Grenadines Christmas sailing holiday
Description of Grenadines Christmas sailing holiday
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetSustainability starts at sea, so we have clear rules about dealing with waste:
• No metal. plastic or glass will ever be thrown overboard, no matter how far out to sea we are.
• Food waste will only be thrown overboard If we are more than 6nm offshore.
• The skipper and mate will brief the crew on when it is appropriate to use the on-board heads and when not. This will depend on how far from land we are, whether we are in tidal waters and on the sensitivity of the environment. In some locations. no human waste at all will be ejected from the boat: Instead it will be diverted Into a holding tank and removed at a suitable time.
• Local resources such as water and electricity can be in short supply, especially on remote islands and a large yacht arriving can put too much demand on these services and supplies. To counter this, where the skipper feels it is appropriate, he will inform the crew and ask them to maintain the 'at sea' approach: that is to say minimal usage and wastage.
• Except for our emergency supplies, we will not buy bottled water.
Coral reefs are living organisms that need extreme care and attention. Water pollution, touching or bumping into the corals can really have a negative impact on the coral reefs.
If you are planning to dive with the we ask you to
• Learn about the maximum limit of interaction with corals before the trip
• That you are aware of the impact on coral reefs
• Obey the guidelines of safe diving
• Dive with a respectful attitude to -friendly diving
• Learn how to control your buoyancy movement and breathing
• Take pride in lessening your impact
PeopleRespecting local cultures and sharing our own
On these voyages we form a very tight group which is a huge part of the experience. However, as a result it can be all too easy to make landfall and then forget that we are guests in someone else's country, with their own culture and customs. Once ashore, you'll find it can be quite the information exchange. The locals are often just as fascinated about you and your journey as you are about them. It's not often a yacht the size of ours arrives in town, especially with the giant birds on the side. The locals love to hear about the voyage you are on; where you've been to and where you're headed. You will find they are usually delighted that we have chosen to stop at their town and will want to tell you all about it.
Supporting local economies
Unlike many holidays, on these voyages you will be the ones heading out into the local towns and markets and buying all the food we need. Visiting a market in the Caribbean is a wonderful experience. Not only does this mean we are eating the local produce, but it also means many hundreds of pounds is put straight Into the local economy and not just via trinkets and souvenirs. We often also need to buy spares for the boat or employ a local tradesmen to help us carry out repairs. This again is a really powerful source of funds to local workmen and companies. As most or this expenditure goes directly to the locals rather than to large multi-nationals, it means that it stays in the community and directly benefits them.
The particular issue of coastal communities
Many coastal areas are experiencing particular pressure from a change in lifestyles and economic realities. They are very attractive places both for tourists and for holiday home owners, meaning that the local population are often squeezed out to accommodate the influx. Previously they may also have been very reliant on the fishing industry which now has real problems of its own. The combination of these factors has put many of our stop overs under huge economic and social pressure. Our use of marinas and berthing fees. our purchase of food and supplies and our use of the local tradesmen and companies all produce very real benefits along the way and we're delighted that that's the case.
There are so many opportunities to interact with the community on this trip, for example you could do an island tour on Bequia, spend the evening at Basil's Bar on Mustique, hire a local diving guide on Petit St. Vincent. Ultimately it's up to you and what the crew decide together.