Latest news and insights from various sources relating to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Royal Caribbean announces 1,400 sustainable shore excursion options

Ahead of its 2020 goal, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced it now offers  1,400 sustainable tours are now available for booking. Offered by certified sustainable tour operators, these special tours are available across Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s (RCL) family of brands — including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara — and are available around […]

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GSTC in Saudi Arabia: International Conference of the Semi-Arid Mountainous Environments in Asir Region

Along with speakers from more than 16 countries,  Dr. Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Board Member & Director for the Mediterranean Region, spoke at the 1st International Conference of the Semi-Arid Mountainous Environments in Asir Region The first International Conference of the Semi-Arid Mountainous Environments was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin […]

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NINGALOO – WA’S UNSPOILED UNDERWATER PARADISE

Accessible from Exmouth in the north of Western Australia and Coral Bay in the south, Ningaloo is the world’s largest fringing reef and an integral part of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast – an interconnected ocean and arid coast forming some of the most aesthetically striking landscapes and seascapes known to man.

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Over 300 kilometres long, the Ningaloo Reef is home to more than 200 species of coral and 500 species of tropical fish. And, from March to August every year, the world’s biggest fish – the elusive whale shark – congregates in its water, joined by more turtles, manta rays, humpback whales, dolphins, and dugongs than anywhere else on Earth.

So, for those that want to swim amongst the multitude of colourful fish, beautiful coral formations, graceful turtles and gentle giants, we’ve put together a list of some of our most passionate, professional and friendly certified operators along the Ningaloo Coast that would love the opportunity to take you on an unforgettable adventure.

For all your underwater activities, the following operators have got you covered:

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Photo Credit – Ningaloo Discovery, Live Ningaloo, Ningaloo Whaleshark N Dive, and Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours

Ningaloo Discovery offer marine based eco tours that take passengers on a reef-wide search for whale sharks, humpback whales and so much more! You’ll spend the day snorkelling coral gardens, swimming with marine animals and cruising crystal clear waters on either a luxurious 55ft power vessel or their luxurious and super stable 60ft sailing catamaran.

Wanting to showcase Ningaloo’s beautiful biodiversity and rich aquatic life, Live Ningaloo specialise in bespoke boat tours of the reef that’ll bring you up-close with a variety of ocean life – including majestic whale sharks and giant humpbacks. Never knowing what you’ll find from one day to the next, they carefully tailor your excursion to create an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll treasure forever.

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Ningaloo Whaleshark N Dive are a dynamic ecotourism company providing whale shark tours, humpback swims, whale watching, diving and snorkelling tours that’ll exceed your expectations, while minimising disturbance to marine life along the Ningaloo Reef and Exmouth Gulf.

Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours  specialise in eco-friendly, interactive whale shark snorkels between April and July. Additionally, passengers have the opportunity to snorkel around the Ningaloo Reef, and non-swimming observers can enjoy the vessel’s warm and friendly atmosphere, with ample space and shading to ensure a relaxing day on board.

If staying above the water is more your style, another one of our great operators is Sea Force Coral Bay, who specialise in deep sea and sport fishing charters off the coast of Coral Bay. They offer exclusive group charter packages that can be designed to suit any group′s needs – whether it’s fishing, snorkelling, sightseeing or just cruising the reef.

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And of course, you’ll need somewhere to rest up after a long day exploring the reef. So, nestle yourself where the desert meets the sea, and book outside the box with one of our certified operators.

Towards the south end of the reef you’ll find Gnaraloo Station and Quobba Station and Red Bluff. Famous for their stunning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, wildlife, fishing, waves and wind, you’re guaranteed fantastic views, spectacular sunsets, gorgeous stargazing, incredible surfing, and easy access to the reef from here!  You’ll also find a vast array of accommodation including camping, cabins, cottages, shacks, bungalows and homesteads available.

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Photo Credits: Gnaraloo Station, and Quobba Station and Red Bluff

Taking a slightly different perspective is Sal Salis – an exclusive beach safari camp, located in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park near Exmouth. In addition to their eco-luxe wilderness tents and reef tours, they also offer guided walks through the Mandu Mandu and Yardie Creek gorges, giving you the opportunity to explore both the seascape and landscape of the Ningaloo Coast.

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Photo Credit – Sal Salis

So, whether you’re planning to snorkel, dive or just sit back and enjoy the views, coral reef experiences don’t get much better than Ningaloo. And best of all, all the action happens mere footsteps off the beach!

