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Tropical Research and Conservation Centre

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Address: Pom Pom Island, Semporna, Malaysia
Phone Number: +60 19-830 9046
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TRACC is a conservation organisation on Pom Pom Island near Semporna, about...

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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A level Marine sience course

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 the ocean and about reefconservation. all the people around you are very educated and passion... More 

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aphanius, Professor at Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, responded to this review

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

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 it. Please do stay longer to make a real impact! (I feel my 1week stay... More 

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aphanius, Manager at Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, responded to this review

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

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 around pom pom and other islands. The corals are beautiful and TRACC have done a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 warm waters with a vast amount of maritime life surround you. You are opened to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 people. -Get stuck in with every project. -Eat homemade fried chicken. Oh...and save the planet... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 can't tell you how happy we were to have found it. Before writing this review,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

My time at Pom Pom and with TRACC was so free, so happy, and so expansive for my knowledge and my mind. There was the freedom to dive as much or as little as I wanted, to grab a tank at 5am or 10 pm, to be involved in a number of awesome conservation projects and create my own. My... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

TRACC is an absolute joy. I am doing my OW and AOW while I am here, and the divemaster Gon is wonderful. The tents are spacious and surprisingly comfortable. The days are laid back, with visitors enjoying a high level of autonomy in their day to day activities. The snorkelling is amazing, with plenty of turtles, and the overall environment... More 

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aphanius, Manager at Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, responded to this review

Hi Nelli, Glad you are having a great time. Lets hope that all the marine life poses nicely in front of your camera. Thanks for the review, Regards TRACC team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015

I had a great time visiting tracc, great diving, lots of marine life and some fantastic people. i would go back agan in an instant.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

Nice people, great diving and for such a good cause. I made lots of friends, planted lots of coral, saw amazing numbers of turtles and dove in some great warm clear water. This is a really special place. I will be back.

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