The Serangan Shark Project, in close collaboration with the Kelompok Nelayan Serangan fishermen’s group, established Shark Island in 2011, creating Indonesia’s first environmentally-friendly tour concerning black-tip and white-tip reef sharks. The sharks are housed in a controlled and safe 10x10m nursery in the eastern waters of Serangan Island.
The nursery currently houses 10 black reef-tip pups and two larger white reef-tip sharks. The project aims to raise awareness and educate the public of such issues faced by endangered species, including matters of illegal fishing, and the importance of sharks as apex predators in the stability of the marine ecosystem. Shark Island offers tours suited to all ages and offers high-tech stainless steel cages for in-water viewing for those who want to get up close and personal with the sharks.
The marine facility on Serangan Island is located at Agus Bar & Restaurant. The new project provides economic benefits such as hiring within the community for maintaining and operating the project, and purchase of goods from local vendors. Shark Island is open seven days a week from 07:00 to 21:00, and a three-hour tour on offer includes: shark cage dives with mask and snorkel, a turtle hatchery tour, a marine garden aquarium tour, as well as meals and refreshments. Other eco-programs in the area include turtle nurseries, a marine garden, coral reefs, and others.