Welcome to Repi
The tiny village of Repi is typical. Impoverished locals have for aeons harvested turtle eggs and engaged in destructive practices such as dynamite fishing to survive. Now an innovative program run by Wicked Diving in Labuanbajo is helping to change that. At a beachside bamboo-and-brick outpost called Pante Hera, locals are getting paid for the eggs they find as well as learning how revenue from visitors – who want healthy reefs – can be used to build a reliable water supply and make other improvements. It's an innovative and privately funded effort that's making the beautiful 3km-long beach a haven for leatherback, hawksbill and green turtles.