Philippines dive-resort claims coral coup



Philippines dive-resort claims coral coup

Amun Ini
Picture: Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa

A dive-resort in Anda on the island of Bohol has claimed to have achieved the most successful coral-breeding programme in the Philippines. More than 40,000 corals have already been grown, according to the Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa, with a claimed propagation success rate of 89%.

Bigs Eggert, the German owner of the resort’s dive-centre, says she was prompted to develop the programme not by desolate house reefs but by the areas that contained nothing but sand and others of storm-damaged corals. The resort is set on a nine-mile stretch of reef.

“Recently we have joined Mission 2020, a global campaign to reduce CO2 emissions which is supported by the dive industry through own projects and pledges,” says Eggert. “We are aiming to grow at least 20,000 more corals by the end of 2020.

20 January 2019

“As soon as this goal is reached, we plan to turn the programme into a long-term and sustainable non-profit organisation, in order to be able to permanently finance divemaster and marine-biologist training for local people, in co-operation with companies.”

The propagated corals are Acropora horrida, intermadia and robusta, and the area has been declared a marine sanctuary and is guarded 24 hours a day.

Five marine biologists from Bohol Island State University have now received scuba-diving training from Amun Ini Dive so that they can participate in the programme continuously.

Local fishermen were said to have been sceptical about the sanctuary initially but to have been converted into “eager advocates of the concept” after Amun Ini Dive offered them diving training so that they could see the programme’s benefits for themselves.

Diving guests at Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa who wish to participate in the programme receive the corresponding dives for free.



Get a weekly roundup of all Divernet news and articles 🤿

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Related Divernet Posts

Diver Magazine Relaunch

Diver magazine needs YOU!

Are you still lamenting the demise of Diver magazine? Well now you can help resurrect an icon as we seek to bring back the magazine

manta ray and diver over reef in Komodo

Divers pitch into Komodo manta probe

Manta rays choose to stick around Indonesia’s Komodo National Park in unusually large numbers – and, according to a new diver-led study, this community could

female diver holding pair of Fourth Element Tech fins

Tech fins inspired by humpback whales

Whales provided the inspiration for optimising efficiency in Fourth Element’s latest fins, according to the Cornwall-based manufacturer. The “turbulence disruptors” on top of the blades

Last Breath portrait of Woody Harrelson

Woody dives into Last Breath remake

A new version of the British documentary-thriller that captured the imaginations of divers in 2019 is about to be previewed at the Cannes Film Festival.

Viagra tablet

Viagra and diving: Risk reduction

Awareness is everything in diving, and BOB COLE has advice for divers who, for whatever reason, take PDE5 inhibitors I recently met an old friend

Reefs of Raja Ampat

Reefs of Raja Ampat

Local Guide to Raja Ampat Reefs, #4 Neu Reef While Raja Ampat is home to an incredible number of dive sites, one area, in particular,

Follow Divernet on Social Media