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As an Ocean Traveler, you will have a massive impact on the kind of experiences and destinations you visit. Your choices will determine if that impact is good or ill, and can leave a lasting impression on the ocean environment and the local communities that depend on that environment. Sustainable travel choices can become a tool for marine conservation and can benefit local people.

Owners of the dive resorts, that we visit will also benefit from these articles, finding a template for turning their resort into an eco-resort, turning their operation into a sustainable business and profiting from today’s travelers who desire a sustainable travel experience.

Citizen Scientists and Voluntourism

The next time you plan a vacation consider making it more meaningful by becoming a Citizen Scientist. As a citizen scientist there is a voluntourism program for you whether its reef restoration, fish counts, whale sightings, water quality surveys, invasive species monitoring or turtle watches and so much more. Find out more on our Citizens and Science Page.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the places and moments that take our breath away.” Mark Twain
New Marine Protected Areas Proposed in Brazil

New Marine Protected Areas Proposed in Brazil

Brazil is about to make marine conservation history in the South Atlantic. With only 1.5% of its jurisdictional waters under protection, the Brazilian government has opened public comments on proposals to establish a mosaic of MPAs. Around the oceanic archipelagos of...

Plastic Pollution In Paradise!

Plastic Pollution In Paradise!

Years ago, I spent some time on the Island of Bali in Indonesia and thought that it was about as close to a paradise as one could find. I had traveled a lot so that assessment had some legs. What struck me about Bali was not only the sublime beauty of the island with...

Divers Discover World’s Largest Flooded Cave!

Divers Discover World’s Largest Flooded Cave!

I was doing research for an upcoming series of posts on Mexico’s Costa Maya and the environmental impact of the rampant coastal development that has taken place over the last several decades. What better place to do research than the village of Akumal (Place of the...

Diving the Titanic – But Hurry!

Diving the Titanic – But Hurry!

Are you dreaming of adding one more wreck to your list of diving adventures? Consider taking an opportunity to dive one of the most famous shipwrecks in history. In July, Blue Marble Private, a London-based travel company, starts offering trips to the fabled RMS...

Life Beyond Plastics: Make Your Next Vacation Sustainable!

Life Beyond Plastics: Make Your Next Vacation Sustainable!

The Blue Ocean Network has covered ocean plastic pollution from a variety of angles, but mostly from the “Big Picture” view. We want to use our experience in Orlando, Florida to help you make your next vacation sustainable. Today, let’s talk about how you as an...

Responsible Voluntourism

Responsible Voluntourism

As a tourist you can have tremendous impact on the places and people at your destination, especially if traveling to less developed locations. Your travel dollars can provide benefits to local communities in the form of employment, education and health care, but be...

People Need Connection to Nature and Each Other:

People Need Connection to Nature and Each Other:

Nature-Deficit Disorder exists even in some of the most Nature-Rich places on the planet In this two-part story Heather Kuhlken shares a wonderful conversation she had with Gabriel, a new friend she met in Micronesia, where they discussed "the need for connection to...

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