011 - Emerald Cave in Thailand
Emerald Cave - the main attraction of Koh Mook - got its name from the unique colour of its waters produced by sunlight filtered through crystal clear sea water. Pure paradise isn’t it?
Not many visitors are aware though that the island, populated by Muslim fishermen, was hit hard by the 2004 tsunami. Eighty exhausted snorkelers were rescued from the Emerald Cave itself.
After the devastation 194 families living on public land gained long-term user rights, which helped, but poverty is still overwhelming after a decade. Mass tourism further exploits them so please bare this in mind when visiting these friendly people. Lend a friendly ear, give a helping hand and a smile!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
North Andaman Network was founded in Thailand following the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 with a focus on tsunami relief, conservation, community based tourism, education, and human rights.
Find out more about their work and donate here:
Mass tourism produces mass debris everywhere. As ocean currents flow, there are specially endangered corners in the world where debris coming from even other continents pile up in unsustainable amounts. If anything, this is truly a global issue. 'Dive Against Debris' is a fantastic project calling all divers to bring up any debris they encounter.
Check out their site:
If you're not a diver but wish to help their work, please donate here:
More info on sustainable tourism here: