At Whitsunday Paradise Explorer, we are committed to having a minimal impact on the environment, whether it is marine life or on the land.
We are currently ‘Nature Tourism’ Accredited with EcoTourism Australia and conform to the high levels of protection and due care to the environment, which we are applying to our footprint when visiting this area. We have also become a partner in the Queensland Governments ‘Be Pest-Free’ campaign to ensure that we are not inadvertently transferring unwanted flora or fauna pests between islands.
The Islands of the Whitsundays are nearly all National Parks as well as most of the ones in our Central region being part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks Authority (GBRMPA) and are now listed as a world heritage area.
Our islands are all surrounded by a beautiful but delicate fringing reef system and the coral viewing is often compared to offer the same quality as with the offshore, outer reef quality of corals in places such as Cairns in the far North.
Whitsunday Paradise Explorer have also joined the ‘Eye on the Reef’ program to assist in the monitoring of the reef system in our area as well as the changes which can happen through climate change, boat strike and weather events.
We are sensitive to the annual migration of the beautiful Humpback Whales as they migrate to our warmer waters for calving and mating.
We have a diminished population of the ancient Dugong (Manatee) which are an endangered and protected species. Not being very visible, these gentle mammals are often injured by fast moving vessels, so we are always operating with caution in their recognised habitats.
There is a large population of Sea Turtles throughout the region, predominantly the green turtle and there are many nesting areas within the Whitsunday group of Islands. Turtles are also victims of impact from fast motor craft, so we do our best to keep clear of the perimeters of the fringing reefs when at speed.
Many other forms of wildlife are in abundance here, from Ospreys to Sea Eagles, land-based wildfowl such as the amazingly industrious Scrub Turkey, large Goannas and in some areas, strange sea creatures such as shovel-nosed sharks, nannygais and nudibranchs’. All of these, including the myriad of colourful reef fishes are ultimately affected by the impact that Tourism could do to their survival, so we are ever mindful of the way in which we explore and appreciate their environments.
We are also learning more and more about understanding the harmony that the original aboriginal settlers in this area had with their surroundings and striving to appreciate the customs and values of these traditional owners who have spent so many thousands of years hunting, fishing and gathering without destroying or damaging the environment or species within.