There are so many places that offer Eco-Tours and a chance for people to see Dolphins and Whales in their natural environment or to simply appreciate nature. Here at Women of the World United Against Taiji, we are going the extra mile to give you options to the captive marine parks. So we did our research and pulled some of the best places for you to explore! Spend your money on something that will last you and your children a lifetime. Teach them to appreciate nature and the natural world around them. Happy Eco-Touring!
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Northern Lights Eco-Tours
Cedar Park Rainforest Resort is situated in one of the world's greatest ecologically diverse areas. We offer a beautiful natural setting, comfortable lodging accommodations, gracious hospitality and truly fine food to make you rested and revitalized amid the peaceful setting of our rainforest oasis. We are surrounded by ancient forest and its endlessly fascinating and amazing rainforest and wildlife. If you want to experience the splendorous of nature at its best while relaxing comfortably in a very unique environment you will love to be with us here.
Whitsunday Organic Bed & Breakfast - Welcome to our organic bed & breakfast in Airlie Beach, gateway to the fabulous Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Relax and unwind in our eco-friendly lodging nestled in a tropical organic garden in Airlie Beach overlooking the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.
Abaco Moonrise - Moonrise for Romance is a private Island Vacation Retreat on six acres in the lush tropical Bahamas Crystal clear water, breathtaking views, solar powered, pioneer wooden cottage. Near Hope Town, Abaco. Agenda is entirely up to you for a personal retreat, honeymoon, anniversary or small family gathering. Private Beach and private dock. Charming eco sensitive solar cottage for waterfront enthusiasts. A complimentary healers retreat! Would work for small intensive workshops combined with nearby cottages on island.
Worldwide Eco-Tours - Belize
Worldwide Eco-Tours - Columbia
Worldwide Eco Tours - Costa Rica
Delfin Amor Eco Lodge - located in Drake Bay, Costa Rica, an area known as the most biologically diverse on the planet according to National Geographic. We have discovered this to be true not only on land, but also at sea. We offer guided rainforest tours and educational and fun wild dolphin and whale encounters led by marine biologists and qualified guides. Drake Bay has pods of thousands of dolphins, including Spotted, Bottlenose, Roughtooth, Spinner and Common dolphins, and almost year round Humpback Whales due to migrations from both North and South America. Help support our non-profit foundation, Vida Marina, in our goal to create a protected marine sanctuary in the area. Hang out with the monkeys, toucans and macaws while on land. Eco does not have to be uncomfortable! Beautiful private, screened in, tiled cabinas with private baths, warm showers, ceiling fans and stunning rainforest and ocean views. An eco adventure beyond your wildest dreams!
My Hidden Croatia
Whale Watching Tours
Worldwide Eco-Tours - Ecuador
Dolphin Global Trust
Worldwide Eco-Tours - El Salvadore
ENGLAND & UK:
Whale & Dolphin Watching Tours
Aire du temps - a friendly spot in the French Hautes-Pyrénées (65), not very far from ski-resorts and the Val d´Aran in Spain. For nature lovers and peace seekers, who appreciate small things in life. Scenic routes for walking and cycling, rafting, fishing, paragliding, skiing, cross-country skiing. Campsite with space for 6 tents, Gîte / apartment or bed and breakfast.
La brande - combines a French holiday plus a course that provides you with the opportunity to achieve real practical and environmental skills (that can be honed over a lifetime) and still leave time for you to explore and enjoy the surrounding countryside and wildlife. The holiday courses are of one week duration - arrivals are on a Sunday afternoon and departures on Saturday morning. They are made up of individual two-day units and are based on the holistic design principles of PERMACULTURE which embraces the philosophy of co-operation with nature and caring for the earth and its people. We offer a wide variety of holiday choices throughout the year which contributes positively to the surroundings, provides a venue that minimizes the negative effects of tourism and supports the local community.
Sejours in Flora N Fauna - We offer active adventures, learning expeditions and study retreats in France and Washington (USA) for the savvy traveler. Our hiking / walking tours and study retreats offer fun itineraries with knowledgeable leaders who will introduce you to the best experience possible.
La roche - La roche, once a small farm on the estate of an 18th century château, is surrounded by 5 acres of garden, woodland and meadows. Walk or cycle through a peaceful landscape of varied countryside of hill and valley, chestnut and oak woods and small farms. Nearby Brantôme has a beautiful riverside setting and many cafés and restaurants. Villars, the next village, has interesting caves and a Renaissance château. Périgueux, the Préfecture of the Dordogne, is 30 minutes drive away and has a finely restored and lively old town.
