Beautiful coral reefs and wonderful company
For a good cause
We had more than just a ‘feel good’ feeling of being involved in doing good
Exploring the hidden wonders of the underwater world of Lombok with the Dorsal Effect
I had the recent good fortune to attend a day trip run by Kathy and the Dorsal Effect. As an avid Ocean conservationist and Conservation Photographer I had been …
“The Dorsal Effect, in full effect..”
I had the recent good fortune to attend a day trip run by Kathy and the Dorsal Effect. As an avid Ocean conservationist and Conservation Photographer I had been working on my own project around Indonesia when I heard about the work of this group. It is such a rewarding thing to see people taking the time and effort into helping impoverished fishing communities to look at embracing a better more sustainable path for future income and revenue streams. We always say “Children are the future” that especially resounds when it comes to children being raised in communities with little, if any, understanding of the impact their fishing actions have on the balance of their local Ocean environment.
The day starts out with a trip to see the problem. The fish market at Tanjung Luar can, at times, offer up distressing scenes of large sharks, manta rays and even cetaceans being landed and processed. It certainly requires a strong stomach. But this is the issue the Dorsal Effect is looking to combat. By seeing the negatives of the problem you are then able to witness the positives, chat with the boat captains that have been enticed to change. Visit and witness the local environs including some spectacular options for SCUBA diving with a licensed and local professional dive guide. All in all it is a day that will allow you to see and discuss the issues with the attendees and also with Kathy or a member of The Dorsal Effect team.
I heartily recommend people take this trip when they travel to this part of the World. Not only will it open your eyes into the issues facing the region but it will also contribute so positively to the families that are willing to embrace change. And change has to start somewhere…
Well done Kathy and all the folks at The Dorsal Effect, a job well done.
Started off the trip walking through the fish market and saw a hammerhead about 2.5m long lifeless….
“Untouched corals, beaches and also for a good cause!”
Started off the trip walking through the fish market and saw a hammerhead about 2.5m long lifeless. We took a boat out into the ocean to arrive at a little sandy island, though we weren’t able to see any starfish, we did discovered a little hermit which was too shy to come and greet us. There were also a few shells of dead starfish which was imprinted with a star. We hopped on a boat and it brought us to 2 snorkel sites. The 2 snorkeling sites were fantastic. The reefs were very alive, colourful with touches of green, brown, red and blue and the fishes were swimming all over like in an aquarium except without the tank. We went to a pink beach where the grains of the sand had a special mix of white and red. A sign pointed to an old cannon left behind from war. Though the cannon was old and rusty, but it was the journey there that was great. We were at a cliff overlooking the sea. The cliff was like quay lapis and most people would have thought its Australia if shown a picture of it. On the way back, we saved a cute little baby starfish from drying up on the sand. It’s really an enjoyable boat trip and I would strongly recommend it. The guide was very friendly and at times funny which made the trip so much more enjoyable.
I had a wonderful experience on the boat trip that the Dorsal Effect offered. Island hopping and exploring deserted islands reminds me of my video gaming days. In addition, before setting off on the boat trip…
“Holiday with a cause”
I had a wonderful experience on the boat trip that the Dorsal Effect offered. Island hopping and exploring deserted islands reminds me of my video gaming days. In addition, before setting off on the boat trip, we went to the abattoir where fishermen displayed and sell their haul of sharks to the highest bidder. It was not a pretty sight but it offers one a glimpse of the sharks trade. You can do your part in stopping this act of cruelty by supporting the Dorsal Effect so that these fishermen can have an alternative source of income.
I will always remember this amazing experience I had in Lombok. There is nothing more satisfying than being a part of something beautiful, fun and meaningful…
“Best Day Ever!”
I will always remember this amazing experience I had in Lombok. There is nothing more satisfying than being a part of something beautiful, fun and meaningful. It was one of the most chill, care-free days of my life-swimming/snorkling/cloud gazing/cliff climbing/smiles and conversations-and being able to witness firsthand Kathy’s passion and dedication to her world changing efforts. Thank you for giving me this experience–truly a breath of fresh air.
from someone who loves to have braids in my hair and no shoes on my feet–Lombok has the best vibes 🙂