Air Whitsunday is proud to have achieved Advanced Ecotourism Certification for all of our tours – the highest eco certification attainable in Australia. This ensures our visitors have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the environment, and as an operator, highlights our commitment to the ongoing conservation of this important World Heritage area.
Sustaining the environment is an important part of our business practices whether in the office, during the tour or within the community.
Air Whitsunday is a long standing accredited member of The ECO Certification program. This globally recognised certificate is only given to Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products. We are committed to achieving best practice, using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.
Visit www.ecotourism.org.au for more information.
Some of our ecologically sustainable practices:
- We actively participate in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Sightings Network, a system of reporting sightings of biological and physical interest which enables researchers to better understand the environment and the inhabitants of Great Barrier Reef;
- A strict ‘no-touch’ and ‘no-feed’ policy in relation to all coral and marine species is upheld when visiting any location within the Marine Park;
- Flotation devices and snorkelling tuition is provided to those who are not competent snorkelers in an effort to avoid any potential contact with coral and other inhabitants of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park;
- signage throughout the terminal encouraging staff and guests to adhere to ecofriendly practices, including energy, water and waste conservation;
- Pilots and operation staff also use time spent on Whitehaven Beach to continually pick up rubbish, ensuring that the beach is kept as clean as possible;.
Air Whitsunday has also been awarded with Climate Action Business certification. This assures that we are committed to minimise the impact on a climate change through a range of energy and emission reduction strategies.
You Can Help
To ensure that the amazing Whitsunday region and the Great Barrier Reef is preserved for the future, travellers must do their part in protecting this World Heritage area.
By reducing your carbon footprint, individuals can help reduce the impact of climate change.
When you’re visiting the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays:
- Dispose of all rubbish in the bins provided;
- Report any sick or injured marine life that you may see to our crew;
- Never touch coral and never stand on it;
- Do not touch marine life as they might get sick from your bacteria
For more responsible ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef please visit http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/visit-the-reef/responsible-reef-practices
Start your green holiday at home! Before you leave, make sure all electrical equipment is turned off at its source and that there are no leaking or dripping taps. If you have a gas hot water system you can even set this to the lowest setting or turn it off completely.