Conservation and preservation of our reefs
Because of the National Park status of Bunaken in Manado, the reefs inside the park are divided in zones. This system of zonation allows better control and more effective management in order to preserve it for the future. In short, there are 3 different kind of zones in the park.
-Tourism zones (open for diving/snorkeling and no fishing allowed)
-Zones for general use (open for diving/snorkeling and also fishing)
-Conservation zones (closed for diving/snorkeling/fishing. Only open for conservation projects)
Maps of where the zones exactly are to be found and more background information is available and we are happy to tell you more at LUMBALUMBA DIVING – Manado.
Since March 15, 2001 an entrance fee system was launched. It is modeled on that of the successful Bonaire Marine Park system. To enter the park every diver/snorkeler/visitor must purchase a special waterproof tag. (Locally called “PIN” and dive operators, like us, buy them for you in advance).
This tag is individually numbered for inventory control and is valid for the durance of your stay. Once bought, you can’t sell it again. The tag can be fastened to your BCD or wet suit and is also a nice souvenir. The price is currently (2015) 150.000,-Rp and depending on the exchange rate about 10,- to 11,- euro. The money is being used for conservation activities – such as patrol systems and educational programs.
Further, we at Lumbalumba Diving, believe that we borrowed this world from our children. What you borrow you have to return in the same, or even better shape. That includes our coral reefs and all that lives there. Coral reefs are extremely fragile eco-systems and can easily be damaged by careless divers and snorkelers.
We ask you kindly to respect all that lives there and stick to our ethical behavior code:
WATCH and DON’T TOUCH!
So, don’t touch anything. Don’t take anything. Carefully compose your photos and have control over your buoyancy.
We are an active member of the North Sulawesi Water sports Association (NSWA) and follow the guidelines and regulations of its charter. Before you start diving or snorkeling with us, you are required to read and sign an “environmental awareness statement”.
We also appreciate it if you report violations related to conservation and preservation immediately to the guides or management. We will not make you follow a compulsory buoyancy course, but, for example, gloves are not allowed. We are quite strict with this policy and will not hesitate to exclude you from further diving or snorkeling if no respect is shown. Don’t expect a refund on your payment in that case. That will be directly deposited on the account of the park management and used for conservation projects.
Many of the reefs in the world are in a miserable state because of lack of control and “bad diver behavior”. We will not allow that to happen here.