Rurutu humpback whale swimming holiday in the Pacific

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22 Sep 2021
AU $4500
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Responsible tourism

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Environment
Rurutu in the Austral Islands of French Polynesia has an abundance of large marine life, including migrating humpback whales, pilot whales, false killer whales, turtles, swordfish, marlin and dolphins. The Austral Islands teem with a remarkable diversity of life, including many species found nowhere else in the world, this is due to varied characteristics and the Austral climate which sits between a tropical zone and a temperate one. The limestone island of Rurutu has a surrounding reef and just outside this reef is a deep drop off with the most crystal clear and clean water you will find anywhere in the world.

We encourage our guests to respect the wildlife and we like to also lead by example. Some of these examples include..
-We follow responsible guidelines for whale watching that have been developed with the encouragement of local communities and local commercial operators
-We not do chase or harass the whales and we minimize disturbance
-Maximum experience with minimum impact
-Encourage guests to use established paths and respect all wildlife
-Ensure we don't disturb the balance of marine environment by disposing of rubbish correctly
-We donate a portion of each tour to a non for profit research organisation called The Coral Gardeners. They are a coral reef restoration & conservation program located in Tahiti French Polynesia. Through conferences, interactions with the public and schools, Coral Gardeners educate adults and children about coral reefs, why they are important, and the threats they face.They believe the children are the future and so they raise awareness not only with adults, but the youth.

We like to reduce waste to keep the beautiful pristine environment of Rurutu free of pollution in the ocean and on land. Here are some examples...
-Minimize pollution by keeping the smallest footprint possible
-Take all rubbish and use existing toilets
-We urge our guests to keep the ocean free of plastic and waste
-Avoid using plastic bottles and we provide every guests with a water flask
-We don't use plastic straws or cutlery and supply each guest with a travel sustainable cutlery pack
-Throughout the tour, guests will learn and be educated on respect and conservation of both the marine life and wildlife and environment on Rurutu
-We work electronically and encourage the guests not to print . Instead we ask them to download itineraries and trip bulletins to their devices.

We debrief our guests on the importance of water saving while on tour. When in hotels we encourage them to reuse towels where possible and only do clothes washing whenever you really need to. Guests are also encouraged to conserve energy by turning off lights when not in the rooms. We always recommend that our guests fly carbon neutral and are aware of trying to keep transport to a minimum when designing our tours. We do this by doing all our activities in Rurutu and also transferring people in one whole group wherever possible. We like to ensure that suppliers we use are environmentally aware and do their part to protect the environment. We send them our mission statement to show them our values and encourage them to make a positive difference.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We have done a lot of research on beautiful Rurutu and have visited many local places, so we like to make sure our guests really get to know the place and support local as much as they can and spread tourism to those in need. Some examples of how we do this are
-All Meals while on Tour with us on the island of Rurutu are sourced organically and locally where possible
-All food is also fresh, grown or caught on the island whenever possible.
-Our trip bulletin includes examples of places guests can visit pre and post tour to support local

Rurutu is an island that always strives to keep these pristine and to protect the ocean and its inhabitants. They have an enormous respect for the whales and have many legends of whales and sharks helping lost travellers to navigate back home. These Lores are testament to a vision of how the ocean is tied to families, peoples, and the Pacific region as a whole. They rely on the ocean and the island to provide them with all of their food sources as they the island is so remote and so in 2014 the creation of a large marine protected area (MPA) surrounding the Australs was requested. The government listened and announced in November 2014 at the World Parks Congress stated that a large MPA was to be established in the Austral Islands .

As we contract other businesses for each portion of our tour, we do not personally hire staff except for our own guides and admin. We do however use companies that treat their staff very fairly and employ local staff. We voice our opinion if we feel that anyone has been treated unfairly.

We absolutely support the local arts and culture by.
-We encourage guests to visit local museums
-We encourage guests to buy local produce and locally handmade souvenirs such as the local arts and crafts
-To lead by example, we ourselves also purchase local arts and crafts

It is so important for us to respect all locals and all cultures whilst travelling. We also encourage our guests to do the same. Its only polite to respect the people and countries you visit.

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