Top ecotourism destinations for nature lovers

Top ecotourism destinations for nature lovers

Countries that are making ecotourism a priority are thriving on a new economy – something money can’t buy – conserving their natural assets through sustainable tourism ventures. Thanks to their efforts they are attracting visitors from across the globe for unique and once in a lifetime experiences and attractions.

With an environment and natural beauty that shines on its own, these destinations don’t need architecture, towering buildings or man-made attractions to put them on our travel bucket list.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica was not only a pioneer of ecotourism but its natural secrets remain at the top of the list when it comes to South American highlights. Divided by 20 National Parks, 8 Biological reserves and numerous protected areas, you will be spoilt for choice with steaming volcanoes and craters, lush tropical rainforests, towering waterfalls and a diverse range of protected animal species to shine a new light on natural wonders.

01. Rio Celeste waterfall, Tenorio Volcano national park, Costa Rica

New Zealand

New Zealand is renowned across the globe for its stunning and contrasting landscapes. Whether it’s hot springs and bubbling mud pools, the underground labyrinths of caves and streams alight with glow worms, colonies of seals and penguins that make their home on the coastline or the vast mountainous regions scattered with hidden gems, there are no surprises why the country remains a favourite among eco-conscious travellers. You can also experience a range of New Zealand’s ecotourism sights and attractions while exploring the unspoilt coastline on an eco cruise.

02. Taupo New Zealand Thermals

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The iconic Great Barrier Reef attracts millions of visitors each year who wish to experience the national treasure for themselves. Over 1,500 species of fish and 400 types of coral of all colours call the reef their home and it really does need to be seen to be believed. The World Heritage Listed Area is highly protected under numerous conservation projects; however the park is open to the public to snorkel, dive and experience the magic that lies beneath the ocean’s surface.

Great Barrier Reef

Bargara, Australia

Located on Queensland’s stunning coast, the Mon Repos Turtle Hatching Centre is your opportunity to experience one of life’s natural wonders. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services ranger led experience gives visitors a rare glimpse into the nesting of the Loggerhead Turtle (November to January) as the mother makes the journey to shore to lay her eggs. Six to eight weeks later, visitors can also see the hatching process first hand (January to March), and watch the young venture back towards the ocean.

Loggerhead turtle hatchling - Herald Sun
Loggerhead turtle hatchling – Herald Sun

Kenya, Africa

From the white sandy beaches on the East African coast to more than 45 National parks and reserves, Kenya has embraced ecotourism to preserve their stunning natural environment as well as the welfare of local communities. Their conservancies offer playgrounds for both wild and domesticated animals to interact as they roam freely, while travellers can interact with endangered wildlife species with the help of professionally trained guides. Home to a diverse range of plant and animal species, Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy is also the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, helping to educate the masses on the conservation efforts that are conducted to protect these endangered species.

05. Giraffe in National park of Kenya, Africa

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