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ECO-T OURISM


FOCUS ON: ECO-TOURISM CONSERVATION


up reverse-osmosis plant and no longer sells bottled water. Tobago


eco-resort, Castara Retreats,


FOCUS ON: VOLUNTEERISM is


doubling the number of its wooden ‘haiku’ lodges that have been built out of termite- resistant local cedar and constructed by Tobagonian craftsmen. Guests staying at the Half Moon in Jamaica,


are invited to donate $1 a night per room to implement a mooring buoy system at the Montego Bay Marine Park Trust to ensure a healthy eco-system. Over at Jakes Hotel, Treasure Beach, guests can visit local farms to see where their food is grown, help children with their reading in local schools and help construct new facilities at the sports park. Eco-luxury wellness resort, Rosalie Bay


in Dominica, invites its guests to patrol the beach and protect nesting turtles,


help


relocate nests and help baby turtles find their way to the sea. Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort has been awarded a PADI Green Star Award recognising its efforts with water conservation, efficient energy u s e , w a s t e management and friendly transportation practices.


HELP OUT


In Barbados, families and animal lovers can spend some time helping out at a dog shelter or stables, help


keep sea turtle nesting areas free from predators and, in season, help hatchlings make their treacherous journey to the sea. Luxury volunteerism packages that can include a stay at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, four days of helping animals, a snorkelling trip, Jeep safari and other activities are also available on the island.


FOCUS ON: VOLCANIC TOURS


HOT SPRINGS Both Montserrat and Saint Lucia are the places to peer inside a volcano. Day trips and helicopter tours are


offered from Antigua to the Soufriere Hills Volcano, while visitors can see Montserrat’s volcano, which erupted in 1995, and covered around two-thirds of the island in ash and mud. In Saint Lucia, you can drive right into the collapsed crater of La Soufriere, relax in hot sulphur springs and enjoy a warm volcanic mud bath afterwards. Volcanoes can also be seen in the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe.


“Rosalie Bay in Dominica invites guests to patrol the beach and protect nesting turtles, help relocate nests and help baby turtles find their way to the sea”


Above: A Jeep tour in Grenada (left) with Sulphur Springs in Saint Lucia (right)


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