L'Arc en Ciel - L’arc en ciel is a delightful vegetarian B&B situated in the beautiful Scorff valley in Central Brittany. We offer warm, friendly hospitality, creating a cosy home from home atmosphere. We are here to make your stay relaxing & enjoyable. We also offer Romantic Breaks and relaxing Retreats.
Paulianne: the farm - Paulianne is an 89 hectare organic farm bordering the River Drôme in the Pre-Alps of SE France. The farmhouse itself stands on a Roman site that was dedicated to Mercury, with connections going back to the pre-Roman Andarta bear worshipping tradition. The old Roman road from Lyon to Milan runs through the farm and past the house. It is now a simple farm track from one field to another, having fallen into disuse when half a mountain - the Pic de Luc - fell into the valley in 1442, blocking the route and creating a 15km long lake that submerged the old route for nearly 300 years. There is an ongoing dispute among historians as to whether Hannibal led his elephants and an army of 30,000 soldiers to Italy via the valley of the Drôme or the Isere.
Le gites du paquetayre - These two gîtes (available all year) are on an organic farm at the end of a small mountain road at 860 m elevation. Surrounded by woods and fields, Le Paquetayre enjoys an impressive view of the famous Cathar chateau of Montségur atop its lonely "pog".
La maison du vert - A haven for vegetarians, vegans and lovers of good food in the heart of picturesque Normandy La Maison du Vert is a vegetarian guesthouse and restaurant specialising in delicious innovative vegetarian cuisine from around the world. La Maison du Vert was established in 1991 but in 2000/2001 it was refurbished by Debbie and Daniel the new owners.
Worldwide Eco-Tours - Galapagos
The Gulf of Amvrakikos - Vonitsa, where The Ionian dolphins project / Tethys Research Institute/works. It is a perfect chance to spend 6 days with marine biologists and dolphins.
ECO-Cruising with Vassili and Venetia Also located in Greece.
HAWAII: While on your eco-tour, you will be making a difference. 100% of the profits from Pacific Whale Foundation's Eco-Adventures go to supporting Pacific Whale Foundation research, education and conservation programs on behalf of whales, dolphins and the ocean environment.
Wild Side Specialty Tours
Dolphin Excursions Hawaii
Royal Hawaiian Catamaran
North Shore Shark Adventures (also Whale Watching Tours)
(Big Island): Wild Hawaii Ocean Adventures (WHOA)
Dolphin Discoveries (Also does Whale Swims/Tonga)
Maui Adventure Cruises
Captain Steve's Rafting
Hawaii Ocean Rafting
Hawaii Ocean Project
KAUAI: Kauai Sea Tours
Kauai Z Tours
OAHU: North Shore Shark Adventures
From Ethical Escape - hilya - situated at Kenichira, in Wayanad District of Kerala, popularly known as “Gods Own Country” in the tourism and leisure industry. Hiliya Resort Home Stay is a real experience to live in a seventy five years old Kerala style heritage Bungalow and tree house surrounded by acres of organic farm with spices, fruit trees and livestock. The farm, situated on a river bank, grows cardamom, vanilla, coffee, pepper, ginger, turmeric, coconut, areca nut, rubber, banana, mango, jack fruit, vegetables etc with hen, ducks, birds and rabbits playing around. MAX and LOBO, two well-trained dogs add to the attraction and security. Across the river is a tropical forest with wild life, animals, birds and a wide spectrum of flora fauna.
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Mara Porini - recently been set up in the exclusive wildlife conservancy of Ol Kinyei, one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. This is pristine wilderness with open savannah plains, riverine forest, springs, streams and rivers, rolling hills and spectacular views across the Mara. Ol Kinyei belongs to a Maasai community who has recently set aside the conservancy as a sanctuary for wildlife. The conservancy holds a wide variety of the animal species for which the Mara is famous including a large resident pride of lions.
Amboseli Porini - consists of nine spacious tents, sited among shady Acacia Tortilis trees, in a spot once favoured by big game hunters. The camp is small and exclusive, accommodating a maximum of 18 guests. It is set up along the lines of the traditional hunting safari bush camp, so there are no permanent structures like bar or restaurant or swimming pool – this is real camping in the bush, but with much more comfortable bathroom arrangements than were available to the hunters of earlier years! The tents are large and comfortably furnished, each with a double and a single bed, solar-powered electric lights, and en suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and flush toilet.
