Ahe Dive Resort Forced to close
We are struck with disbelief about the news that reached us yesterday. How can a project with such a positive impact on both marine life and local economy come to a sudden end.
The reality is as sad as it gets. Ahe suffered from a forced take over by the government. At first the reason for the take over was not explained, but now it has become clear that the government needs the resort to provide MIGAS PERTAMINA, an Indonesian oil drilling com...pany with a base.
Oil, money, politics and the usual fair share of corruption win again over nature and long term interest of the local community.
For now Ahe has lost the battle, but refuses to lose the war. Staff and all involved are determined to continue their efforts. They took all dive related materials with them from the island and the search is on for a new location. Ahe II is a necessity not only to protect marine life, but also to provide the people with a sustainable livelihood.
All interested parties are advised to visit http://budpar.papua.go.id or contact Pariwisata Provinsi Papua at firstname.lastname@example.org
We received information from Papua that due to local quarrals the Ahe Dive Resort will have to temporarily stop it's activities. As soon as we receive more information, we will share this with you.
Just another day at the office
Nice travel report !
A bit of Ahe Dive Resort history.... After discovering the whale shark site, we wanted to make sure it was the Ikan Puri (ansjovis) they were after... ..they made their taste for fish quite clear during this hand feeding session. To avoid harassment we did this only once, but for all to share here is a picture of this remarkable moment.
Read more about our initiative to create a unique whale shark observatory