11 sht 2008

Carbon neutral private jet charter

Many some celebrities such as John Travolta have their own jet planes. Those celebrities and the rich who don't have their own planes may also go for Private Jet Charter. However, jet planes emit lots of green house gases which causes global warming.

Gulfstream 100 jet plane

It is increasingly clear that our world is experiencing global warming as shown by facts like melting of polar ice and receding snow lines in mountains like Mount Everest. In very recent time, for the first time in written history, one can sail through the Artic. What can be done about this?

Well, if they monied people can afford Private Jet Charter, they can definitely get a TerraPass which can help globe-trotting monied people reduce their carbon footprint at a fraction of what it cost them to enjoy the convenience and luxury of Private Flight. TerraPass is a social enterprise headquartered in San Francisco, California that provides carbon offsetting products to individuals and businesses. TerraPass has helped 1,080,269,026 lbs of CO2 (carbon dioxide). Let us hope more of the jet-setting celebrities and businessmen uses TerraPass

1 maj 2008

Snorkeling in Maui, Hawaii, USA

Coral Reefs - another world on Earth

The memories of my first snorkeling experience at Pulau Kapas, Terengganu, Malaysia is still fresh in my memories. It was a real introduction to another world on this amazingly diverse world of ours and if anyone mentions the possibility of snorkeling in an interesting location, I am all ears.

Snorkeling off a beach is one thing. Mention snorkeling in a volcanic crater, like for example, the Molokini Crater, I have 8 ears all pricked up (if you know what I mean). Crater?? That sounds like that hollow at the top of a big bad dangerous volcano.

Molokini Crater, Maui, Hawaii

Molokini is harmless inactive offshore crescent moon-shaped volcanic crater south of Ma‘alaea Bay, Maui, Hawaii. It attracts scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts like bees to honey. If you are interested in snorkeling in Molokini Crater, Pride of Maui specializes in organizing snorkeling cruises to the Molokini Crater.

reef fish in Molokini Crater, Maui, Hawaii
Photo of reef fish at Molokini Crater is property of Adam Hertz

Adam Hertz is a cautious man and says he have to check that that (reef fishes) are what he saw at Molokini Crater. No fear Adam. I checked Wikipedia and it says "Coral reefs are home to a variety of tropical or reef fish, such as the colorful parrotfish, angelfish, damselfish and butterfly fish..." which means that the word reef fish can be applied to many fishes that inhabits a reef.

Turtle Town, Maui, Hawaii

If you try goggling Turtle Town, you will find it hard to pin-point an exact location as turtles are all Maui Island, and I suppose you can call many places Turtle Town. However, it seems there are a few spots where turtles tend to congregate, and if you want to get to these places, let Pride of Maui guide you to Maui Turtle Town where you can swim with the gentle and graceful Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.

Turtle Town, Maui, Hawaii
Photo of turtle in Turtle Town is property of Ewen Roberts

However, here we are talking about ecotourism and you are not supposed to disturb these gentle creatures. Touching, chasing and riding the turtles are prohibited as they are a protected species. But just swim or snorkel around normally, and these curious creatures will likely approach you on their own initiatives.

23 pri 2008

Paros, Greece and ecotourism

Facts about Paros, Greece

Paros, a Greek island belonging to one of the Cyclades island group and a very popular tourism destination. There is a Municipality of Paros and this municipality is not a single spot but spread over numerous islets.

If you are a lover of beaches, Paros has plenty of them including Pounda, Naousa bay, Chrissí Aktí, Logaras, Parikía, Piso Livadi and Agía Irini. Windsurfers will also find Paros an ideal target for their visits as in some areas, there are constant strong winds.

But look at the beautiful natural scenery with beautiful flowers in the photo below (if only I can smell them):

Parikia, Paros, Greece
Photo of Parikia, Paros in Greece is property of Ethan Lindsey

Wonder if touring narrow paved streets, two stored white houses, old churches and windmills without damaging the environment plus experiencing the local cultural heritage while minimizing the negative aspects of tourism on the environment can be considered as ecotourism. If so, then Paros definitely can qualify as a destination for ecotourism.

Whatever your opinions are, you will need accommodation, and the most convenient and environmentally friendly way of searching for suitable accommodation is searching for them ahead of arrival online at websites like Paros hotels in Greece. I for one would not like to waste precious tourist time, energy and if I use motorized vehicle to go round hunting for accommodation, precious, increasingly expensive and rapidly depleting fossil fuel to hunt for them.

31 mar 2008

Stay healthy, wealthy for environment, ecotourism

Health, environment and ecotourism

According to Wikipedia on ecotourism, ecotourism or ecological tourism, is a form of tourism that caters to the ecologically and socially conscious individuals and focuses on volunteering, personal growth, and learning new ways to live on the planet. Usually, ecotourism will involve traveling to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions.

Ecotourism sounds to me like you need to be fit and healthy to partake of it, and Wellness Wealth Success! claims to be able to help you achieve health. You can find out more about Wellness Wealth Success! by clicking on the second link.

