The other day someone at the office mentioned the term “ecotourism” and a debate ensued as to what exactly that term means now-a-days. So I decided to look it up on Wikipedia and was surprised to find that the description fit Adventure Island to a “T”.
Ecotourism is responsible travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strive to be low impact and (often) small scale (as an alternative to mass tourism).
Fragile, pristine, protected: The government of Belize protects Glover’s Reef as a national Marine Reserve and World Heritage Site because it “is considered the prototypic atoll of the Caribbean. It is not only the best developed biologically, but also possesses the greatest diversity of reef types.”
Low impact: The facilities at Adventure Island are as green as they get. Everything is solar and wind powered, and water is supplied by rainwater catchments. Where most resorts use motorboats to take guests out to reefs for snorkeling, we use self-propelled kayaks.
Small scale: Our maximum capacity is 34 guests.
Adventure Island is the epitome of ecotourism.