By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah-based dive operator, Scuba Junkie, has been honoured with the prestigious ‘Dive Operator of the Year’ award by BlueGreen 360 at the recent Asian Dive Expo (ADEX).
The Award was given to Scuba Junkie on the basis of their conservation and environmental programmes carried out at all their locations, which promote marine conservation through community involvement and engagement.
“We are honoured to have been recognized for this Award” said Richard Owen, Director for Scuba Junkie in a statement made available to BorneoToday.
“It is our belief that dive operators – who make their living from the beauty of the underwater world – have a responsibility towards conserving the marine environment for the next generation.
“The success of Scuba Junkie as a thriving business shows that having a strong conservation ethos and investing money in conservation programmes does not detract from a successful business plan.”
David McCann, one of the Environmental Officers for Scuba Junkie S.E.A.S. – the conservation arm of the company said to be recognized by the Coral Triangle Initiative and GreenFins, as well as the ADEX organisers is a great morale boost.
“It is nice to be commended for our conservation ethos and we hope we can inspire others to follow suit,” he pointed out.
“We would like to thank all our guests over the years who have supported us – as well as the community conservation groups who bring so much more to our operations by partnering with us in our projects.”
Rohan Perkins, Director for Scuba Junkie, Komodo, said the highlight of its recent Shark Week was the local school outreach days organized by Green Semporna.
“Listening to over 100 school children tell you why sharks are ‘awesome’ and important for the marine ecosystem is noisy, but inspiring,” added Perkins.
Founded and based in Sabah, Scuba Junkie has offices in Kota Kinabalu and Semporna, as well as a resort on Pulau Mabul, and has also opened resorts in Indonesia – Komodo, and more recently in Sangalaki.
The company is also well known for its environmentally friendly resort design, responsible dive operation procedures and no-seafood policy.
The BlueGreen360 Awards celebrate businesses and individuals in the marine tourism industry – pioneers that are leading the way, dedicated to inspiring and championing sustainable solutions in their day-to-day operations and sharing their invaluable knowledge and resources with the wider community.