In addition to our first class instruction, safety and environmental standards we are also the Indonesian home to the Sunfish Research project.
This project is based on the PhD research of Marianne Nyegaard of Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. This is a pioneering project that spans Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand and has recently resulted in the discovery of an entirely new Sunfish species, Mola Tecta! (Marianne Nyegaard et al, July 2017).
The Indonesian part of this project aims to learn more about the Ocean Sunfish that congregate on the reefs of Bali every year through our citizen science photo identification catalogue as well as data collection for statistical analysis. With the help of other dedicated dive centres around Bali, daily dive logs are being collected and added to this long term data set which we hope will eventually shed more light on this fascinating seasonal aggregation, more commonly referred to as 'Sunfish Season' or 'Mola Season'.
This ‘Sunfish Season’ is a unique and mysterious phenomenon and the target of a massive and ever-growing tourism industry. In understanding the Sunfish better this project hopes to provide vital information for the Nusa Penida Managenment Unit and governing bodies to achieve sustainable tourism practices that will ensure the continued presence of the Sunfish on the beautiful reefs of Bali. It is also a way for our guests and all divers in Bali to get involved and contribute directly to scientific research and obtain a deeper understanding of the awesome area in which they are diving.
In our efforts towards sustainable tourism practices and environmental awareness we adhere to and inform our guests about the Diver Code of Conduct and the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area, as well as support various local community projects that deal with environmental education and capacity building, ocean debris and single use plastics.
For a more detailed understanding of the Sunfish Research project please visit www.thebalisunfish.com and www.facebook.com/SunfishResearch (for mobile devices please visit www.thebalisunfish.wixsite.com/thebalisunfish)
For a more focused dive experience involving this project our guests can take our exclusive PADI distinctive specialty – Bali Sunfish and Marine Park Diver.
For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch!