As a NPO we want to to make sailing expeditions sustainable for the long term – we know that tourism can have both an exceptionally positive and potentially negative impact on local communities. We are therefore committed to operating according to our responsible travel guidelines and we hope that with your help we can make a difference.
Respect the environment
Causing the minimum impact we can. When on tour, we aim to preserve and protect delicate ecosystems, wildlife and natural habitats by following strict rules that minimise the effects of our presence in an area. We also reduce waste and pollution and recycle, repair and reuse what we can.
Support the local economy
We ensure that local economies benefit from our business by using locally-owned accommodation, employing local people, working with local operators and suppliers, sourcing food from locally-owned stores and eating and drinking in local bars and restaurants. In doing so, we are not only investing in local communities but also offering our travellers a genuine insight into a country and its people.
Promote animal welfare
Many of our tours include opportunities to view local wildlife in national parks or at dedicated conservation centres. Whilst these excursions can benefit both the animals and the local people who depend on them for a living, they need to adhere to strict animal welfare standards to ensure that the animals aren’t exploited.
We encourage people to act as visitor not tourists, looking for integration in local communities.
On our tours we encourage participants to promote ecotourism principles, considering 3 key areas
- NON-CONSUMPTIVE / NON-EXTRACTIVE
- creates an ecological CONSCIENCE
- holds eco-centric values and ETHICS in relation to nature
Principles of Ecotourism
Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement, participate in and market ecotourism activities should adopt the following ecotourism principles:
- Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
- Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
- Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
- Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
- Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
- Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climates.
- Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities.
- Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment.