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Sustainable Tourism General Information

Dolphin Quest plays an active role in supporting sustainable tourism in Hawaii and Bermuda.

Sustainable tourism definition

  • Tourism that meets the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunity for the future.
  • It refers to a level of tourism activity that can be maintained over the long term because it results in a net benefit for the social, economic, natural, and cultural environments of the area in which it takes place.
  • Sustainable tourism provides crucial economic incentives for habitat protection.
  • Revenue from visitor spending are often channeled back into nature conservation or capacity building programs for local communities to manage protected areas.
  • Furthermore, tourism can be a key vehicle in raising awareness and fostering positive behavior change for biodiversity conservation among the millions of people travelling the globe every year.

How Dolphin Quest supports sustainable tourism

  • Dolphin Quest Crew Members model many sustainable practices and encourage these choices with guests and other members of our island communities.
  • Dolphin Quest attracts tourists to Hawaii and Bermuda from all over the world.
  • Dolphin Quest Crew Members include locals that live in Hawaii and Bermuda.
  • Dolphin Quest donates a portion of revenue collected to support scientific studies on a wide variety of marine themed topics.
  • Dolphin Quest engages local school children in Hawaii and Bermuda to teach them about dolphins, marine animals, and conservation.
  • Dolphin Quest encourages and teaches conservation activities for tourists to conduct while visiting Hawaii and Bermuda.
  • Dolphin Quest Crew Members take part in beach clean-ups and Adopt-a-Highway efforts to properly dispose trash that could find its way into the ocean and harm marine life.

What YOU can do to support sustainable tourism

  • Join Travelers Against Plastic (TAP) and take the pledge. This is an outreach initiative which aims to education global travelers about the harmful impacts of plastic water bottle usage and encourage travelers to be prepared to clean their own drinking water.
  • Visit Travelers Against Plastic


    • Offset the carbon emissions that result from your travel by clicking here. With the help of Sustainable Travel International, you can make your entire trip climate friendly by paying for a comparable amount that will support:
      • International conservation carbon reforestation projects
      • Renewable energy projects in the United States, or
      • International renewable energy and energy efficiency project
  • Visit Sustainable Travel International

 

  • Refuse plastic straws and take the pledge. Plastic straws are an extreme waste being generated for minimal convenience and become a large source of plastic pollution. Join the Last Plastic Straw initiative to push for a change in restaurant protocol and practices in communities around the world.
  • Use ocean safe sunscreen. You want to make sure your sunscreen is not damaging our ocean and coral reefs. Check the list of ingredients on your sunscreen and only use products that do not include oxybenzones.
  • Save electricity. Since the ocean is continuously affected by our changes in climate which is influenced by our use of energy resources, saving electricity helps. Turn off the TV and lights when you leave your hotel room, and adjust the A/C to higher temperatures when not there.
  • Save water. Since the ocean is continuously affected by our changes in climate which is influenced by our use of water, saving water helps. Turn off the water when you lather up in the shower, and also while you are brushing your teeth.
  • Visit The Last Plastic Straw