Kon-Tiki Krabi is giving their staff a challenge they can resist!!!

Christoffer and Olle Kon-Tiki Krabi project AWARE finathon

2 young and strong men with a lot of will power volunteered immediately to help our sharks get the attention they deserve.

The challenge is to swim from Ao Nang Beach, Krabi to Railay beach. This is approximately a swim on 4 km.

If we manage to get the full goal of 500 USD, then the boys will do the swim all the way to Poda Islands, which is approximately 8 km away.

This will of course be well documented by many pictures and videos along the way!

Join us in our goal to swim For Sharks either by donation or cheering for our boys on the beach!

http://finathon.org/kontiki

Here’s 3 reasons to get swimming to end finning:

– 1 in 5 sharks are threatened with extinction

– You can swim in a shark costume and no-one will think you’re crazy

– It’s FINtastic FUN

So lets Get Swimming to End Finning.

Four de-commissioned Thai Navy vessels to be sunk off Krabi

This story was published in The Phuket News last month.

Four de-commissioned Thai Navy vessels to be sunk off Krabi Thailand’s Royal Navy has agreed to hand over four decommissioned vessels for use in a Krabi undersea marine park projected by the provincial office, it was reported Wednesday. The project is aimed at increasing knowledge of undersea life and increasing tourism resources at Koh Phi Phi. Chuan Pukaoluan, appointed chairman of the Governor’s Council of Advisors on Provincial Development, said the Undersea Knowledge Park project originated in the council, which requested the warships in 2010. “Our goal is to conserve and revive the undersea and coastal resources of Krabi,” Chuan said.

“The Navy has now agreed to hand over the ships,” he said, naming the vessels Pra Tong, Kolam, Talibong, and Rawee – all de-commissioned.

“These warships that will be sunk in the undersea marine park are quite important,” he explained, “because, as man-made coral reefs, they will serve as nurseries for conserving immature sea life, protecting them from illegal fishing.”

He also noted the ships will add to Krabi’s tourist attractions and become “an enhanced feature of provincial development.”

He said the vessels will be turned over to Krabi “sometime this month.”

“Presently they are in the cleaning stage,” Sombat said. “I expect in two months they can be towed to Krabi.” He said towing the ships to Krabi would cost “about ten million baht, which is all coming from private sector pockets – it won’t cost the state even one baht.”

Sombat said the project has backing from the Coastal and Marine Resources Department. “One of the ships will be sunk off Phi Phi Lay,” he said, “and three off Koh Yawasam in Tambon Ao Nang of Meuang district, Krabi.”

“I am sure this will be a new choice for tourists in Krabi,” he opined.

Said fellow Council of Advisors member Porthep Siboonreuang: “In addition to becoming a centre for dissemination of knowledge about – and study of – undersea nature, the new park will conserve and revive [the environment in] two places. We expect the resulting increase in tourists wishing to experience the undersea environment will be 5,000 yearly – adding to yearly income by ten million baht.”

It was not reported what facilities, other than the sunken navy vessels, are planned for the park.

Source : Your Krabi / Phuket news

Kon-Tiki Lanta is releasing a new Android app to support Project AWARE

Andaman Reef Guide diving thailand

“Andaman Reef Guide” is a simple application that holds a database and interesting facts about the species on the reefs of the Andaman Sea.

By purchasing this app for around 100 baht the user will get access to 300 pictures and information about the coral reef. 20% of the profits will go to Project AWARE, a foundation that supports the conservation of the marine environment.

The application is also linked to monthly updates on the Kon-Tiki website that holds more in depths information regarding specific marine species.

The app will soon also be available on AppStore for iPhone.

The application can be purchased here:
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.kontiki.fishid&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImFpci5jb20ua29udGlraS5maXNoaWQiXQ

Read more about Project Aware:
http://www.projectaware.org/

Biggest cleanup in the world!

If was early up in the morning of 30th September! This day Kon-Tiki Phuket would be a part of the biggest underwater clean up in the world with more than 450 divers just as many non-divers and 16 dive boats cleaning the reefs of Racha Yai, Racha Noi, Coral island and Phi Phi islands. .

