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Cleaning Up The Paradise

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Paddling the beautiful waters around the Komodo Islands is a true privilege. One feels a sense of the remote and being surrounded by nature both above and below the water. The stresses of our day to day life seem to melt away and you are present in the moment. However evidence of the outside world is still noticeable in the form of rubbish usually washed into the park from nearby towns on Flores.

 

Over the last 10 years we have helped keep the park clean by collecting this rubbish on all the islands and beaches we visit and then transport it back to Labuan Bajo to be disposed of properly. We see a significant change in beach and water conditions between the start of the kayaking season (March) and the end (December). Rubbish levels decrease markedly, testament to the effectiveness of the program.


This clean-up process has been further enhanced by a recycling facility now established in Labuan Bajo and other like-minded businesses joining in to help, notably Atlas Pearl Farm on Pungu Island.

It is amazing to see how our guests also get involved helping us keeps the Komodo National Park clean.
These actions along with further education in town and the development of better rubbish collection and disposal in these centers will surely keep the Komodo National Park a pristine nature reserve for years to come.

Article & photos by: Peter Miller, No Roads

 

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