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Jakarta Post

Diving to save the reefs of Derawan

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, April 17 2011   /  08:00 am

At first, Arif Hadianto, 30, went scuba diving only to find new things to photograph.

Later, he and dozens of friends went underwater to help the WWF save the coral reefs off Derawan Island.

Arif said he had had no hobbies when he graduated Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta and took a public relations job with Berau Coal in East Kalimantan five years ago.

“In Yogyakarta I never missed a chance to watch new movies in the cinema. Now I have to live at mining sites that don’t have cinemas,” he said.

He soon found after-work activities. Armed with a camera he adventured around the 34,127 square kilometers of Berau, also called Bumi Batiwakkal by locals for its beautiful scenery and rich culture.

“I started taking pictures of the street stalls in Tepian and the lives of the children who have to climb the hills and cross the river to reach school...