3 ways to give back to nature in Bali during the pandemic

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Those that travel to the north-western reaches of Bali typically come here for the lush nature and solitude. This corner of Bali is blessed with white sand islands, a mangrove forest, a national park, robust wildlife and a powerful coral reef that has protected its coastline for thousands of years. You can see Javanese volcanoes on the other side of the shimmering swath of blue sea.

Not only is nature beautiful here, but the community is also inspiring! Seeing the devastation of nature in the south of the island, they have set up projects and experiences that preserve their natural heritage. All of these are super accessible to the conscious minded traveller. If you wish to support some of these magical projects and give back to this hub for sustainable tourism, keep reading!

Offset your carbon footprint with Metamorfosa

Metamorfosa, a reef restoration and reforestation project in the bay of Sumberkima has come up with a unique proposition. Through a monthly subscription on Patreon, you can offset your carbon footprint by planting trees on their hill or baby corals in the sea! You can pick from five tiers, starting at 10 euros per month. Each tier corresponds to a specific carbon footprint, from plastic usage to commuting for work to fast fashion. By becoming a monthly subscriber, you can ensure that the lifestyle you lead has minimal impact on the planet. For those who are locked out of their favourite holiday destinations, this is a great way to harvest some good karma and help this corner of Bali continue their inspiring work despite the pandemic.

Release a turtle with Reef Seen

The turtle hatchery at Reef Seen was started by Chris Brown several years ago, when he came to the village merely as an inquisitive diver. He began to tackle one problem after another, from building a turtle hatchery to training fishermen to be sea patrollers and divemasters. Today, the hatchery at his dive lodge, Reef Seen, works in unison with the villagers to protect the endemic and endangered turtle species. Villagers are paid to bring turtle eggs to the hatchery instead of eating them and fishermen are rewarded for freeing turtles that get trapped in their nets. You can free a baby turtle into the ocean when you are there, or simply make an online donation to their project!

Biorock Nursery

Due to ecological and economic hardships, the fishermen of Pemuteran used to use dynamite and cyanide in the water in the 90s. This destroyed the coral reefs as they are highly sensitive organisms. The Biorock nursery project brought the reef back from the brink! In just a few years, Biorock turns destroyed reef systems with no flora and fauna into thriving spaces full of life.  Biorock technology uses electricity to create a habitat around corals that allows the water to remain nutrient rich and alkaline. They have developed several dive sites with artistic coral structures underwater that are powered by this technology. You can volunteer with their amazing team and learn all about Biorock technology. You can donate, sponsor a structure or partner with them to take their enterprise to other reefs in need.

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This article was last updated on February 25, 2022.