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Tropical Research and Conservation Centre

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Pom Pom Island, Semporna, Malaysia
+60 19-850 5412
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Summer 2017

Had the most amazing time over at TRACC this summer! It was the second time I visited and I will... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago
charlottewestrin
Wonderful experience

Great experience. 3 dives every day. Learnt a lot. Recommend to anyone interested in marine... read more

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Reviewed 5 days ago
OriginalNutbag
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Sabah, Malaysia
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TRACC is a conservation organisation on Pom Pom Island near Semporna, about 50km north of Sipadan, Mabul and Kapali. With volunteer divers who stay for 1-12 weeks, we are protecting the reef by replanting the coral reef, protecting the sharks and turtles, conducting surveys and actively demonstrating the value of marine protected areas. Accommodation at the moment is in tents on the beach, with good food provided 3 times each day. Showers and toilets are in a purpose built block nearby. Staying with TRACC is about diving with a purpose - conservation diving with scientists and marine biologists, every visitor contributes to the reef rebuilding, the turtle and shark monitoring surveys and the building of the fish aggregation devices. If you want part of your trip to be about contributing to the environment as well as diving on great coral reefs visit TRACC in Malaysian Borneo.
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Pom Pom Island, Semporna, Malaysia
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Had the most amazing time over at TRACC this summer! It was the second time I visited and I will make sure to come back! Great people and awesome work and diving!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great experience. 3 dives every day. Learnt a lot. Recommend to anyone interested in marine conservation.

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Thank OriginalNutbag
Reviewed 12 September 2017

I spent 8 months with TRACC from January - August 2017. My stay was divided into two parts. First, I took the marine science a-level course from January - April, and then stayed on to do my divemaster internship from May-August. I learned SO MUCH...More

1  Thank cconklin524
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Great atmosphere, great people, great cause, for a fair price!. I started with my open water and had more than 80 dives done when I left after 6 weeks. The living conditions are basic and they need to treat more for ants especially for the...More

Thank c0nnielj
Reviewed 17 September 2016

i spend more than 7 month on this tiny island doing the a level marine sience course and working as an instructor. i loved it! if was an great experience even that iam a passion diver since years already i learned so much more about...More

2  Thank Sophie G
aphanius, Professor at Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2016

Thanks you were all great students and a pleasure to teach. good luck

Reviewed 4 September 2016

I was there for a week to volunteer. this place is filled with nice and kind-hearted people devoted to taking care of the corals and making some fun out of it! Highly recommended should you thirst for a truly natural experience (and be prepared for...More

Thank Bryan H
aphanius, Manager at Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2016

Glad you had a great time. Please tell your friends, TRACC always needs help to restore coral reefs.

Reviewed 2 August 2016

I spent 3 weeks at TRACC and thoroughly enjoyed my time on Pom Pom island, I met fantastic people and had a brilliant instructor during my open water course. The diving is an obvious highlight and I loved all the dives I participated in both...More

Thank Hannah L
Reviewed 13 July 2016

If you are looking for an alternative to a diving holiday with the opportunity to live on a tropical island, get back to basics and experience island life, then TRACC is your destination. TRACC is more than just a marine conservation. Crystal clear and super...More

Thank slyc8
Reviewed 10 July 2016

TRACC is the best! You get to: -Live on a tropical island. -Swim with turtles and so many other beautiful marine creatures. -Dive and see the most beautiful coral reefs in the world (many of which TRACC have created/gardened themselves). -Hang out with the loveliest...More

Thank JFlors
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Trying to think about beginning this review is already proving difficult because it's hard to find the words to describe what an incredible place and experience this is. My girlfriend and I stumbled across TRACC whilst looking for somewhere to do some volunteering and I...More

1  Thank leowinspear4
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Randall D
6 October 2017|
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Response from Hazel O | Property representative |
Hi Randall, Yes you do. The cost of volunteering does not include flights. I've sent you an e-mail. Regards, Hazel, TRACC
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SianVogtTuck
9 June 2015|
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Response from aphanius | Property representative |
Hi, We welcome marine conservation assistance for short trips by qualified divers only. Trainee divers need to come for 2 weeks minimum. We normally have a boat to/from Semporna on Mondays or Thursdays so trips mon to... More
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