Whale shark safari in St Helena

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This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Whale shark safari in St Helena

Environment

We know our wildlife; in fact it is buried within the roots of our company and will always be so. It is essential that we preserve the natural habitat and home of these creatures, great and small. We contribute a percentage of each safari sold to wildlife conservation and always keep our eyes peeled for new projects to get involved with. We are in alliance with The World Cetacean Alliance which is an international organisation formed of 70 partners across 36 countries which aims to conserve and protect cetaceans and their habitats. It promotes responsible whale and dolphin watching as an opportunity to learn, inspire and educate on trips that are of as low impact as possible. Ocean plastics is an increasing concern and issue around the world, therefore we advise customers to purchase a reusable water canister for their safari, say no to plastic drinking straws that are swallowed by marine wildlife and take-home empty toiletries with them so they can be recycled properly if there is insufficient facilities at your destination.

Experienced local guides are hired on the island to be able to lead the group as they have been briefed in the interaction with whale sharks and they always follow the code of conduct which requires snorkellers to remain 3m away from the sharks and 4m away from the tail to protect both the sharks and the snorkellers. St Helena guidelines state that a maximum of 8 snorkellers at any time are permitted in the water at once. Therefore, our group sizes are only 8 travellers to ensure marine life and safety is not comprised but this also allows all travellers to enter the water at once and not miss out on this spectacular experience. Deliberately touching the sharks are strictly prohibited, no flash photography is allowed along with a 45-minute interaction time restriction with each shark is also implemented. Whilst snorkelling you have the opportunity to look out for other marine wildlife that can be found in the rocky coral reefs around the island, such as Green and Hawksbill turtles, devil rays, dolphins and the local birdlife.

We aim to minimise our impact on the environment as much as in the UK as we would do any of our destination countries. We do this through recycling of any office waste including paper, plastic, cans, glass, refuse, in partnership with the Brighton and Hove Borough. The purpose of our safaris is to contribute to local populations, communities and projects. We give our travellers advise on how to interact with the local population, flora and fauna in order to minimise any negative impact.

Community

This bespoke whale safari contributes significantly to the local community. Guests are staying in the Mantis St Helena hotel which is a restored historic building originally served as an officer’s barracks, transport and the purchase of provisions is sourced locally so money is fed directly into the local community. Throughout the safari the group is taken to local restaurants for lunch such as Rosie’s Bar & restaurant, picnic lunches from local bakeries for days on the boat and exploring the island and dinner can be taken at a variety of restaurants in capital of Jamestown. The purpose of our safaris is to contribute to local populations, communities and projects. We give our travellers advise on how to interact with the local population, flora and fauna in order to minimise any negative impact. We encourage the use of local guides in every destination and with every local agent. Even on our specialist led safaris we try to ensure that a local guide is also used. We do not believe in taking jobs from local populations in order to provide for western needs. We make sure tourists have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicrafts, assisting further to contribute to their community, and always give support to local communities, and conservation agencies. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the "thing to do"; you should pay for what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures.

The purpose of our safaris is to contribute to local populations, communities and projects. We give our travellers advise on how to interact with the local population, flora and fauns in order to minimise any negative impact. We encourage the use of local guides in every destination and with every local agent. Even on our specialist led safaris we try to ensure that a local guide is also used. We do not believe in taking jobs from local populations in order to provide for western needs.

We make sure tourists have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicrafts, assisting further to contribute to their community, and always give support to local communities, and conservation agencies. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the "thing to do"; you should pay for what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures.

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