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 more sustainable dive travel, we seek out and showcase conservation projects, organisations and individuals that are making a real difference in the areas where our guests 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 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.
Green Fins & ZuBlu
ZuBlu is a proud partner of The Reef-World Foundation and promotes and supports the Green Fins initiatve, the only recognised set of environmental standards designed to help businesses and national authorities achieve a more sustainable dive travel industry.
Green Fins encourages dive centres and snorkel operators, local communities and governments to work together to reduce their environmental impacts. By adopting a Code of Conduct, those business best able to act can minimise negative impacts on the marine environment created by tourism.
The Code of Conduct consists of 15 points, which target environmental threats posed by the tourism industry, both under water and on land. Green Fins members receive training and the tools to promote environmental education and awareness and tapping into both tourists and the dive travel business community.
ZuBlu directly supports the work of Green Fins by donating a portion of its income made from bookings to Green Fins member resorts and dive centres. ZuBlu also encourages its guests to make a similar donation at the time of booking.
Sustainable dive tourism is at the heard of ZuBlu’s business, and by supporting and promoting Green Fins, we believe we can create a positive change in the destinations we feature on our site, and help preserve the marine environment for future generations of divers.
To help our guests make a more informed choice who they would like to dive with, ZuBlu in conjunction with ClearOceans has designed a simple set of 'Environmental Criteria' which we use to assess the sustainable practices employed by a business. 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.
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 ...