Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
species of hard coral (75% of world’s total)
About Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat is an archipelago of around 1500 tiny islands spread over forty thousand square kilometres, a large number of which are uninhabited. and made up of about one thousand five hundred tiny islands, many of which are uninhabited. It is becoming a popular ecotourism destination because of the beauty of its marine life and local culture.
Raja Ampat means “The Four Kings”, named after a local myth that tells a story of a kings that occupied four of Raja Ampat’s main islands—Batanta, Salawati, Waigeo and Misool.
species of coral reef fish
species of endemic reef fish found only here
species of Mantis Shrimp
species of endangered sea turtle
species of Marine Mammals
About the Project
We aim to provide pairs of dive scholarships, certified by PADI, fully equipped and with extensive dive log for each scholarship, in select biodiversity hotspots. Participants will be selected from pool of candidates proposed by local school and community based on aptitude, swimming skills and basic English level.
- Build awareness of delicate balance of marine biodiversity in local schools
- Educate kids about coral and its role as a life supporting ecosystem
- By documenting this project we can inspire a better and more hopeful future that safeguards these marine habitats for future generations
- Support swimming lessons for kids unable to swim in participating schools
- Provide snorkel kit for participating school kids including mask, snorkel and fins.
- Implement program of study with local dive operator for two scholarships for Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster certification
- Enable local guides to better educate visitors about local conservation efforts and participate in survey work