By partnering with local kayak guides and guesthouse owners, Kayak4Conservation supports the indigenous communities through sustainable eco-tourism. Not only is it a blessing to be able to enjoy the exquisite natural world above and below the waterline by sea kayak, but it is also important to give back to the people.
Starting out with 3 plastic kayaks, Kayak4Conservation was co-founded in 2012 by Max Ammer and Tertius Kammeyer.The fleet has grown to 11 single and 4 double kayaks, hand-lain in fiberglass, in molds graciously donated by Kaskazi Kayaks in South Africa.
In conjunction with the Raja Ampat Research and Conservation Centre, Kayak4Conservation is a community development program, with the mission to support the local communities in the surrounding villages adjacent to Kri island. By employing local men as guides and working with eight locally-owned guesthouses, income is generated for these families in sustainable, eco-friendly ways as opposed to fishing, shark finning, bird poaching, or logging.
We serve as a development institution for local people of the Raja Ampat archipelago. Our goal is to fulfill their overall need for capital, through setting up ventures where they get to generate an income independently.
For us – as stewards of this stunning creation – ‘eco-friendly’ is not only taking care of nature but also supporting people in Papua.