The CORAL SEA FOUNDATION & DIVE MUNDA have come together to offer the first Sea Women of Melanesia program in the Solomon Islands. Taking the successful program from Papua New Guinea & applying it with Dive Munda will ensure that the pristine marine environment in the Solomon Islands will be taken care of in the future.
The diving in Munda (Western Province ) is special, with spectacular walls dropping off to over 600 meters. Grey, Blacktip & Whitetip Reef sharks routinely patrol, while eagle rays, barracuda, & other pelagics cruise past. For macro fans, smaller critters such as pygmy seahorses, squat lobsters & fiery dartfish are also in abundance. Munda’s reefs are in pristine condition, with lush hard & soft corals and gigantic sea fans. For this reason, there is an urgent need for more marine reserves & Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMA’s) within the Munda Island surrounds. The Coral Sea Foundation (CSF) & Dive Munda is committed to grassroots engagement with the local communities to meet this need.
THE SEA WOMEN OF MELANESIA (SWoM) PROGRAM provides indigenous women with training in conservation theory, scuba diving & marine biology survey techniques so they have the skills to communicate the need for marine reserves to their local communities & are able to identify areas suitable for marine protected areas for future conservation. Using the collaboration of previous programs, like the program with the Conflict Island Conservation Initiative in Papua New Guinea, the Dive Munda & CSF teams will adapt the program, to the Solomon Islands. This will ensure that the program will successfully train Solomon Island indigenous women, which will then lead to greater results in community engagement, & raise awareness of the role women can play in marine conservation. This has been proven in Papua New Guinea & will prove to be the case, here in the Solomon Islands as well.
Building on this success, a TWO-WEEK training program for Sea Women of Melanesia, will run at Dive Munda, The Solomon Islands.
Dive Munda has made significant progress already within local communities, & will offer several local women from the area places as well as some local dive staff. The OBJECTIVES are to deliver these women a training program that covers fish & coral identification, marine survey techniques, LMMA theory, & guidelines for community engagement. Coral sea foundation CEO DR ANDY LEWIS will lead the marine science education program, with support from Dive Munda staff & the senior SWoM dive instructor & biologist NAOMI LONGA.
Stay in Agnes Gateway Hotel, where Dive Munda is located, close to reefs, town & the training facilities.
Not only will you experience absolutely amazing diving, but you will also be
SUPPORTING MARINE CONSERVATION & the EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN IN THE SOLOMON ISLANDS.