Diamond Beach Village - offers an alternative to the concrete hotel, more of a rustic Robinson Crusoe experience. We work very closely with the local Swahili people taking into account their culture and only using local methods and materials to create a refreshing, eco-friendly, alternative style holiday. The Village is situated on the island of Manda, which is the sister island to Lamu. The lodge is located on the beach front with amazing views of the open ocean, Lamu island, Shela village and dhows sailing past. It is the perfect place to come and relax for days or weeks, away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Las palapas - This popular Playa del Carmen hotel offers guests uncrowded white sand beaches, ocean breezes sweeping through palm trees, emerald green Caribbean waters, and Playa del Carmen's famous European style. At Hotel Las Palapas, we make your Mexico vacation dreams come true! Of course you will spend much time on our pristine white sand beach and enjoy the breeze, the sun and the crystal clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean. But Hotel Las Palapas offers a lot more for you to enjoy during your Playa del Carmen vacation!
Eco paraiso - Discover with us a hidden paradise on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Our small hotel was designed and constructed with great care to meet ecological standards. It is situated directly on a pristine natural beach, embedded in a vast plantation of malayan dwarf coconut palm trees. Here we offer you a unique experience with nature and a place to relax allowing you to leave the pressures of everyday life behind. ECO PARAISO is a perfect getaway! Just imagine watching pelicans or flamingos flying across the skies or even sea turtles when they come ashore to lay their eggs or hatch two months later; strolling along the beach for hours, millions of seashells at your footsteps, your only companions being the sounds of the sea and a few fishing boats passing by.
Flying Fox - In a world gone crazy, we offer a place where you can rediscover the simple pleasures and values of life. You are now entering a different time zone - Whanganui River time. Where the only appointment you need to keep is with your book and your glass of wine. The only things to hear are the birds, the bush and whatever CD or LP you want to play. At our place take it as easy or as hard as you want. We can arrange canoeing, or a scenic jetboat tour if you feel like exploring our historic valley. We can also arrange coffee, the sound of the river and afternoon siestas.
Blue Moon - once in a blue moon you find somewhere different... situated in a quiet road only 5km from Motueka, this is a great base for exploring the highlights of the area such as Abel Tasman National Park, Kaiteriteri beach, the Riwaka Source, Marble Mountain, Ngarua Caves on Takaka Hill, Golden Bay, vineyards, cafés and restaurants. Exclusively yours, this luxuriously spacious accommodation has a large sunken bath, log burner, beautiful garden surrounds and much more. Relax and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine on arrival.
Rowan Cottage - situated on the South Island in Motueka, Rowan Cottage provides spacious, sunny and en-suite bed and breakfast accommodation in a separate building to the owner's cottage. Nestled in half an acre of organic garden, with fruit trees and our own chickens, the studio has an en-suite as well as a spa bath on the deck. The Indian Summer room has a queen sized bed and a divan for a child. It also has its own private bathroom.
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Hoopoe Yurt Hotel - the perfect place to unwind and relax, and soak up the sights and sounds of nature right on your doorstep. Fall asleep lulled by the sound of goats' bells and crickets. Lounge in a hammock in the shade of a giant cork oak tree. Cool off with a dip in our refreshing chlorine-free swimming pool, surrounded by blue mountains and the beauty of nature. There are five yurts set among shady groves of cork and olive trees with spectacular views of the Grazalema mountains of Andalucia.
Alhambra Vistas - Stay in beautiful holiday apartment and house rentals in the historic Albaycin district, City of Granada, Andalusia, with broad vistas of the Alhambra Palace, Generalife, and Sierra Nevada mountains. Centrally located in the upper Albaycin near El Salvador Church, Plaza Larga with its cafes and restaurants, San Miguel Park, Sacromonte (home of flamenco shows & classes), and the culturally-rich surroundings of this exquisite UNESCO World Heritage Site, these upscale flats and house rentals provide for a complete self-catered vacation.
