Moby Dick Tours

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How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

All our partners at our destinations are local companies. Whether it’s the boat operators, transports partners, restaurants, or local guides for museums or other sight-seeing activity. We believe its very important to partner with locals since it firstly helps the local economy and also is a much better experience for our guests to receive information and insights firsthand. It would make a bad impression if somebody from Australia would explain the history and culture of Timor Leste. • Especially when it comes to boat operators we actively implement our guidelines for swimming with whales and try to show the value of these. We encourage our partners to also use the regulations when doing tours with other people. • Many of our destinations like Timor Leste, Tonga & the Dominican Republic suffer from heavy plastic pollution. This harms not only nature & wildlife but also the people themselves who often fish in plastic infested waters. In the long-term we want to establish local projects and initiatives, also including the governments, to revolutionize the local waste disposal system. Obviously this includes many factors such as political and financial backing and raising awareness in the population. As developments in other countries show, recycling materials can create a whole range of jobs which not only local people benefit from, but eventually also the government.

Environmental responsibility

• Our business is run online. We can work wherever we are, mostly from home. We therefore do not require physical office space. Also, we do not send out physical documents, everything is digital. In summary we avoid a lot of emissions when it comes to commuting and resources in terms of paper, ink, etc.
• We provide information about our environmental impact upon arrival to our guests. We explain the situation about the use of water, our way of eating at restaurants using local resources and how we engage with the animals in the water.
• In our tours the flights are not included. However, we encourage our guests to offset the emissions of their flights. We provide several ideas how to do that.
• On top of our ways of working we also have partnerships with 2 organizations. On one hand we work with the “Whaleman Foundation”. The Whaleman Foundation acts on behalf of whales on a political level by working on conservation topics and sanctuaries. We support the foundation by donating a share of our income. Another project we support is “One Tree Planted”. We try to offset all our emissions by planting trees at the Westcoast of North America where the eradication of forests harms the local Chinook Salmon and therefore the resident Orca population. The Orca rely heavily on the salmon, but the declining salmon numbers have reduced the Orca population to just 70 animals. By renaturizing rivers and coastal areas, we hope to bring back the salmon and in turn ensure the welfare of these Orcas.

Obviously the welfare of the marine ecosystems and especially the whales and dolphins is our highest priority. We therefore follow local guidelines and even apply our own, stricter guidelines when it comes to swimming with whales. We also emphasized the passive way of swimming with whales when we chose our local operators to work with. We also emphasize this point on our website:
• Since the marine environment is suffering heavily from plastic pollution, we try to avoid single use plastics wherever we can. On our boats we bring drinking water in big tanks and use reusable cups to consume the water. Snacks we bring along are also packaged in reusable containers.

Social responsibility

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