Indonesia 2018-01-31T12:25:48+00:00


30 March – 8 April

In April 2018 we’re travelling to Indonesia to build relationships with oceanic and marine protection organisations to explore the impact of plastic waste in the Indonesian archipelago and what we can do about it. Joined by marine biologist and micro-plastics researcher Abby Barrows, we will uncover local stories, seek action and examine the environmental and human aspects of one of the key environmental issues of our time.

This will be an incredible journey of learning, exploring and building genuine friendships and connections with village communities and local grassroots organisations.

The trip will also explore how protecting marine environments and reducing plastic waste can catalyse collective action within communities and improve livelihoods. Whilst in Indonesia we will be joined by local members from our in-country partner organisations. The aim is to empower local communities to bring about positive, local action to combat plastic pollution from the bottom up. 

By joining this trip you will be taking part in a socio-environmental cross cultural exchange, empowering local communities and learning from the front line of one of our planets greatest environmental challenges. 

We would love to have you join us. 

The trip will include:

  • Visits to local organisations and committed groups working towards campaigning, protecting, and respecting our oceans
  • Seeing firsthand the impact of plastic waste on our marine landscapes, learning about the main causes and complexities in finding political and community solutions to this global challenge
  • Connecting with our partner organisations and locals, building friendships with village communities, fisherman and grassroots social enterprises
  • Plenty of time for snorkelling and swimming
  • Coral and mangrove planting activities
  • Visits to key waste management sites
  • Collecting water samples for ocean  micro-plastics researchers along the way
  • Exploring the gorgeous small islands around Lombok
  • And much more

Loose Itinerary: 

Commencing in Bali we will connect with key organisations innovating solutions to protect our oceans and reduce pollution. This will give us a background to the major issues of plastics pollution in Indonesia and how it can be tackled.

Nusa Penida
From there we will visit with the Coral Triangle Centre and travel by boat to the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area to participate in a coral gardening project, visit the mangrove forest and snorkel the reefs.

Gili Islands
We will stop briefly at the Gili Islands, to connect with the Gili Eco trust and learn from them of their mammoth task in combating the impact of tourism on the islands. Here we will have the opportunity to join them on a paddle-board ocean plastics clean up safari (optional).

In Lombok we will be visiting our friends and partners and learning from locals, fishermen and small grassroots organisations about their relationship to the ocean and how the impact of pollution  is affecting them.

Pulau Sulat
Pulau Sulat is a small island off Lombok where we have been asked by the locals to come and talk with them about eco tourism possibilities in their community. We would like to invite a few members of their community to join us on the rest of the trip, so they can see for themselves the impacts of tourism and pollution on the beautiful environment of Indonesia.

We will spend a couple of nights on the island living with the locals and exploring the coastline.


Abby Barrows

Abby is a marine biologist and micro plastics researcher who grew up on a small Maine island with the ocean as her playground. Her passion for travel and the outdoors brought her to the University of Tasmania, where she earned a degree in Zoology with a focus on Marine Biology.  After spending time mapping the canopy of old-growth temperate rainforests and trapping Tasmanian devils, she studied seahorse diversity, distribution and trade in Papua New Guinea and sea turtle populations in Central America.  Her fascination with wildlife and different cultures spurred travels from the South Pacific to the Himalayas, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, North Africa, Europe and South America.

Since 2012 she has directed microplastic research, initiating one of the first baseline data maps of microplastic pollution in global aquatic systems. Her plastic pollution research has taken her on expeditions to the Coral Triangle and Southern Oceans.

When she is not in the lab or conducting field investigations you can find her on her oyster farm in Maine.

Will be in a mix of modest but comfortable guest houses and home stays in twin share rooms with a participant of the same sex.

Single rooms can be arranged on request for an additional price.

To find out how you can sign up to the trip and for more information, please contact Sophie:
Phone: (03) 9389 0183.

Why Travel with CERES Global

Our trips are not tours but rather journeys of exploration and learning that we share together.

They are real, lived experiences, where the people who travel with us immerse themselves in the culture and places we visit in a meaningful and mutually respectful way.

Our facilitators are not tour guides but facilitators or enablers.

They work with the group as a whole to achieve insight and understanding of the communities we visit. The facilitator’s role is to engage discussion within the group and with community members we are visiting to allow the sharing of ideas on social and environmental issues.

The people and places we visit are not tourist destinations or third party providers but rather real friends who we approach as true partner organisations.

All of our partners do exceptional work in the areas of sustainability, the environment, community development, social equity and education. We celebrate each other’s work through mutually beneficial exchange and two way learning.

The trips are open to people of any age or background wanting to travel with meaning and purpose, willing to open their hearts and minds to another culture and way of life.

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Upcoming Trips

Next trip: 30th March – 8th April 2018

Cost: $2100 for 10 days.

$1990 for students and concession card holders

This includes all internal food, accommodation, transport, scheduled activities and engagements, facilitator support and expert tuition in marine plastics. It does not include flights to and from Indonesia, travellers insurance, alcohol and items of a personal nature.

For further details contact Sophie

(03) 9389 0183

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