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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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Make a difference one coral at a time

Was at TRACC for 4 weeks in Dec 2017 and had the most meaningful vacation ever. I had a blast of a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jon T
Another gem of a place

Truly gorgeous. Fab Place. Its truly beyond me that we underestimate just how much we dont know... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2017
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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was at TRACC for 4 weeks in Dec 2017 and had the most meaningful vacation ever. I had a blast of a time learning loads about marine life and replanting corals. The island is stunning and once you enter the water, the devastation of bomb...More

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Reviewed 29 November 2017

Truly gorgeous. Fab Place. Its truly beyond me that we underestimate just how much we dont know about our oceans.

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

The most meaningful diving experience you can ever have! Would definitely come back for the rest of my diving courses!

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Tracc is an incredible place, I'm so thankful I could have been there! I recommand this place for anyone who love to dive and want to help to preserve the beauty of nature. People at Tracc are also amazing, young and beautiful, you will meet...More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

It was a marvellous experience, wonderful place, wonderful people. Very simple and happy life. I will come back

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

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 19 October 2017

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

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Reviewed 13 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

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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

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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

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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

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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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