Thursday, February 23, 2012

Weekly underwater clean up with Oceans 5 on Gili Air in Indonesia

Weekly underwater clean up with Oceans 5 on Gili Air in Indonesia

Since 6 weeks now, PADI 5* IDC Resort Oceans 5 on Gili Air in Indonesia has organized an underwater clean up on 6 consecutive Wednesdays, in front of their resort. This happens to be the harbor and is also their local house reef, with tons of macro!

The clean up group with their treasure, in the white rash vest on the right is Pak Kadus (Dana), the head man on Gili Air

The harbor is now a lot cleaner compared to the first time I dived there, over a year ago. Still they manage to get impressive amounts of garbage out of the water although slowly the participants have to move to the sides of the harbor to find more garbage.

The amount of garbage taken out

Interesting to see is that the local staff took over in organizing yesterdays event, completely on their own without being asked to do this. I like that! Well done guys. Another nice touch was that the head of the island participated in the clean up. Pak Kadus (Pak = mister, Kadus = head of island) Dana participated as well. It seems that the local island people are really interested.

The trash bag that Dave, Victoria and myself shared

I dived with Dave, who's completing his Divemaster training at Oceans 5 and his girlfriend and soon to be wife Victoria, who's in the midst of her Advanced Open Water diver course. We had a massive meshbag/trashbag which we filled up almost to the hilt!

A fish reel, one of my finds

I found the fish reel above and the local Divemasters got really excited about, especially when they figured out that the trolley was still working. Today there was a massive trolley clean up!

It was a fun experience and I always enjoy participating in clean ups. Kudo's to Oceans 5 for the initiative, the house reef and harbor look a lot better already! Keep it up guys.

Camille

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