THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS come from all over the world to blow bubbles in Raja Ampat. But there are people who have lived here since long before all this, people who have made their lives from Raja’s rich waters and continue to do so. These people have seen huge changes, some of which may have affected [...]
Research by the World Tourism Organization found that in 2016, nature-based and adventure tourism was growing annually by 10 to 30 percent, accounting for up to 25% of the world’s tourist market. It is clear that nature tourism is a big business and that wildlife experiences are an extremely popular marine tourism activity around the [...]
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, California TYPES OF MPAS IUCN CATEGORY IA Strict Nature Reserve: A marine reserve where the ecosystem is particularly fragile and important. Human activity here is strictly controlled, consisting of environmental monitoring, scientific surveys, and indigenous practices such as aboriginal subsistence fishing. Indigenous practices have to meet conservation objectives and may be [...]

In recent years, debate on the subject of baiting the water to attract sharks has been on the rise. Many people feel that this practice may be harmful for both humans and sharks while others insist that it is necessary to help preserve the shark population. A study published in July 2013 in Marine Policy […]

1. Beqa Lagoon Resort Where: Beqa Island, Fiji Diving: Beqa Lagoon is surrounded by one of the world’s biggest barrier reefs, stretching over 300 kilometres with an impressive variety of marine life and corals, including nine species of sharks. It has innumerable prime dive sites ranging from 5 to 30 metres in depth, with gentle […]

The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people”. This statement has particular relevance to shark tourism, and considering the current state of our oceans, and the rapid decline in shark populations, it is vital that all marine tourism operators adhere […]