Sabah Travel Centre can personalise for groups.

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Exploring and learning about the marine environment in Sabah has been an incredibly valuable experience for our 43-strong group of international school students who spent a night camping at our Gaya Island beach house too!

A dedicated PADI Instructor from our full-time team will present the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation course to discuss the benefits of protecting our marine environment. This is followed by an organized beach clean-up to collect marine debris from the islands’ beaches and experience actively participating in a conservation project!

Marine debris is the biggest hazard to the environmental health of our local area, and integrating active volunteering opportunities for the students to participate offers a unique learning perspective.

The adventurers’ walk along tended jungle trails in the rainforests of Gaya Island to explore the terrestrial life that can be found, such as macaques and hornbills.

For the second day of their program, our popular snorkel safari program is conducted for the students to then explore the marine environment and the colourful shallow reefs of Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park. Each session, the group will be visiting a different snorkel site for a varied day, and their PADI professional guides will encourage them to collect any marine debris they may find whilst snorkelling too.

For more information on a program to include unique education for an adventure group, small or large, contact our Head Office to discuss a suitable itinerary with an emphasis on responsible tourism!

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