Altiplano Tipis - Altiplano Tipis is a boutique accommodation in the rugged unspoilt countryside of Andalucia, known as the Lake District of Spain, near the town of Baza, Granada, Spain. Our accommodation has been set up to offer an alternative holiday for travellers who want an eco-holiday and a traditional experience of either tipi or cave living. Altiplano Tipis is based 4km from the market town of Baza in the stunning countryside where one can enjoy peace and tranquillity for a relaxing holiday. Baza itself boasts a rich and historical past, where one can spend a pleasant day strolling around the numerous shops and cafes, a museum, a theatre, cinemas, and view the abundant historical buildings. Lake Negratin is only 20minutes drive away - a stunning area well worth a visit.
Los Olivos Viejos - the delightful property of LOV is situated at 800m and lies amongst centuries old organic olive groves, originally planted by the Moors, giving very private and tranquil surroundings. From the poolside terrace enjoy a magnificent view of the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada with whitewashed villages and shady woodlands sweeping down to the valley floor.
El Numero 8 - El Numero 8 is an accommodation located in the Albayzin of Granada that was designed by and for responsible travelers. Being travelers ourselves we decided to create a space that would exemplify what we are looking for when we are out on the road. An authentic place to stay that is tranquil, in a picturesque setting, clean, with reasonable prices, and aware of the environment and its fragility. El Numero 8 consists of 4 self-catered apartments with spectacular views overlooking the Alhambra.
Finca La Gavia - This luxury complex is located just 6km from the old village of Alora and just a short drive from the beaches of the Costa del Sol. There is a bus stop to the village in front of the mansión. In the village you will find the trainstation (to Malaga, the beaches of Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Marbella, the Airport, Cordoba, Sevilla etc.) at 3 Km. We supply pick-up service free of charge. The Lakes of ´el Chorro´ are just 15 minutes drive away and Corboda, Seville and Granada: apr.: 2 hours driving.- Antequera, a city full of history, at 32 Km.
Jardin Encantado - a delightful cottage which has been beautifully restored to provide a Spanish ambience, with modern touches for light and comfort. It is separate from the owners house and the terraces are private and secluded. Natural stone swimming pool (10x4m). El Jardin Encantardo has 12,000 square meters of land, an olive grove, craggy rock formations, and winding paths through the trees. Some of the land is productive with fruit trees, herbs and vegetables. Visitors are welcome to wander through the tranquil groves and wild flowers areas.
La Mohea - Visitors to La Mohea can enjoy the superb natural surroundings while contributing to the economic viability of the area by coming to the valley on a working holiday. And if you are interested in learning about permaculture in practice, are energetic and enthusiastic, and have a month or more to spare, then you could apply to take part in our volunteer (WWOOFing) programme.
Los Molinillos - In a 6 acre oasis of beauty and tranquillity, set in one of the finest locations in the Alpujarras, our recently completed, totally private, farmhouse apartment, "Los Molinillos", is now available for rent. Only a few minutes countryside walk away from the pretty villages of Capileira and Bubion, the apartment has an uninterrupted view of the entire Poquera Valley and the majestic Sierra Lujar. A 20m high waterfall drops into a rocky basin in one corner of the property and the sound of falling water and birdsong are the only extraneous noises you are likely to notice here.
Authentic Spain - Casa Organic is an atmospheric Moorish style white pueblo village house surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the lower Alpujarras and is very accessible to both the beautiful city of Granada home to The Alhambra and Moorish culture/architecture and accessible to the beautiful coast and beaches of Solabrenia and Almunecar.
Cortijo de la montana - a traditional and beautifully restored farmhouse on a sustainable organic smallholding, situated near Orgiva in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It is very secluded and private with the courtyard and dining patio festooned with jasmine and grape vines. It nestles beneath a rocky cliff on terraced land of fruit trees-ancient olive, almond, orange, lemon, avocado, cherry, loquat and fig-fresh fruit to pick all year round!
Mas de la llosa - a little corral beautifully restored into a house conserving all the traditional local characteristics. Its in the Alberes Mountains, in the middle of the natural park of L’Albera. Isolated by 4 km of track and 6 km of road, its wonderful for those people who want to feel in wild nature for several days, but having comfort at home. It is perfect for bird-watching, mammals, or any wild fauna and flora watching, for biking, walking or just been relaxed. Electricity is obtained by solar panels and water comes from a spring and we have composting toilets.
