As a part of our continued commitment to responsible tourism, we operate this trip in a way that aims to reduce impacts and to give as much back as possible to the local communities. The area we visit on this trip is rich with ancient and historical ruins which are dotted about the coast line. The Kekova region in particular, was declared a specially protected area in 1990 by the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Forest so all activities, such as scuba diving and swimming are prohibited in the area. By traveling over the sunken city in our Kayaks, we are able to enjoy the ruins with minimal impact.
We stop at small settlements along the route, such as Ucagiz and Simena, and usually eat lunch in some of the excellent local restaurants. These are owned and run locally and source as many of their goods locally.
We have had an excellent long-term relationship with the local operator and this helps to stabilise their income generation and so helps to create a more sustainable future. All the leaders are employed and trained locally by our operator in Kas. The leaders, already committed to Responsible Tourism, have received training and get additional refresher training on a regular basis. The leaders will advise the group on responsible tourism during the trip.
On the hotel nights we use all locally owned and run accommodation. This we believe contributes directly to the local community as local staff are employed and locally produced and sourced goods are bought for the accommodation. Towels are not washed every day unless clients request it and there are signs in all of the bathrooms indicating the hotel policy. The hotel in Kas also has a water cooler which clients can use to top up their water bottles. This is run with an ‘honesty’ system whereby clients are advised on the cost of the water and a money box is left next to he cooler. This encourages clients to use their own water bottles and not to contribute to the pollution caused by discarded empty plastic water bottles.
The maximum number we take is limited to 16 on this trip. This we believe reduces the impact on the community and environment.
UK Office: We have at our offices worked to reduce our carbon footprint through a reduction of energy use and energy conservation measures. We also actively reduce the waste produced by having active reduction and recycling policies in place. We run annual staff workshops on Responsible Tourism.
Carbon balancing: Global warming is a reality and to help you make a difference by reducing the carbon dioxide that is produced when you travel we offer a chance to carbon balance your flights. We encourage all our clients to do this and do so for all our staff travel. Go on do your bit!