Scuba Junkie was set up and run by people who love and respect the underwater world. Through out the many years that Scuba Junkie has been running, conservation has remained at the very heart of the company. With the expansion into Indonesia, the opportunity came to be part of another community. With over 10 years of experience in conservation we understand that there is much to be done, but things must be approached delicately.
We are lucky to have a recycling centre in Labuan Bajo, making it easy for us to ensure our waste is recycled. We send back our recycling twice a week, where it is taken to the centre and broken down. We also minimise our use of plastic by encouraging all guests to bring refillable bottles of water, and using bags for life for all of our shopping for the resort.
We are also strict in enforcing proper 'Manta Protocol'. Our divers are encouraged to relax, stop swimming and allow the Manta Rays to come to them. We do not encourage anyone to touch, chase or pester any marine life, especially not these curious and intelligent rays.
We also encourage and help our divers to dive in a way that has as little impact as possible on the stunning corals reefs. Buoyancy tips are given during dive briefings and no one is taken to a site that is beyond their capabilities. We support and work with the the MMF (Marine Megafauna Foundation) and often host them for their research activities.
We also take regular steps to be involved with the community. We run regular English lessons and also teach staff and many from our neighbouring village about the negative effects of plastic.
We give presentations to the school on sharks, turtles and marine debris, and will be sponsoring their new library. To make a change in the world, the younger generations must be involved, so we hope that we can help them see the importance of the marine world, as well as aiding their education and allowing them to expand their horizons.
Over the past few years we have taken on several interns from Indonesia. Some came to us as Advanced divers, some came to us having never tried diving before - either way we are happy to support them in their new career choice. Not only do we teach them how to be great PADI Divemasters, but we also share with them our passion for conservation and protecting marine species. We run environmental weeks through out the year, and we ensure that all our staff are involved in this and learning about the importance of protecting marine species.
If you are from Indonesia and interested in our internship programme, please send us an email!