Marine Kastom Fee
The water surrounding the Solomon Islands are vital to local communities. They provide food, transportation and form the backbone to the local way of life. The local community owns the water surrounding their land from the high tide mark out as far as the villagers can paddle. Chief's from each village collect Marine Kastom fees from all who use the waters as part of their ownership rights.
This fee applies to all guests on board Taka and is currently $25USD per night. The fee is tracked by our captain and our Trip Directors and is distributed among all of the villages where we dive, snorkel, moor or participate in village visits. Any excess funds are used to assist the villages in local improvements including marine conservation education programs and mooring buoy programs.
By paying the Marine Kastom Fee you provide the funds to manage the local waters and guarantee our lasting success in nature protection and conservation. Thank you.
The fee - It's a drop in the sea...
Solomon Islands has its own hyperbaric recompression chamber. It is manned by volunteers. The chamber does not levy a support fee on divers at this time.
Papua New Guinea also has its own hyperbaric recompression chamber. Located at Port Moresby Medical Services, the DAN-sponsored facility is owned by the Hyperbaric Partners Limited and is supported by the PNG Divers Association through a chamber levy fee of $5USD per diver per trip night. We collect this fee on behalf of the PNGDA.