The BBC’s Blue Planet II wildlife documentary series, presented and narrated by Sir David Attenborough, has enthralled audiences exploring the planet's oceans.
Experts predict the popularity of Blue Planet will lead to an increased demand for 'sustainable' holidays. Turned off by ‘over-tourism’ in cities, up to one third will head to new destinations, with some 70% supporting tourism which a positive impact to help local people and economy. (ABTA/Daily Mail)
If you want to join the action and help #saveourseas, the following Earth Changers places are amongst the most sustainable tourism in the world to consider environmental and social impacts and their effect on on ocean conservation and positive transformation.
“Seeing is believing”: Ocean Conservation Expedition Sailing
Regular people join a front line team at sea on exceptional sailing expeditions to observe, document, learn and communicate about marine exploration, conservation & education.
On the expedition vessel, professional leaders work alongside visiting crew as one team, providing valuable manpower, skills and financial support for the mission.
Read more & enquire: Ocean Conservation
When: Various trips, year round
“One of the most spectacular coral gardens to be found anywhere in the world.”
The first privately established and managed Marine Protected Area in the world, and the only one fully-funded through ecotourism, Chumbe Island Coral Park is a small island off the coast of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa.
Snorkel the island’s stunning coral reef sanctuary and coral rag forest, relax in the exclusive eco-bungalows, savour traditional Zanzibari cuisine, all the while supporting conservation and education efforts.
Read more & enquire: Private Marine Protected Area
When: June-March inclusive (Closed April and May due to rainy season)
Galapagos: Out-of-this-World Wildlife and Marine Life
Away from the tourist crowds, experience island beauty and the Galapagos old way of life while supporting Floreana locals in the first community-based tourism initiative in the Galapagos Islands, on the island that really helped shape Darwin’s theory of evolution.
In this World Heritage Marine Reserve, Floreana’s extinct volcano lava base is in evidence around the coast, from volcanic cones providing some of the world’s best and unique diving experiences, to olivine crystal beaches and rocky shores, providing habitats to remarkable and highly adapted endemic and indigenous wildlife. Kayak, snorkel, dive and SUP and get close up to sea lions, marine iguana, manta rays, sharks and sea turtles - look out for dolphins and whales!
Read more & enquire: A World Apart
When: June - November is cool and dry; December - June warm and wet – the better time to visit for warmer, calmer seas and good underwater visibility.
Sustainable luxury on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
On the western Pacific coast of Costa Rica, at the southern-most tip of the Osa Peninsula, Central America's last remaining lowland dense tropical rainforest, this is one of the most nature-immersed ecolodge experiences in the world.
As well as being a wildlife corridor to Corcovado National Park on land, with hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, trees and plants, learn about the marine biology of the Golfo Dulce, one of only four tropical fjords in the world, where you can see land crabs, starfish and sea cucumbers. You may see any of the three species of dolphin (common, bottled-nosed or spotted), whales and turtles. Snorkel and go sea and mangrove kayaking.
Read more & enquire: Exploration and education immersed in nature
When: January to April is the dry season with reliable sunny weather with little or no rainfall.
May to November is the “green season” - the best time to experience a true rainforest.
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