Earlier this year, Tony Andrews, PADI regional manager for west Thailand contacted all dive centers with an idea of doing an underwater clean up. At the first meeting around 10 dive centers showed up for support and within the next couple of months the event just got bigger and bigger. But it was not only dive centers participating. All official government offices were there from marine police and the Thai navy to governor office to tourist authorities of Thailand.

Kon-Tiki left for Racha Noi with around 20 divers. Our task was cleaning up Banana Bay south. Onboard our staff Mikael Stenberg, Mikael Nilsson, Michael Mengel and Jim Chance went through the day’s program with all the other divers. We went through how to collect rubbish, what we should take back to the boat or leave, how to separate it and how to protect the ocean in the future.

First dive went good and with the staff guiding the divers and filling the bags. Then we had time for lunch and ready for the second dive. The biggest thing we found was a fishing net weighting around 300 KG and we estimate we had just about 600 kg of rubbish. We found things like ropes, cans, glass bottle, plastic bottle and fishing lines.

Before reaching the pier all boats who participated gather together at Koh Lon for a group photo. But the day didn’t end there. In the evening everyone was invited to party at Kan Eng 2 in Chalong. We had speeches from PADI and government officials, raffles (I won a dry bag), donations to Go Eco Phuket, free food, free beers, live bands and as the big surprise, JOB 2 DO a very famous Thai band.

In total 15 tons was collected, 450 divers and just as many non-divers, more than 100,000 THB donated to Go Eco Phuket underlined that this was a new world record for most people doing an underwater clean up. Will we do it again – Absolutely!

Kon-Tiki Phuket likes to say thank you to all who participated and anyone else who was involved in this event. Without you we couldn’t have done it. If you have pictures or stories you like to share please send an e-mail to Michael Wallentin at manager@kontiki-phuket.com

The international cleanup day in Krabi sept. 30th

Cleanup Day Krabi Reef Crab Diving ThailandEvery year Kon Tiki-Krabi arranges a clean up day on this date. This year we choose to do it a little different because PADI´s big underwater cleanup in Phuket.  Instead of doing a normal reef cleanup we partnered up with the newly open dive shop in Ao Nang, The Dive. Together we went out in the Ao nang archipelago visiting three different islands. With us on the boat we had, 1 PADI Open water diver course doing his last 2 dives, 2 guests doing PADI discover scuba diving from Hong Kong, and the Dive joining with 2 divers from france and a few staff from Kon Tiki. The day was absolutely perfect with clear blue skies, a flat sea and great expectations for the dives. The total amount of rubbish collected was “sadly” only about 15m net (collected with 9 divers). This is good news, as this means that we all are getting better and better on making sure that no rubbish is just thrown overboard or just dumped where we can´t see it. In the end of the trip we also managed to get a nice donation to PROJECT AWARE from everyone that joined us.

underwater Cleanup day krabi diving thailand netNow we are counting the days until our high season schedule starts, as then we have a weekly underwater cleanup planned starting from oct 15th-apr 15th.

Slowly, we can all make small efforts. But joining forces and by doing it together, small gets big!

 

 

 

Conny Jeppson
Assistant Manager
Kon Tiki-Krabi

Kon-Tiki Krabi recieves the PADI Green Star Award

On behalf of the PADI Retail & Resort Associations, they would like to commend us for our commitment to conservation and the aquatic environment.

In recognition and appreciation of our conservation initiatives and effort to reduce the environmental footprint of our business, Kon-Tiki Krabi receives the PADI Green Star Award.

Through our achievements we help confirm green initiatives both environmentally and commercially and helps to promote green initiatives among other organizations. PADI would like to congratulate Kon-Tiki Krabi for the outstanding performance in initiating green business practices; exhibiting conservational responsibility!

In the future we plan to do even more project as we have in the past, so please keep yourself updated, should you wish to join us on one or more projects.

 PADI Green Star Award Kon-Tiki Krabi

Malene Jensen
General Manager
Kon-Tiki Krabi