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Tropical Research and Conservation Centre

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Amazing project with incredible diving

I spent 4 incredible months on Pompom. In a span of four months I got to see how Tracc started new... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2018
Rasmus B

This was my second trip to TRACC and loved it just as much if not more than my previous trip. I... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2018
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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...more
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Pom Pom Island, Semporna, Malaysia
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

I spent 4 incredible months on Pompom. In a span of four months I got to see how Tracc started new projects, improved already existing project and outfaced old project with newer, better and more effective ways to conserve a small but beautiful part of...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Rasmus B
Reviewed 4 October 2018

This was my second trip to TRACC and loved it just as much if not more than my previous trip. I was really impressed with how the reef had developed in the 3 years between my visits, there was so much more life! The diving...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

We just left TRACC after spending 3 amazing months with beautiful humans.I have to admit, I wasn't sure about staying right away 3 months in a tiny island. It was my first long experience in an island and I loved it. As we were already...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 21 September 2018

I stayed with TRACC for 6 months, and I count myself as being incredibly lucky, as I was a part of their diving staff, so I got to live my dream job in my dream location! I first stayed with TRACC around 3 years ago,...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Helena F
HazelO127, Manager at Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2018

Hi Helena, Thank you for such a lovely review. We really appreciate you taking the time to give other volunteers your insight, especially into volunteering with a dietary requirement. Take care,

Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

TRACC Borneo, 一个让我在三个星期半里完成了40多次潜水活动的地方。在这里,我不但得到了我的第二张潜水执照,还学习了人造珊瑚礁的建筑、破碎珊瑚的保育、海洋生物的辨别与侦查等相关的知识。不过对我来说最值得怀念的,是在这岛上的生活。我白天参与着珊瑚礁的重建,傍晚与本地乐观的Bajau员工打排球,晚上和来自英国、美国、法国、澳洲等各个国家的志工闲聊,然后早早就寝期待第二天的“工作”。忘了说一下,我们周末也是很忙的,忙着在本岛或是附近的岛屿潜水,然后来瓶啤酒与大家继续畅谈一整天(当然我大多时候喝的是汽水,信不信由你😜) 或许你会问我,听得懂大家在说什么吗?好吧我老实说,我大多时候都听不懂😅。每个国家的人都有自己的口音、用词、笑点等等,这是单单和来自国内各地的朋友聊天就能注意到的事。但没关系啊,只要我愿意加入,他们都会放慢语速、重复一遍、或事直接解释给我听。另外的一点就是,潜水时是不能说话的😆,所以只要你懂得基本的手语标示,在水下还是能和大家用一样的“语言”交流。悄悄告诉你,我潜水的运气还挺不错的,时不时能见到一些稀奇古怪的生物让大家来欣赏,所以在这点上我还是有办法加入他们的话题的😎。 如果真要说这里有什么不好的话……或许是这里的生活太悠闲让本该找份工作赚钱的我深感羞愧?当然珊瑚礁重建和海洋生物侦查等都是每日的功课,不过给你一罐氧气筒你在水里最多也只能待个50分钟,哪怕一天给你安排四次工作了加上下水前的准备你前前后后最多也只“工作”6小时。不过说真的,一个鱼儿成天在你身边闲晃的水下任务真的能算工作吗?只有在岸上用洋灰打造人造珊瑚礁的任务才比较算是工作吧?所以没错,我们平日都会同时拥有一些在岸上和在水里的工作,看起来才会比较像在干活😁。 继续探讨这里的“缺点”。每天睡帐篷的野外生活你能适应吗?每天在简陋的卫生间冲凉的乡下生活你能适应吗?偶尔需要洗刷碗盘清理海滩的义工生活你能适应吗?白天没有风扇晚上蚊子成群的户外生活你能适应吗?如果你能,那也没啥能难倒你了吧?想想在这里每天能看见欧洲的帅哥美女,晚上还能和他们适量饮酒闲话家常的生活(过度饮酒会对潜水造成潜在危险所以平日不能多喝,而我平日干脆不喝,省钱😏),那点考验都不在话下吧…… 简而言之,言而简之,这里的生活对于想要体验充满意义的假期生活的你来说绝对是一个好地方。不信?看看国外朋友那极高的回头率就知道啦。我在那里认识的朋友至少有25%是第二次回来做志工的,顺便考多一张潜水执照。现在的我离开了,但我的心会有很长一段时间无法忘记在那里的一切。就让那里树上那句“Don't look back because you aren't going this way”在我脸上pia pia作响吧。是的,我会回去的!

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank LerR1
HazelO127, Owner at Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2018

Hi Rong, Thanks for taking the time to write us such a nice review. Can't wait to see you back again. Hazel :-)

Reviewed 17 September 2018

I ventured to TRACC all the way from the States, and it was totally worth it. I stayed on Pom Pom for a span of 8 weeks during the summer of 2018. From the time I hopped off the boat, I was met with open...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Andrew M
HazelO127, Manager at Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Hey Drew, Thank you so much for your review. It really means a lot to us that you took the time to write so much about your experiences. Hope to see you on the island again in the future. Hazel :-)

Reviewed 17 September 2018

an amazing place to stay ,watching the sunset around the fire place around good people , good vibe , really good food . learned a lot about marine life ,marine conservation, coral and much more. 2 month was not enough an planing to go back...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Thibaut C
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

We stayed as a couple for three weeks with tracc on pom pom and both absolutely loved it. I learned to dive (open water and advanced) and was teached by competent and patient instructors which relied to my own speed of learning which was very...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Mathias S
Reviewed 21 August 2018

I spent 4 weeks here in July-August this year, and I already cannot wait to go back! I could write an essay about all the things I loved so i'll try and keep it short - The staff - from the DMs, instructors, boat drivers,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank surf98
Reviewed 2 July 2018

I found out about TRACC in a facebook group called Girls that Scuba and got a lot a great recommendations about the project. I decided to do the 4 months A-Level Marine Science Course and all of my expectations were met! Best 4 months of...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Randall D
6 October 2017|
Response from HazelO127 | 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
9 June 2015|
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