For more information on our Ningaloo operators and what to do in the area, check out the links below or visit our Green Travel Guide and search for ‘Ningaloo’.

Check out these for more amazing (certified) Ningaloo experiences:

WOMEN WANT ADVENTURE ACHIEVE ECOTOURISM CERTIFICATION

Congratulations to Women Want Adventure for achieving Ecotourism Tourism certification for their Women’s Day and Multi-Day Hiking Trips and Women’s Day and Multi-Day Kayaking Trips!

Identifying the need for outdoor adventures specifically for women, Monique Farmer, CEO and Founder of Women Want Adventure began many conversations with others wanting the same experiences.  Monique saw the need to inspire, empower and connect women through outdoor adventure.

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Women Want Adventure focus on women who want to try something different and connect to a community to meet others who enjoy outdoor activities. Adventures are for women who believe in spending more time outdoors together.

Through their minimal impact camping and walking, the Women Want Adventure team ensure both the prosperity of the natural environment in which they operate and an authentic Australian experience for their guests. 

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Their certified tours take women to various destinations within Australia, including Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania. Women Want Adventure also run tours to international destinations such as New Zealand and Spain.

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Trips cater for a wide range of fitness and experience levels, from women who have never been hiking before to women who have extensive experience in the outdoors. It’s this diversity of women with different needs, desires and goals which makes Women Want Adventure appealing and rewarding. Women Want Adventure even have a Bubs Want Adventure community for mothers and their little ones to hike outside together and feel inspired by the outdoors, meaning it’s not just the women who benefit, but the next generation as well!

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Welcome to the Ecotourism Australia community, Women Want Adventure.

 

For more information about Women Want Adventure, check out their website or social media pages: 

 

[Photos from Women Want Adventure Facebook page]

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council and Planet Happiness Sign MOU

Planet Happiness and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) have signed a partnership agreement focused on strengthening sustainability standards in tourism and impact reporting in tourism destinations. They will work together to promote mutual understanding of each other’s work among their members and partners.  They will also engage on a range of topics related to […]

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Adventure Green Alaska is now a GSTC-Recognized Standard

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announced that the Adventure Green Alaska Standards for Accommodations and for Tour-Operators have achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status.  Adventure Green Alaska began in 2007 as a statewide effort to grow sustainable tourism in Alaska and promote model businesses practicing economic, environmental and social sustainability. It is Alaska’s only sustainable tourism certification program and was created entirely by volunteers. The program came under the Alaska Travel Industry Association in 2015, whose goal was to grow the program

COMPASS BUSINESS ADVISORY JOINS ECOTOURISM AUSTRALIA FAMILY

Flipping conventional ideas on their heads, Compass Business Advisory strongly believes that compliance doesn’t have to be a barrier for business. In fact, this company believes it can be a great business enabler when properly understood. That’s why Compass Business Advisory’s goal is to make a complex subject simple and easy to understand, helping businesses by offering timely and practical advice on how to use compliance as a guiding light towards success.

As big fans of the ecotourism industry, Compass Business Advisory also promotes becoming ECO certified as a great business development tool. Educating clients on the potential benefits of becoming ECO certified and offering services to help operators find the right certification program for their business, Compass Business Advisory assists operators with the application process from start to finish.

Compass Business Advisory’s experience lies in designing compliance solutions and management systems that are not only tangible for each client’s unique organisational culture but that will help the client achieve the lasting performance improvements required to stay compliant and meet certification requirements. For owner and self-made entrepreneur Kathleen Dale, that has always been the goal – to help small and medium sized businesses to achieve compliance with accountability, structure, and processes that provide them with wider experience and insight.

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“It is not the people that work the hardest that achieve success,” says Kathleen, “It is the people that work the smartest!”

Using her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (majoring in business) and years of experience working in heavily regulated industries (including roles in the financial, marine and engineering sectors), Kathleen utilised her expertise and drive to establish Compass Business Advisory – a team of honest, professional and inspired advisors to organisations in the private sector.

Thanks to Compass Business Advisory, there are now plenty of businesses across Australia able to maintain a compliant and sustainable business that protects the interests of not only its customers, staff, directors, and stakeholders – but also the environment.

We are happy to welcome Compass Business Advisory to our Ecotourism Australia family as a Business Member.

 

Interested in becoming an Ecotourism Australia Business Member? Find out more here.