Skip to main content
Kent Academic Repository

Dive Tourism and Local Communities: Active Participation or Subject to Impacts?Case Studies from Malaysia

Daldeniz, Bilge, Hampton, Mark P. (2013) Dive Tourism and Local Communities: Active Participation or Subject to Impacts?Case Studies from Malaysia. International Journal of Tourism Research, 15 (5). pp. 507-520. ISSN 1099-2340. (doi:10.1002/jtr.1897) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:35167)

PDF (Restricted due to copyright regulations) Publisher pdf
Language: English

Restricted to Repository staff only
[thumbnail of Restricted due to copyright regulations]
Official URL:


Dive tourism impacts were examined in three Malaysian islands: Perhentian(backpackers), Redang (package tourism) and Mabul (upmarket dive tourism). Qualitative local participation approaches were applied to investigate whether host communities were merely reactive to dive tourism’s impacts. Dive tourism affected many aspects of community life. Besides physical/environmental impacts (new infrastructure), research found varied economic impacts including employment/business opportunities and differing economic linkages. Participation varied between locations, and obstacles to increased participation were revealed. Mainly negative socio-cultural impacts were observed with minimal participation in cultural productions (handicrafts, performances). However, positive educational impacts emerged, especially environmental awareness and English language acquisition.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/jtr.1897
Uncontrolled keywords: dive tourism; local participation; host communities; economic impacts.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Depositing User: Catherine Norman
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 14:39 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:12 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

University of Kent Author Information

Daldeniz, Bilge.

Creator's ORCID:
CReDIT Contributor Roles:

Hampton, Mark P..

Creator's ORCID:
CReDIT Contributor Roles:
  • Depositors only (login required):

Total unique views for this document in KAR since July 2020. For more details click on the image.