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Jakarta Post

More professional local divers needed in Komodo Park

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

West Manggarai   /   Sat, March 2 2013   /  12:09 pm

More local scuba divers and diving instructors are needed in the Komodo National Park, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), following the surge in tourist numbers, especially diving enthusiasts, on the island over the past few years.

“As many as 80 percent of the thousands of tourists spending their vacation at the Komodo National Park are diving enthusiasts. In the past couple of years, the number of domestic tourists spending their vacation there on marine excursions has gradually increased,” said Nurdin Rais, head of the West Manggarai Komodo Flores Dive Guide Association (WMKFDGA).

He said 50 percent of the diving guides operating in the Komodo National Park were from outside the regency, or from overseas.

Local diving guides realize that one of the basic stumbling blocks is the lack of local diving instructors who can instruct fishermen, thus transfo...