Sea the Change Bali

On the east coast of Bali in Indonesia, Padangbai is a small port town where tourism-related activities are on the rise. The main attraction for visiting tourists is the beautiful coral reef. However, unsustainable tourism practices and climate change are destroying the reef and the natural carbon sinks that coral offers. But some marine life are good at storing carbon like the algae that live inside of coral and seagrass.

By growing and protecting the coral and seagrass we can help to mitigate the effects of climate change by sequestering carbon and using them as tools to raise awareness amongst local community and the tourism sector.

In partnership with Livingseas, we’re working to restore coral and plant seagrass to protect biodiversity and promote eco-tourism in Bali. 

On the coast off Padangbai, the beautiful coral reef is a mesmerising underwater world which attracts divers and snorkellers from far and wide. Like all reefs, it’s one of the most biodiverse and productive ecosystems on the planet. Operating sustainably is vital to protect the natural environment which many tourism-related industries rely on.  

However, as water temperatures increase due to climate change, the reef in Padangbai faces challenges. The algae which live in the coral, giving it its incredible colour and providing it with food, are masters at storing environmentally unfriendly carbon dioxide. But changing sea conditions means they’re abandoning their home - and if they don’t return quickly, the coral is left without its main food source. This results in coral bleaching – where it loses its colour and dies. 

Like coral, seagrass is also integral part of the marine ecosystem, serving as a food source and habitat for marine life. It also takes in carbon dioxide and can store up to 35 times more than tropical rainforests. So, protecting coral and seagrass is vital to help tackle climate change and maintain marine biodiversity.

Sea the Change Bali focuses on protecting and restoring ocean, coastal and marine ecosystems. This will help to increase carbon intake by preserving and cultivating coral and seagrass in the local environment. It will also work to restore seagrass in the bay, which has been gradually degrading over the years due, but is still home to young fish and other species.  

In partnership with scuba diving company Livingseas Asia, the TUI Care Foundation is helping to restore coral and seagrass in the bay. Livingseas aims to deploy 8650 reef fragments over the next two years and plant 1000 m2 of seaweed. Tiny coral fragments are attached to steel framed ‘reef stars’ which allow new coral to grow and restore the reef. This helps to increase carbon dioxide intake and mitigate the effects of climate change by absorbing carbon at a rate of 1kg per 1kg of coral grown.  

12 members of the local community are also being trained in scuba diving and conservation to help with the restoring and conserving the coral reef and seagrass in the bay. By engaging hotel staff and local young people, the project will create sustainability champions who can implement what they have learnt within hotels and across the community. There will also be an emphasis on empowering local women, by aiming for 75% female participation in the ambassadorship programme.    

As part of the awareness conservation programme, partnerships with hotels will help to engage the community and tourists to put eco-tourism firmly on the agenda in Padangbai.


Living seas Asia is a scuba diving company with a mission to build coral reef habitats for marine life. They work to engage and spread awareness amongst the local community about sustainable waste management practices and reef rehabilitation.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, they specialised in scuba diving education, trips and retail. Due to the loss of tourism, they dedicated more time to their passion for corals and scaled up their existing coral planting project, established in 2018. They’re working towards their goal of deploying 7000 Reef Starts over the next two years and have already trained six local women in their Fellowship program.


Cookies on

We use cookies to provide you with an optimized website experience. They include cookies for the operation and optimization of the website as well as cookies for analyses, retargeting and to provide personalised content on websites by third party providers. By clicking on Accept you are agreeing to the use of non-essential cookies. If you don't want that, you can Decline the use of cookies or change your Settings at any time. For more information, including the processing of data by third party providers, see our Cookie Notice.

Managing your cookie settings

Choose which cookies are permitted by using the “Status”-Switch. Save your settings with the button “I Agree”.

You can find more information under Cookie Notice at any time.

Cookies Description Status
Required cookies These cookies are required to enable you to navigate through the websites and use key functions. These can not be disabled. Cookie Notice
Website analytics cookies These cookies help us to understand how visitors engage with our website. The information is collected anonymously and transfered to our analytics partner. Cookie Notice