Kon-Tiki Krabi´s International Beach Clean Up – 2013

Kon-tiki krabi clean up day 2013 all volunteersAs with all the previous years we always look forward to September with excitement, the clean-up day is here.

We prepared ourselves with all necessary equipment like rubbish bags, gloves, fruit and drinks, data sheet, 1st aid kit and of course all of the prizes from our generous sponsors. After all the banners were in place, prizes displayed, rubbish bags and information posters were in place, we got started.

We welcomed all of our volunteers, dive guests, KRABI tourist police, and a team of almost 14 people from Macro, Paulo, the owner from Long tail boat restaurant, and some tourists. All in all we were about 50 people gathering rubbish on Ao Nang beach, willing to make an impact for the environment.

Everyone got divided into teams and was provided 1 big rubbish bag, 1 big ice bag (for more dangerous materials) and latex gloves to use when picking up all the garbage with. We also informed and provided our collectors with data sheets from Project AWARE, so we could record all of our findings. This information will send to Project AWAREs database, being an important tool for Project AWARE, as they lobby different governments on what is happening and how the environment is affected. But also to keep statistics if we get more or less debris as the years goes by.

Cleanup dady 2013 Kon-Tiki Diving & Snorkeling Center Ao Nang

The day was a great success and just this morning we managed to collect 106 kg of rubbish in just 2 hours.

To make it more exciting for our volunteers we made the day in to a small contest with our sponsors handing out the following prizes.

1st prize – Aqualung Departure bag (value of 6890 baht) donated from Aquamaster in Phuket

2nd prize – Dinner for two at Carnivore Steak & Grill (value of 2000 baht) & Pepeete Snorkeling set from One Stop

3rd prize – Mix of swimming goggles, rash guard from One Stop and many different items from Blue Mango Restaurant

There were of course the Project AWARE diplomas, as well as other small handout to other participants, like the Krabi tourist police and to MACRO who all helped out with the beach cleaning.

It was a perfect day with small glimpses of sun, even though the rain was pouring down on us.

Kon-Tiki Krabi would like to send a big thank you to our Sponsors

Sponsors cleanupday ao nang 2013

More happenings coming up in high season, so keep posted for “Dive for Earth” and “Divers Night”!!

Kon-Tiki Krabi

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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