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The Caribbean certainly has lots to


protect. For example, did you know that  in the Cayman Islands than in the


Galapagos? Read up on how to go green


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snorkelling in the world; while on the neighbouring British Virgin Islands (BVIs) there are numerous national parks and mountain ranges, private islands and paths that take guests on winding routes throughout the lush vegetation. Guests can also take a Wildlife Tour of Necker Island where the animals and plant life includes giant turtles, Scarlet Ibis, and Flamingos which have been re-introduced to the island. On the Turks & Caicos Islands, the Princess Alexandra


National Park is a 6,500 acre protected area along Provo’s north coast and its National Trust protects areas like Little Water Cay, home to indigenous rock iguanas and egrets.


e all like the sound of ‘green travel’ but what exactly does eco-tourism mean and how does the Caribbean shape up? The


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