Darvel Bay Conservation Project

Sabah’s coastline have never been more vulnerable. Our ocean are drowning from the tidal wave of plastic pollution. For marine life, this means the fight to survive each day is relentless. And according to the 2017 United Nation Clean Seas Campaign, there are around 51 trillion of microplastic particles in the ocean today. Some of it floats on the surface while much of it litters the sea bed. This debris can injure and entangle animals and it is ingested by fish, birds and other marine life with dire consequences. Plastic marine debris also acts like a magnet or sponge for hydrophobic chemicals in the seawater, including persistent organic pollutants like PCBs, DDT, dioxins and furans. Therefore, when animals ingest plastics, they are also getting a dose of harmful chemicals, which has detrimental effect on the ocean food chain.


Please subscribe for following Darvel Bay Conservation Projects:


  • 4th April 2020
  • 2nd Mai 2020
  • 6th June 2020
  • 4th July 2020
  • 1st August 2020
  • 5th September 2020
  • 3th October 2020
  • 7th November 2020
  • 5th December 2020

In fact, in February 2019, a whale shark was found dead in waters of Tanjung Aru beach in Kota Kinabalu. Postmortem results indicated that the shark died of starvation and indigestion, as it had a huge plastic bag stuck in its stomach. The plastic bag measuring 46 cm length and 36 cm width, has caused a physical obstruction in its gastrointestinal tract. As you can see, plastics are often mistaken for jellyfish and other food sources by marine creatures,, and it has been found to be a very serious threat to the marine wildlife.

And it has been an estimation of 100,000 marine mammals and million of seabirds are killed each year, from the impact of plastic in the ocean. Strong evidence shows that plastic is being eaten in a significant quantities by all sea creatures; from corals to plankton to whales, this also create severe concerns regarding the potential contamination of seafood, which both the health of marine life and humans who are at risk.

How can we combat this problem? One way is to clean our beaches before plastic litter even gets a chance to make its way to the ocean. And it’s time to be a part of the solution to marine pollution and show the local public beaches some love.

Darvel Bay Clean Up Day is a monthly event held every first Saturday of the month by Bike and Tours and Darvel Bay Diving (with Dive Instructor Dominic Monteroso) to clean our beaches and ocean. Both Bike and Tours and Darvel Bay Diving are committed to promote and facilitate family friendly coastal and ocean clean up activities, and inspiring the community, businesses and industry to take action in supporting the protection and conservation of the local marine environment. The clean up campaign is aim to drive the community to change the littering habit through education and beach clean-ups & empowering people to realize that every trash counts.

And when you volunteer for Darvel Bay Clean Up Day you’re not only cleaning the beach, it is your day to give back to the ocean, beaches and creeks that makes Lahad Datu such a wonderful place to live. Lets get outside, enjoy the nature and remove marine debris from our Darvel Bay beaches and ocean. Join us now and make a stand for a cleaner oceans in Lahad Datu. It is made possible because of volunteers like you!

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate in the Darvel Bay Clean Up Day. You can volunteer to clean up either at the coast lines or the ocean bed. Please send us your full name, contact number and email address to Bike and Tours if you are interested. Local lunch will be provided for the registered participants only. Each of the site will have a captain on hand to provide necessary instructions and supplies. We encourage volunteers to bring their own gloves, buckets and other reusable cleanup supplies to lessen the plastic footprint of this event. And as for the volunteer divers, all diving gears available for RM50.- only