Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, Semporna

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  • I could write a massive essay here but I’m going to keep this short and sweet...I came to Pom Pom island with my childhood best friend , we traded travelling for pursuing our dive master course and to...  more »
  • Just finshed my four months on the island with tracc I done all my diving courses from open water all the way up to dive masters! And I would do it all again in a heartbeat truely recommend going to t...  more »
  • 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 ente...  more »
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  • TRACC is run by a bunch of incredible people who care much about our ocean. The work they are doing is fantastic! Happy to have been a part of it. Might come back for more at some point... :D.
  • Amazing!! 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 in the marine science a-level class. Coming from a political economy background, I decided to take the class to get some baseline knowledge on the oceanic environment before starting my divemaster. It was unlike any course I have taken before, being surrounded by the environment I was studying and having a truly hands on education in the subject. My teachers were very devoted to helping me learn all of the information I needed. We had practicals, gave presentations, and had very personalized teaching. While I was taking the course, I was also able to participate in work dives and conservation work each day which was great. In March, we went on a road trip to Brunei, which was a really cool experience. We got to travel through Borneo, learning about the history of Malaysia and its long economic ties to the oceans. Each morning we would visit fish markets and learn about sustainable or unsustainable fishing practices that we saw. The final exams were held in Kota Kinabalu, and the TRACC team made sure we have plenty of time for intense study before the test. I highly recommend taking this course at TRACC if you are doing your A-levels. I would also recommend for anyone like myself who is a diver or simple interested in learning the basics of marine science, to take the course with TRACC as well! Unforgettable experience! Beyond just the course, the people and community at TRACC far surpassed my expectations. Not only was I living on a tropical paradise, getting to dive every day, I was with a group of like-minded, engaging and genuine people. Everyone here is working to make a difference in the world in whichever little way they can, and have come together to set their minds to truly honest conservation projects at TRACC. Getting to do my divemaster here was better then I could have expected. It was very fulfilling working with divers for a few weeks at a time and helping them to improve their dive skills and establishing a dive relationship with our volunteers. Just sitting around each night chatting and getting to know everyone who came through camp was such a value add to both my A-level course and divemaster course. I cannot thank TRACC enough for everything I learned. TRACC will always feel like home.
  • I was there for a week to volunteer. this place is filled with nice and kind-hearted people devoted to taking care of the corals and making some fun out of it! Highly recommended should you thirst for a truly natural experience (and be prepared for it. Please do stay longer to make a real impact! (I feel my 1week stay has not helped much actually) more of you should be doing this! Visited August 2016
  • I spent 6 weeks with TRACC as a volunteer and had a great time. Pom Pom Island is fantastic, this is the stuff movies are made of. The diving was awesome and the staff went out of their way to be friendly. THIS is the place to get involved with marine conservation. The cutting edge of reef recovery is here. I will be back in late 2015 - see you then.
  • If you want to dive with a purpose, help protect Turtles sharks and the reef then visit TRACC. I planted coral, surveyed reefs which are recovering, was a reef gardener in the nursery and helped protect the eggs from nesting turtles. Some of the dive sites are just amazing. This is the centre of biodiversity and it shows Many many species of fish and coral. Like diving in an aquarium. Trips start Mon or Thursday
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