World Oceans Day on the 8th of June celebrates our oceans, along with its diverse eco-system, while raising awareness about the need to protect them and their inhabitants. Around 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans, which are responsible for most of the oxygen we breathe, providing us with food, regulating our climate and much more.
Lots of individuals and companies take part in ocean-cleaning and conservation projects on this day - but some of our top eco-friendly hotels strive to do this throughout the year. We’ve listed the best ones below so that you can enjoy the best of luxury travel while making a difference and helping to save the life force of this planet.
1. Adopt a coral, Anantara Kihavah, The Maldives
The Coral Adoption Programme at the Anantara Kihavah, Maldives helps to protect the fragile coral reefs that guard the island’s lagoon and provide a habitat for a variety of fish and crustaceans. Plant a coral in the nursery reef and help this vital underwater eco-system to thrive. You’ll be sent regular photo updates to follow and can return to see how much it’s grown.
2. Sea turtle conservation, Four Seasons Nevis
For more than 10 years, the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis has been working with the Sea Turtle Conservancy and the Nevis Turtle Group to protect endangered sea turtles that nest on St. Kitts and Nevis beaches. You can help to identify these creatures to monitor their migration pattern and mark sea turtle nests to keep them safe.
3. Manta Ray Conservation, Landaa Giraavaru, The Maldives
Become a marine biologist for a day and accompany the professionals from The Manta Trust on board their research vessel as they head out on daily expeditions during the manta ray mating season at Landaa Giraavaru.You’ll swim alongside these gentle giants, learning to take photos to identify them, helping to record environmental information and improving your freediving technique while you’re at it!
4. Sustainable fishing, Fogo Island Inn, Canada
The cod is a legendary animal in Newfoundland as much as ‘the wildebeest symbolises the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania, the polar bear the Arctic, finches the Galapagos Islands, the panda China…’, as scientist George Rose describes. Their numbers have been fluctuating over the years so fishermen are using sustainable methods to protect them and other marine life. Try your hand at cod pot fishing at Fogo Island Inn,using baited pots that the fish swim into, which prevent damage to the ocean floor.
5. Controlling Water Usage, Sal Salis, Australia
Located in the Cape Range National Park by Ningaloo Reef, Sal Salis is a beachside safari camp where you can snorkel and dive among the exotic fish and marine life of the Indian Ocean. The eco-friendly camp controls water usage and takes great care to ensure that no waste enters the ecosystem on the doorstep.That is why a great abundance of sea life can thrive there, from a kaleidoscope of fish, dolphins, turtles and coral – and it is also a great place to swim with whale sharks and see humpback whales and manta rays.
6. Reducing plastic waste, Six Senses Fiji
One of the biggest threats to our oceans is the volume of plastic waste which pollutes them and threatens its inhabitants. Each year, eight million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans, with an area twice the size of France in the Pacific Ocean that is covered by plastic. In a bid to save the ocean from plastic waste, the Six Senses Fiji
resort is eliminating plastic water bottles by using a system that enables them to produce clean drinking water from the rain.
7. Turtle walk, White Pearl Resort, Mozambique
Right on the doorstep of the White Pearl Resort in Ponta Mamoli is one of the biggest turtle nesting sites in southern Mozambique. Between November and February, loggerhead and leatherback turtles lay their eggs in the sand. Working with the Southern Mozambique Turtle Nesting Monitoring, Tagging and Conservation Programme, the resort offers turtle walks after sunset to monitor, tag and protect these creatures and donate $5 to research and conservation for every walk booked.
If you like the sound of travel with a conscience and would like to make a positive change to the environment while discovering new places, our experts can recommend a host of eco-friendly hotels to stay at. Call us on 020 7337 9010 or make an enquiry.