TRACC Borneo

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I stayed on Pompom Island for more than 4 month at the end of 2013 for an unbelievably amazing time! After completing my Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology I was looking for a conservation project in southeast Asia where I could learn how to restore coral reefs. I chose to stay with TRACC as a volunteer for 6 weeks but ended up staying another 3 months after that - because it was exactly what I had been looking for. During my stay I also completed my PADI Advanced and PADI Rescue Diver courses - all inclusive!

TRACC has two main goals on Pompom island: Enhancing the state of the surrounding coral reefs and securing the survival of the local sea turtle population. Our daily life on the island was structured accordingly: On a typical day, we would get into the water right after breakfast to collect broken coral fragments from surrounding reefs. We would then stabilise these, using a range of techniques, before securing them once again on damaged reefs on Pompom, enabling and accelerating natural recovery processes. In addition, we maintained various different coral nurseries which were used to allow collected coral fragments to grow before they were being used for reef restoration. At night, small teams would walk around the island along the beach, looking for freshly laid turtle eggs. When a new nest was found, we would carefully collect the eggs and transfer them to a turtle hatchery where they could then hatch in peace - my favorite part was releasing the little baby turtles after a couple of weeks!

Life on Pompom was simple and yet unbelievably fulfilling - every day was seized to the max! The island truly is a small paradise, exactly how one would imagine - warm, clear waters, white beaches, amazing underwater-life, unforgettably beautiful sunsets and unique dives, also on surrounding islands. Tents are provided for a good night's rest and food is prepared in a basic open-air kitchen. The communal area was our meeting place for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a bit later in the night, also for the occasional cold beer (or two). There was always a great group spirit and a generally relaxed atmosphere.

If you are looking for a really "different" experience, far away from the daily hustle and stressfulness of a "normal" life then you have to come to Pompom! If you can imagine to live in a tent for a couple of weeks and spend every day in the water or on the beach then you have to come to Pompom! If you want to learn how to conserve and enhance coral reefs with a sustainable approach then you have to come to Pompom!

My last stay was so fulfilling, educational and meaningful that I decided to go back to Pompom once again this year to do my PADI Divemaster training - I cannot wait for the day to finally arrive - I will see you there ;)

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Posted: July 28, 2015
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26

Wonderful experience visiting TRACC in Sabah on the island of Borneo – we were lucky enough to visit both the Kudat project and the Pom Pom Island Project so we saw the best of both locations. The weather was pefect in Kudat and we dove and planted reefs in the proposed location of the Tun Mustapha park. Pom Pom Island is just superb and while we were there the camp was being rebuilt. White sand, turtles, clear water and amazing diving. The artificial reefs that TRACC has built have made a huge difference to fish numbers and diversity. We dove lobster wall where there are no TRACC reefs and there is nothing but rubble shallower than 20m. In comparison the TRACC house reef has fantastic fish life. What a great experience – working and diving with keen passionate people on one of the most beautiful islands.

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Seriously recommended if you care about the ocean, coral reefs or turtles. There were things that weren't perfect but TRACC had just moved. Dino and the team were building every day so the camp facilities will definitely be better now than then. For more info check out #tracc on FB, twitter or instagram. website is http://tracc-borneo.org/

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Posted: July 10, 2015
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By: dna
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