Community Based Tourism: the Wicked Way!

At Wicked Diving, we believe in a holistic approach to adventure, one that creates community empowerment and long term sustainability for conservation efforts in the areas we are so privileged to dive in. We see ourselves as a part of the marine ecosystem and surrounding cultural environments we visit and appreciate, and community based tourism is just one way to show our committment.

Community Based Tourism: the Wicked Way!
Community based tourism is fundamental to preserving fragile coral reef ecosytems

When you dive with us, you give back to the community, to the ocean, and to the future. Two percent of revenue from each Wicked Diving tour goes to  our non-profit Wicked Good, which was created to sustain the well-being of local communities and nurture preservation of wilderness areas. The ocean, surrounding lands, and communities are all one connected whole and as divers, we strive to leave a positive and enduring legacy in our bubble trail. Community based tourism fosters sustainable employment in biodiverse hotspots such as Komodo where local fishermen are struggling to survive, in turn preserving unique environments.

Community Based Tourism: the Wicked Way!
Komodo is a remarkable hotspot of biodiversity but local fisherman are challenged to survive in a National Park.

Wicked Good facilitates local projects in wildlife research and conservation, ecotourism guide training, English language instruction, traditional farming and home building techniques, beach clean-ups, and internship programs for future Wicked tour guides. We also sponsor a traditional house to assist the surrounding communities in keeping their traditions alive and actively work with the Flores Tourism High School.  Wicked Good is placing particular emphasis on womens’ empowerment and this year, we will be training 3 dive guides, one dive master, and one land-based guide, all of which are female.

In her article, Women are Needed to help Solve the Biggest Problem of all for the Ocean and for the World: Ignorance  renowned ocean explorer Sylvia Earle proclaims that “the ocean is the cornerstone of life, shaping climate and planetary chemistry and governing Earth’s life support system – and it’s in trouble”. Wicked Good is committed to empowering local stewards with knowledge, the most transformative tool available to us in helping to protect our oceans, a communal and essential  resource for all life on Earth. Participating in community based tourism is one way YOU can help.

Community Based Tourism: the Wicked Way!
Divemaster training is invaluable to young community members

To train as a dive guide not only provides locals with an understanding of scuba diving and the ocean, but can also lead to a sense of empowerment that has a ripple affect into other realms, both for the individual and the community. Wicked Good was featured in an article in Verve Magazine, titled Indonesia’s New Marine Ambassadors, featuring vocational training opportunities for local youth to become dive guides and marine conservation leaders in their communities. Successful graduation is followed by a one year contract with Wicked Diving. Most recently, Sary has become Komodo’s first local female dive guide, and defying social norms, she aspires to continue her education and become a local business owner.

Community Based Tourism: the Wicked Way!
Students of a Wicked Diving Divemaster Training Program

When you join a Komodo Liveaboard or other trip with Wicked Diving, you may choose to visit the Turtle Conservation Camp, Pante Hera, which was designed to help protect the critically endangered Leatherback and Hawksbill Sea Turtles. It is entirely operated through donations, volunteers, and visitors like you!

Community Based Tourism: the Wicked Way!
Baby Hawksbill Turtles making their way to sea for the first time at Wicked Good’s Turtle Conservation Camp

Being of service is one of the most fulfilling parts of being human. The Wicked way is to offer quality travel experiences that facilitate authentic connection, purpose and education. We live for the kind of travel that changes the course of one’s life and leaves an enduring, inspiring impression. With Wicked Diving, your dive adventure is so much more than just a holiday, so let your next dive become a legacy for community empowerment and marine conservation. Join us on a Komodo Liveaboard or other adventure in Komodo and help us protect this true gem of ocean exploration!

Community Based Tourism: the Wicked Way!
Children of Flores, the future