Wealth, environment and ecotourism

Preserving the environment can be a costly affair, and maintaining an area for ecotourism do not come cheap either. Well, here Wellness Wealth Success! claims they can help too. Now if only they have an Environmental Policy!

2 shk 2008

Travel technology for ecotourism?

Travel Technology for Ecotourism?

Here is an interesting website NEXTGEN Travel Distribution, a worldwide travel platform that connects suppliers (travel booking websites, travel agents, tour operators, car rental companies, airplane ticket booking websites, hotels, etc.?) with consumers (obviously various kind of travelers), all gratis (FOC or free of charge). NEXTGEN Travel Distribution also claims offering the most in-depth travel content in the world.

NEXTGEN Travel Distribution claims to have what they call Travel technology plus a private label booking engine. Now this is something I am very much interested to find out more about as perhaps I can have a private label booking engine for ecotourism. I tried to sign up as a partner so as to get that private label booking engine and see if it can do what I hope to do. That took me to a page that has the promising "Completely customizable" phrase, so the possibility is there. I have registered as a partner but now there are other things waiting for me to complete, so will update this post with a link to a new post on NEXTGEN Travel Distribution later (hopefully I don't forget).

24 jan 2008

Australia, a unique Island Continent

Australia is so isolated from the rest of the world that it is no surprise it has very unique flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. It also have an amazing huge reef - the world famous Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system,with about 3,000 reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,600 kilometers. It is the only single structure of living organisms visible from outer space and supports a wide diversity of life. The Great Barrier Reef was granted the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.

Australia has an association for ecotourism, the Ecotourism Association of Australia (EAA) and the Wildlife Tourism Australia (WTA).

Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia

Burleigh Heads is an suburb of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. There are nature parks in Burleigh Heads such as the David Fleay Wildlife Park which have many native Australian animals living in habitates as close to their natural habitats as possible. Another one is the Mount Cougal Springbrook National Park featuring spectacular waterfalls and luxuriant rainforest,and if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the world's largest skink, the land mullet. Other parks in the area include the David Fleay Wildlife Park where you can see unusual native animals and the Burleigh Head National Park 81 km southeast of Brisbane.

Environmentally friendly way to get your accommodation is via the environmentally friendly Internet and book online at websites like Burleigh Heads Hotels and you need not burn up green house gas emitting fossil fuel and make worst our environmental problem of the century - global warming.

I understand that the above website have been revamped and a directory section has been added which makes it far easier to drill down and search for heavily discounted last minute accommodation in Australia. I checked and found last minute accommodation search. Perhaps this is what they were referring to.

Coolangatta, Queensland

Photo of Coolangatta and TweedHeads, Australia, from the air
Photo of Coolangatta and TweedHeads from the air is property of Tim

Coolangatta is a border town between Queensland and New South Wales. Its economy is based mainly on a thriving fishing industry, seafood restaurants, holiday clubs and retirement place for both states. Ecotourism can be found in Coolangatta's hinterland. There are company offering sustainable eco-tour on bicycles in the Tweeds Heads/Coolangatta region, promising a fantastic ride with magnificent scenery, taste bush tucker produce and subtropical fruits, watch native wildlife, see fresh coffee grown and roasted sample native macadamia nut plantations and learn about early settlers.

This online accommodation booking website Coolangatta Hotels claims to be able to offer last minute heavily discounted accommodation.

Manly, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Manly is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia located about 16 kilometer east of Brisbane, capital of Queensland. It lies to the west of Moreton Bay.

Manly Cabbage Tree Bay had been declared a "No Take" (meaning take nothing except photographs, no fishing, destroying of marine life, even collect alive or dead organism including empty shells) Aquatic Reserve on 31st March 2002 to help conserve the Bays natural aquatic habitats, processes and unique biodiversity for sustainable use and future generation's enjoyment. The Manly Cabbage Tree Bay Eco-Sculpture Walk has been organized to give visitors to the area a view into Cabbage Tree Bay's unique animals, plants, marine life, history and attractions. You can get to Manly Cabbage Tree Bay Eco-Sculpture Walk by walking along Marine Parade from either Manly or Shelly Beach. The Manly Council have arranged for brochures and further information for visitors from the Manly Visitor Information Center or the Manly Environment Center.

Book your accommodation online at Manly Hotels

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Photo of sunset over Byron Bay Australia
Photo of sunset over Byron Bay is property of Aidan Beanland

Byron Bay is a town in New South Wales and is the eastern most point of the Australian mainland, 140 kilometer south of Brisbane and 600 kilometer north of Sydney and. Byron Bay is also well known for its wildlife and whale watching. You can take day mountain biking tours to the finest and most spectacular places various World Heritage Parks and Rainforests of Byron Bay's hinterland and enjoy panoramic views from rocky volcanic plateaus, visit deep gorges, lakes, waterfalls, and lush sub-tropical rainforests full of wildlife. Learn about various animal species such as fruit doves, small marsupials, koalas and tree frogs.

Get last minute deeply discounted accommodation from Byron Bay Hotels.


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