As a professional dive instructor I have been diving all over the world and have enjoyed and participated in many aspects of the underwater world. However, this was my first real opportunity to actively participate in a conservation project. This project allowed me to participate and get involved in the practical aspects of the work rather than just doing data collection. I was involved in the construction of artificial reefs, fabricating the metallic structure which would host the coral, placing it in the water and attaching the coral. The founders of this project, Etienne and Erwan are really knowledgeable, passionate and always willing to teach. Madagascar is an amazing dive destination. The coral reefs are pristine, and there is a variety of interesting topography on the dive sites. In addition to the great diving, there is a great atmosphere around the dive center and (very important) the food was amazing. I plan to return next year to see the result of my contribution and to participate in future projects.
I worked on NGO Marine conservation projects at Nosy Be as an intern & researcher We built 6 artificial reefs and transplanted corals on to them and even have fish and invertebrates living inside and on them - I also completed my Rescue diver exam I created Tammy's Point with the help and knowledge of Etienne (The most passionate marine conservationist I have ever met, I'd love to work with you again one day - I have so many plans!) Our work is now a thriving habitat to many corals and marine life Underwater photos never capture the true beauty of what is really down there 📸 I've had cocktails (Rum Cocos) on the most incredible beaches and eaten some amazing vegan food I've met some lemurs, crocodiles, birds, dogs, zebu, iguanas, beetles, butterflies, spiders, panther chameleons, geckos, moths, frogs, fossa, snakes, and cats I've dived in some incredible sites: Shark point, Nosy Tanikely, Area 51, Nosy Mangabe, Tammy's Point, Ship Wreck, Nosy Sakatia, Anjiamarango & many more I got to swim along side giant sea turtles, lion fish, leopard sharks, moray eels, scorpion fish, angelfish, damselfish, parrotfish, sea cucumbers, starfish, urchins, rays, giant clams & butterfly fish I've cut fishing nets to free trapped turtles & rays I've sunk two cars to turn into reefs and almost achieved everything I wanted to do. Etienne & Pat were incredibly accommodating, they went above and beyond to make sure I had a fantastic experience. They both organised excursions for me and catered for my special dietary requirements. The local people as well as Eitenne's family are beautiful and friendly people. Everybody really helps make you feel relaxed and at home. Now I am continuing my journey else where, I still keep in contact with the people i shared my experience with for updates and to share photos. I highly recommend this conservation project!