We are an eco-friendly operator and attempt to minimize our impact whenever possible. The following is a guideline of how we manage and maintain the fleet. We actively contribute to a healthier ocean by participating in citizen science projects. Here are the eco-friendly practices Making Waves Sailing follows.
The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of the local people.”
• Specifically, ecotourism possesses the following characteristics:
• Conscientious, low-impact visitor behaviour
• Sensitivity towards, and appreciation of, local cultures and biodiversity
• Support for local conservation efforts
• Sustainable benefits to local communities
• Local participation in decision-making
• Educational components for both the traveller and local communities
We follow the Green Boating Guide from “Sailors for the Sea Organization” Read more here.
Sunscreen: Sunscreens containing Oxybenzone, Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX are banned. These ingredients cause great harm the critters in the ocean and you. Sunscreens labelled ‘reef safe’ are often not. Check the ingredients. Please bring only sunscreens containing Zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. You may have to purchase zinc oxide and titanium dioxide based sunscreens in a health food store or order on amazon.
Toiletries: We insist on using biodegradable, phosphate free soaps and shampoos. Phosphates contribute to algae growth on coral which effectively suffocates and kills it. For an examination of whether or not your products are eco-friendly refer to www.ewg.org
All these products can be found on Amazon.
We ask that you bring your own Water Bottle! There are no recycling facilities on any of the islands. Drinking water will be provided. We largely discourage purchasing drinks in plastic bottles.
Power: For our power demands, we have solar panels and most boats have a wind generator. There are times when the engine or generator will be used to boost a charge to the batteries. An engine on a sailboat is not only used for power and convenience, but also as a safety measure. Good general maintenance improves efficiencies. We look for incremental gains and savings. Don’t be surprised when the Captain frowns upon your hair dryer and electric toothbrush, or bans them entirely.
Offshore we must produce the power we consume. A boat is a constant exercise in resource management. On board and offshore, you become acutely aware of your consumption when you are restricted with power, fuel, water and food. Monitoring power demands is important because we would rather not use our engine to produce electricity. Our solar panels should be able to produce all the power we need.
Harmful Products: When cleaning the boat inside and out we opt for non-chemical solutions when possible. During refueling it is critical to capture spillage. There are many things that can be done and every little bit counts. One pint of fuel spilled will create a slick larger than a football field.
Food and Provisioning: It is a priority to source our provisions locally. This has a two fold benefit. We are contributing to the local economy while lowering carbon foot print and making sustainable choices. Fish is always from local fishermen. All fruits and vegetables are purchased from markets. Instead of store bought cookies and bread, we special order from the local bakery and request the goods be packaged in paper.
Viewing Wildlife: We are sticklers for this! Please do not touch, chase or approach wildlife. We are observing animals in their habitat and chasing them prevents them from feeding and natural behavior. You won’t get a better photo anyway. Animal instincts are flight or fight – you don’t want either! When you see an animal – stay still – the animal will often relax and go about its business. Please remember that coral is a live animal – not a rock. Do not stand on it as you will cause damage to that species and usually cut yourself. Even the slightest cut can become inflamed and hazardous to your well-being. We discourage collecting of any kind, or the purchasing of ‘souvenirs’ collected from the ocean.
Cultural Appreciation: Locals are friendly. If you wish to take photos, please ensure you ask first. It’s easy to strike up a conversation, but don’t assume that everyone enjoys being a tourist attraction.
Rules: Drugs are illegal. Any use of or suspected use of drugs will result in immediate notification of the Immigration Authorities and Police. No excuses, No apologies, No refunds.
Contributions: If you were inspired by the people or the environment that you traveled, consider about giving back and helping us to develop these communities and protect the environment. Join us in our efforts to advocate for the environment and sustainable development. Check out our expeditions to support scientific research.