Travel tips for animal lovers.
There are loads of experiences around the world that allow you to get up close and personal with wildlife while on holiday but unfortunately not all of them are ethical.
We prefer to support those that put the welfare of local wildlife and habitats first, so below is a list of our six favourite travel experiences for animal lovers that are backed by a range of inspiring sustainability and conservation efforts.
Learn About Giant Clams at Tokoriki Island Resort
For years, Fiji’s most awarded adult-only luxury resort has worked with the Ministry of Fisheries to establish the Tokoriki Island Resort Giant Clam Regeneration Project, which is committed to protecting and breeding Giant Clams – the largest living bivalve mollus and one of the most threatened, interesting, important and misunderstood clam species in the world!
Explore the Adopted Dive Site at Toberua Island Resort
Toberua Island Resort in Fiji has adopted a stunning local dive site and registered it with Project AWARE. The selected site, which is available for guests to explore, is aptly named the “House Reef” and is home to an array of soft coral; numerous fish species, especially juvenile fish; several different types of sea cucumbers and four different varieties of starfish.
Diving & Overwater Adventures at Bawah
Located in the Anambas Islands, Bawah Reserve is a marine conservation haven where fishing is prohibited and the bounty of local coral and marine life is protected. Guests can appreciate this beauty first-hand through sustainable snorkelling and kayaking adventures, as well as a diving expedition managed by OrcaNation, Asia’s leading PADI 5-star Instructor Development Centre.
Swimming with Mantas at Soneva Fushi
There are few places in the world that can make you appreciate the wonder of nature quite like Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. Located in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere, the resort is home to a number of back-to-nature inspired experiences, however, one of the most popular is swimming with mantas. Dive in and be prepared to be awed by these enormous, intelligent and majestic creatures!
SUPing above Turtles at Sinalei
Located on the sandy shores of Vaiala Beach in Upolu, Samoa, and surrounded by coral reef, Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa is blessed with an abundance of seafaring animals. One of the best ways to meet the locals is to borrow one of the resort’s stand-up paddle boards and head out the front for a self-guided tour, where you’re bound to spot the gentle turtles that call the area home.
Swimming with Horses at Nihi Sumba
An equine community, horses are the soul of Sumba. Nihi’s state-of-the-art equestrian facility, Sandalwood Stables, makes the resort the perfect holiday destination for horse lovers. Trail rides include Nihiwatu Beach at sunset, a beach-to-bush outing through local villages with stunning views of the coastline, select day trips to Rice Island or NihiOka Spa Safari and a visit to neighbouring Coconut Cove for a play and gallop through calm waves.