UK tour operator Original Diving is offering 7 nights at the Karma Resorts in Bali, Indonesia from £2,050 per couple (saving £750) based on 2 people sharing a 1-bedroom pool villa on a B&B basis with a 1-day dive package (2 dives), return airport transfers and a 20% discount on all spa treatments. Stay 10 nights and you will get a free Bali tour too! Return flights to Bali start from around £690 per person with Qatar Airways via Doha. Offer valid from now until March 2014 excluding 15 Jul to 15 Sep and 27 Dec to 05 Jan.
As Bali continues to lead the way as one of the most popular dive destinations in the world, Karma Jimbaran provides the ultimate resting point from which to discover this magnificent underwater world. The Resort’s location on the south west coast of Bali provides guests with a whole host of options when it comes to diving day trips from Karma Jimbaran. Housing an impressive collection of varied diving opportunities, Bali’s waters are home to a vast array of marine life, from the very small reef dwellers such as the pygmy seahorse to the larger magnificent manta rays. Highlights include the world famous wreck dive in Tulamben: the final resting place of the shipwrecked USAT Liberty sunk in the Second World War; almost guaranteed diving with manta rays at manta point off Nusa Penida; the walls of never ending coral surrounding Menjangan Island or for the macro-lovers out there, Seraya: where the sandy bottom is home to all manner of rare and weird critters. Bali is also one of the few places in the world where it is possible to see the Giant Mola Mola (Sunfish), an extraordinarily large and odd-looking fish. Put simply, Bali has it all when it comes to diving!
Karma Jimbaran is a charming collection of 40 luxury pool villas sleepily overlooking the white sandy beaches of the world renowned Jimbaran Bay; a natural proscenium for some of the island’s most majestic sunsets. The resort takes inspiration from classical Balinese architecture, incorporating both indoor and outdoor living to form a tranquil resting place from which to watch the sun gradually descend into the sea. Villas take the form of a series of pavilions featuring floor to ceiling glass walls dotted around a central garden courtyard, housing a private pool and veranda. Inside, open plan living, dining and kitchen areas house contemporary furnishings and traditional artwork leading to en suite bedrooms. The resort’s restaurant, Karma Lounge is accessed along the Karma Jimbaran’s tropical flora-strewn paths where guests can dine on some of the freshest seafood on the island. Regular weekly events including Sunday BBQs and seafood feasts occur at the restaurant, introducing guests to a little Balinese tradition. The Karma Spa features black timber floors, gossamer fabrics and batik furnishings, creating the perfect environment for a diverse range of treatments, including bamboo stick seaweed facials to the rather unusual hot oil blue glass massage.
For more details, contact Original Diving:
Project SIARC through to the finals of The National Lottery Awards
Project SIARC has been nominated alongside 16 other projects from across the UK to be named National Lottery Project of the Year.
The marine environment in Wales is teeming with life; beneath the often-murky waters are little understood species of shark, skate and ray (elasmobranchs) of conservation importance.
Project SIARC is catalysing links between fishers, researchers, communities and government to collaborate and safeguard elasmobranchs and support a green recovery in Wales.
“We are so grateful for this nomination – it’s thanks to all of our wonderful communities, partners and volunteers working with us to help safeguard and celebrate sharks, skates and rays in Wales”, commented Project SIARC Technical Specialist and regular Scubaverse contributor Jake Davies.
For more information about Project SIARC, visit https://www.projectsiarc.com/.
Silent Reef Keepers: The Fight to Save the Caribbean Reef Shark
The Kingdom of the Netherlands will ask for increased protection for the Caribbean reef shark during next month’s Conference of Parties for the Cartagena Convention (COPs) on Aruba. Caribbean reef sharks play a critical role in maintaining a healthy reef ecosystem and building resilience within the oceans. This increased protection is critical for ensuring a sustainable future for this iconic species.
The Caribbean Sea is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and a dazzling array of marine life. Among the charismatic inhabitants of this underwater paradise is the Caribbean Reef Shark (Carcharhinus perezii), a species that plays a crucial role in maintaining the health of coral reef ecosystems. In the Dutch Caribbean, these apex predators face mounting threats, but there is hope on the horizon. At the upcoming Conference of Parties for the Cartagena Convention (COPs), the Kingdom of the Netherlands will seek increased protection for these magnificent creatures by listing this species on Annex III of the SPAW Protocol. Annex III includes plant and animal species which require additional protection to ensure this species is able to adequately recover their populations in the Wider Caribbean Region.
Caribbean reef sharks thrive in warm, tropical waters of the Caribbean region, with a distribution range that stretches from Florida to Brazil. This species is one of the most encountered reef shark species throughout the whole Caribbean Sea. Growing up to 3m (9.8ft) in length, this shark is one of the largest apex predators in the reef ecosystem and is at the top of the marine food web, having only a few natural predators.
In addition to being of great economic value, as shark diving is a major draw for divers from around the world, this species is also critical for maintaining balance within the reef ecosystem. Their presence helps regulate the population of smaller prey species, which in turn, prevents overgrazing on seagrass beds and coral reefs and eliminates sick or weak fish from the population. This balance is essential for maintaining the health and diversity of the entire coral reef.
Despite their ecological and economic significance, Caribbean reef sharks in the Caribbean face numerous threats that have led to a population reduction estimated to be between 50–79% over the past 29 years. In the (Dutch) Caribbean this is mainly caused by:
Habitat Degradation: The degradation of coral reefs and seagrass beds due to climate change, pollution, and coastal development has a direct impact on the availability of prey for these sharks. Loss of habitat reduces their ability to find food and shelter.
Overfishing: Overfishing poses one of the most immediate threats to Caribbean reef sharks. They are often caught incidentally in commercial fisheries, where fishermen are targeting other species, or intentionally, where they are sought after for their fins, used in shark fin soup.
A Call for Increased Protection
There are different organizations and individuals working to protect sharks and their habitats in the Dutch Caribbean. A significant milestone was the establishment of protected areas such as the Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary between Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius. Another milestone was in 2019 when the Dutch government adopted an International Shark Strategy. The strategy sets out which protective and management actions for sharks and rays are to be taken by the government in all seas and oceans where the Netherlands has influence (including the Dutch Caribbean). Additional efforts are still needed to create more marine protected areas, enhance enforcement, reduce pollution in the ocean, and promote sustainable fishing practices. These species know no (political) boundaries and their protection requires broadscale conservation efforts within the Dutch Caribbean and beyond.
The Caribbean reef shark is a species of paramount importance to the (Dutch) Caribbean’s coral reefs. With the extra protection being requested during the next COPS meeting in Aruba, there is hope that this species will have a healthy future. By recognizing their ecological significance and the challenges they face, we can work together to ensure a brighter future for the Caribbean Reef Shark in the Dutch Caribbean and beyond.
The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) supports science communication and outreach in the Dutch Caribbean region by making nature-related scientific information more widely available through amongst others the Dutch Caribbean Biodiversity Database, DCNA’s news platform BioNews and the press. This article contains the results from several scientific studies but the studies themselves are not DCNA studies. No rights can be derived from the content. DCNA is not liable for the content and the in(direct) impacts resulting from publishing this article.
Photo + photo credit: Jim Abernethy-all rights reserved
For more information, please contact: research@DCNAnature.org
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