Tropical Research And Conservation Centre

Tropical Research And Conservation Centre

Tropical Research And Conservation Centre
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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 set back from the beach, with good food provided 3 times each day. 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.
Semporna, Malaysia
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Travellers' Choice
2023

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James S
2 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
You know a place is good when your planned 2 weeks turns into 22 weeks…

Great diving, scenery, food and people, amidst the effort of coral reef and turtle conservation.

I highly recommend this experience for solo travellers, couples, friend groups and families. The diving is world class and is ran by a top notch instructional team.

Book your place asap!
Written 17 December 2023
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Saffron R
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Couples
TRACC is amazing! It’s such a special place, you will find it hard to get the same experience elsewhere. The diving is BEAUTIFUL and feels like you really get a connection with the reef there as you do conservation tasks around the island. An amazing community and is so cool to connect with so many talented people who can teach you so much about the ocean! Also the food is SENSATIONAL 😍
Written 1 December 2023
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N J
3 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
Lucky me had time to stay at TRACC for a month. I had been searching for a place to go help our oceans, but didn't want to fall into a "voluntourism-trap". I wanted it to be decent with long term plans. That's how I found TRACC. Only once I arrived would I know for sure, that they truly were what I hoped they would be! A bunch of awesome people, with two of the most dedicated, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fun scientist who all really care about their cause.. I really miss it!

Other than that, the whole setting was just a dream. A beautiful island, really lovely food, great people, a LOT of diving, games and fun. Tents were big, a nice common area and the showers, well, they grow on you ;).

I would highly recommend anybody going, I will for sure try and come back when I can. I'd love to see what happend to the new reef-structure we planted, how much my planted corals have grown and if the baby eagle-rays off our jetty will have grown to big ones..

If you go, your diving skills will get better than ever, as will your knowledge about what you see under the sea. And also you'll just have an amazing time, with super fun people. So I'd say: just GO THERE NOW.

Written 1 December 2023
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Sew Hong A
5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
TRACC is one of the best diving cum ocean education cente. I have 2 weeks volunteering there, doing fish n turtle habitat study, coral planting n maintainance, appreciate the nature n relax.
Written 1 December 2023
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Mike F
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
If you ever need a tropical getaway, pom-pom Island might be the place for you.

If you want to get certified in scuba diving, improve your diving skills or just utilize those skills in a magnificent, marine environment and Tracc is where you need to be

I can’t say enough about the kind, determined and interesting people at Tracc who are working hard to improve this little corner of the world.

In addition to the Cambridge University A-level students that come here every year to study marine science. TRACC has a strong educational base made up of very smart staff members, some who have published papers on their own research.

Many of the volunteers that I met were returning for their second or third time and one woman came from Italy in March 2022 and, other than visa required obligations to leave pom-pom occasionally, She has not returned home yet. She has grown from interested, volunteer to a position as a highly skilled dive instructor.

Many of the volunteers are here for extended, stays up to six months. It doesn’t matter if you come as a solo visitor or with a group of friends you can do this. and I there is no age limit.
Written 14 November 2023
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Ellie L
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Solo
I highly recommend coming to participate in the Marine Science A-Level or volunteer. You will regret it if you don’t come here.

The whole experience and the people you met will be life changing - there is no place like TRACC, it truly is unique.

I came to Pom Pom in January 2023 to do the Marine Science A-Level - it was an interesting course led by the Science Officers Jeeth and Farhana who went above and beyond to help us all understand the content in time for the exams. You live, swim and breathe everything marine science - in the classroom, on your dives and even while eating at night!

I was a complete newbie at scuba diving when I arrived but I completed my Open Water and Advanced Open Water qualifications within the first couple of weeks of my stay. This was with the help of Anna - the most patient, knowledgeable and just overall incredible instructor!!

The many conservation efforts and results the team here create is a testament to their passion, dedication and pure hard work over the years to improve the reef around Pom Pom and neighbouring islands. It was an honour to be able to join in many times with work dives and surveys to help in their efforts.

Also, the food is absolutely amazing. Neng and the kitchen staff work wonders with creating delicious meals everyday - the pumpkin curry I still crave when at home!!

I will forever be grateful of my time on Pom Pom and I am sure I will return many times in the future :)
Written 27 June 2023
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Ramona R
1 contribution
May 2023 • Solo
A wonderful place with awesome people who all care deeply for marine conservation! I can highly recommend volunteering or even participating in the Marine Science A-Level course!
Written 24 June 2023
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m h
Carlisle, UK4 contributions
Aug 2022
I hadn’t heard of TRACC as of July 2022. My open water instructor had mentioned it whilst doing my course back in England, and I ended up volunteering for a month in August.

I really enjoyed the first part of my travels on a remote tropical island, diving 2/3 times a day, restoring coral reefs and conducting research. A great way to promote environmental protection.

I left to continue with my travels but only lasted 3 months off the island before I HAD to return! I was fortunate to be offered to do my Dive Master course, which would see me being taught in detail about how to lead dives in order to gather vital data for the science officers, Jeeth and Farhana, to analyze and produce papers. This was invaluable, and has increased my knowledge of the environment 10-fold as opposed to just completing my Dive Master at a resort.

The food is amazing, I’m not a fussy eater and Neng and the kitchen team knock out delicious meals everyday!

This is the end of 5 months that I’ve spent on the island, and there will always be a little part of me left on the island ! To all the team, volunteers, local people I’ve met along the way, you’ve been great and I hope to catch a dive with you elsewhere in the world!

Saya ini original Sabahan.
Written 20 April 2023
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Jane K
1 contribution
Feb 2023
I initially volunteered at TRACC for one month with the expectation to learn more about the ocean, gain hands-on conservation experience, and meet some new people. TRACC was SO more than that in every single way, and within one week I knew that I needed to extend my stay.

I came to PomPom as an inexperienced diver, but within 3.5 weeks I’d done over 50 dives on the island and gained a rescue diver certification. This was with the help of Amazing Anna, who is the all-time best instructor, and the DMT’s who were incredibly supportive and enthusiastic.

You learn something new every single day; spending hours excitedly identifying fish after your dives, and being briefed by the super knowledgeable science officers on every aspect of the work dives and turtle walks. Conservation efforts are paramount, which is evidenced every day during reef restoration projects, coral planting, crown of thorn starfish culling, and turtle ID dives - to name a few.

Everyones tents are really spacious, the communal area and facilities are clean, and the food is an absolute highlight (I'm still dreaming of the gado gado). There are no ‘cliques’ and from day one you’re treated exactly the same as the other Volunteers, A Levellers and Staff, even if they've been there for years! The friendly and welcoming nature of the camp remains exactly the same, despite people coming and going.

It was an absolute pleasure to be on PomPom, and I know I’ll be visiting this wonderful island for years to come.
Written 9 March 2023
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Dale C
2 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
Amazing location for macro diving. Incredible to see the coral growth and development of all the artificial reef projects that tracc have implemented over the years!
Written 7 March 2023
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