Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, Semporna

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  • September 12, 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...  more »
  • September 8, 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...  more »
  • April 16, 2017
    Disini merupakan tempat pemuliharaan binatang hampir pupus seperti penyu dan hidupan laut lain. Sangat sesuai untuk datang jika anda merupakan seorang pencinta alam sekitar  more »
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  • September 5, 2016
    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
  • September 16, 2015
    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.
  • May 25, 2016
    I volunteered at TRACC on the 2nd half of May 2016. TRACC provides the ulimate experience for dive conservation, with a brilliant coral reef and marine life restoration on Pom Pom previously left behind by fish blasting activities. TRACC is also the perfect place for perfecting dive skills. Personally, I have an improved understanding and practical competence on buoyancy, among others, with the work dives and skills review done by the instructor and divemasters here. I also got the chance to help out with turtle walk to curb poachers and located nest to be sent to hatchery. I recommend visiting their website and blog for more exciting information.
  • January 11, 2016
    Amazing unlimited diving, great food, never a boring day with always something to do! Pizza oven better be finished by the time I come back!!
  • November 12, 2015
    Fantastic place with great people. we visited in 2013 and had a great time. Just booking for 2016. Lots of turtles, the coral reef conservation activities are amazing and the new reefs are clearly making a difference. Lots of fish including some of the bigger ones have reached breeding size. There is an abundance of macrolife and IMHO the small stuff is better than on Mabul or Kapali. Night diving with sharks has to be on my bucket list. not possible in many other places but the sharks live on the tracc house reef, a few metres from the beach. Amazing place. definitely worth a visit if you care about the ocean :-)

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Where to stay in Semporna

Not a very touristy destination on the whole, Semporna has somewhat limited accommodations, though they're definitely still workable. If you're basing yourself here for the scuba diving activities on one of the nearby islands, ask your operator or instructor about discounts at bed and breakfasts or guesthouses on Semporna. Otherwise, try one of several budget-friendly hostels near the archipelago, specializing in lodgings for divers, snorkelers, and travelers, and offering basic and clean rooms.
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