The island nation of Indonesia straddles the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and lies at the heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’ - the epicentre of the world’s marine biodiversity. Nowhere on earth can visitors experience such a range of spectacular diving - from encounters with huge whale sharks and oceanic manta rays, to muck dives with beautiful Rhinopias and the exceedingly rare psychedelic frogfish.
AT THE HEART OF WHAT WE DO
An integral part of ZuBlu’s business model is a commitment to conservation and sustainable business practices. As well as working with resorts that strive towards such practices, we seek out and showcase conservation projects, organisations and individuals that are making a real difference in the areas where you dive.
Our Commitment to Conservation
The marine environment is at a tipping point, struggling against enormous challenges that threaten to destroy the environments and species that first attracted us all as divers to the underwater world.
As such, ZuBlu believes responsible and sustainable practices should be right at the heart of what we do as a travel agent and the travel industry as a whole. If we want our own children to experience the places, environments and cultures we have been lucky enough to explore - the same ones we share with our guests - then we have to ensure that every effort is made to protect and conserve these unique experiences and environments.
Throughout the dive travel industry, there are companies and resorts that are reducing their environmental impact and making their business practices more sustainable, and communities and NGOs striving to protect the reefs, turtles and sharks on which they depend. It is these resorts and communities, and the work they are doing, that we hope to share with you - those that are making a difference in the destinations we ourselves want to dive.
At ZuBlu, we aim to become the world’s first dive travel agency committed to bringing sustainable businesses and local conservation to the fore. We will showcase the resorts that are helping to protect the reefs and jungles that we love; the organisations that are rehabilitating injured turtles, or encouraging villages to stop using plastics; and we ourselves will directly support projects that are making a difference in the areas where we want to dive.
The ZuBlu Trust
To manage our contributions to conservation in an appropriate way, ZuBlu is currently setting up an independent trust, registered with the Charities Commission in the UK and run by a board of trustees. ZuBlu will donate a percentage of all earnings to this trust and brief the trustees to donate to projects or individuals that best fit the remit of the ZuBlu Trust.
The ZuBlu Trust will:
- Be funded by donations from ZuBlu and its clients
- Identify organisations, projects or individuals that are working to conserve the marine environment in the regions where ZuBlu works
- Establish the best means to support those identified
- Disperse the ZuBlu Trust funds to those organisations, projects or individuals selected by the trustees and chosen in an open vote by ZuBlu clients.
In addition, the ZuBlu Trust will provide educational bursaries that will allow individuals from the countries featured by ZuBlu to complete practical Marine Conservation courses or similar in their home country. It is our hope that the Foundation will be able to support ambitious young marine biologists and conservationists that would otherwise be unable to complete their studies and pursue a career in conservation.
To help our guests make a more informed choice about the different resorts at a destination, ZuBlu in conjunction with ClearOceans has designed a simple set of 'Environmental Criteria' which we use to assess the sustainable practices of a resort. Our aim is not to mark down a resort in any way, but to encourage resorts in making the transition to more sustainable practices. We use the following broad categories:
- Environment - Waste, Chemical Waste, Recycling, Energy, Water, Carbon
- Social - Staff, Training, Community
- Economic - Local businesses
- Marine - Conservation activities, mooring programmes, guidelines
- Experiences - Guest involvement, responsible tourism
We are proud to showcase a selection of conservation projects being conducted across Southeast Asia. Run by individuals and organisations, large and small, these projects protect habitats, reefs and marine life, encourage change to a more sustainable way of life, and help to ensure a future for our oceans and, in turn, our own species
FEATURED CONSERVATION PROJECTS
The Bali sunfish are famously seen in the waters off Bali, Indonesia, most notably around Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan. They appear, as if from nowhere, during the 'mola season' and have spawned an entire dive tourism industry that draws visitors around the world hoping for an encounter with these incredible animals.
Raja Ampat SEA Centre is a conservation initiative established by Papua Explorers Resort and dedicated to conserving Raja Ampat’s marine life through Science, Education & Awareness - SEA. Working with collaborating scientists and local community members, SEA Centre serves as a platform to conduct conservation work and valuable scientific research ...
Snorkeling amongst the feeding congregations of manta rays and whale sharks at Hanifaru Bay is one of the Maldive’s best known underwater experiences. There are few places in the world where visitors can get so close to so many rays, swimming alongside them as they barrel-rolling and ‘fly’ in formation through the dense plankton - a behaviour that ...