Puerto juviley - Our cottage is not isolated or secluded. It is part of a small traditional agricultural community in the Alpujarras region, near Granada. Puerto Juviley is a hamlet consisting of 15 farmhouses and a church, with no shops or bars and no concessions to tourism. It is in a beautiful unspoilt valley. Lots of animals live near the river: wild boar, ibex, eagles, foxes, vultures, turtles. The sound of the gently burbling stream competes with birdsong and rippling leaves. We are only 1km from the main road, but it is like a different world. However it is only 40 minutes to the beach, an hour to the city of Granada.
Quintana de la foncalada -A small retreat for peace and relaxation. A traditional farm with native rare breeds in survival trust of Asturias (Celtic traditions). Ecomuseum of Asturian Pony (Asturcon pony) with exhibition about origins of asturcon and other celtic ponies. Breeding of asturian ponies, sheep and chickens. Ceramic workshop. A selection of professional speciality courses.
The Nordic Centre - The Nordic Center for Art & Sustainability, brings together personal creativity and sustainable development. Offering holiday courses and workshops in pottery and other craft/arts combined with exploring more sustainable lifestyles. They have a wonderful natural setting, surrounded by rivers, forests and lakes in an unspoiled part of Sweden. Their courses include local nature and archeological tours as well as personal tutoring in their fully equipped studio & workshop. With excellent local organic food you are guaranteed a fun, relaxing stay with time to refresh and reflect.
Terra Villas - for the past seven years the Terra Villas have been a very successful and popular summer destination for discerning visitors. The owners would now like to offer the same opportunities to autumn, winter and spring guests. There are four individually designed stone built houses, set in pine woodland on a hill above the small village of Ataköy, not far from the ancient settlement of Idyma-now Gökova village Peace and tranquility are assured for our guests, apart from the occasional visit from silver foxes, badgers, red squirrels, tortoises, wild boars, crickets and birdlife.
Casa Inlycia - consists of two village houses next to each other, both around 80-100 years old. They were renovated to suit the short-and long-term stays of responsible travellers who would like to be on their own in the midst of the calm, wild nature of the West Tauruses. Gokceovacik, the village where Casa Inlycia is located, is a mountain village in the south-west corner of Turkey, close to Göcek. People living in Gokceovacik lost their economic base when the chrome mines in the region were closed down. The aim of establishing Casa Inlycia was to develop a good example for the villagers so that they could come to realize the natural and cultural values around them and to put these to economic use. In the rehabilitation of the houses, only the local workmanship and local construction techniques were used; the houses were not shaped according to the habits of city-dwelling travellers, opting instead for arrangements the villagers were accustomed to and could therefore easily reproduce.
The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is an organization that has rigorous standards of sanctuary management and lifelong animal care. GFAS-accredited sanctuaries never breed animals or use them in commercial activities. Some of the member sanctuaries provide educational tours, but not all of them do, so if you’re interested in visiting one with tours, make sure you check before you go.
Whale-Watching and Glass-Bottom Boat Tours
Various Coastal Locations
You can experience the mind-blowing beauty of marine life without removing animals from their natural homes! Many boating expeditions will take you out into the water to see marine animals up close, and they are surprisingly inexpensive.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - Key Largo, Florida
Hawksbill Turtle swimming underwater in Florida Keys | Matt kleffer | CC BY-SA 2.0
Established in 1963, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first undersea park created in the United States. The park, combined with the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, encompasses 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps. These areas were established to protect and preserve the only living coral reef in the continental United States. You can snorkel and swim with the animals—in their home, on their terms.
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center - Key West, Florida
The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center offers interactive displays and walk-through labs, but the animals are swimming freely. And there’s no admission fee!
The Turtle Hospital - Marathon, Florida (Upper Keys)
Ambulance Pulls Out of the Hospital | Florida Fish and Wildlife | CC BY-ND 2.0
Another great stop in the Keys is The Turtle Hospital, which rescues and rehabilitates turtles in trouble and releases all of them it responsibly can. Guests are invited to take a guided educational tour of the hospital facilities and the sea turtle rehabilitation area. At the end of each tour, guests are invited to feed the permanent residents.
Nashville Shores’ Treetop Adventure Park - Hermitage, Tennessee
The Treetop Adventure Park is a thrilling obstacle course with suspended bridges, scramble nets, swinging logs, Tarzan jumps, and more, all set in the woods. It also has a water park, camping facilities, and a dog park. No animals harmed!
The Adventuredome - Las Vegas, Nevada
Canyon Blaster in the Adventuredome | Meredith P. | CC BY-ND 2.0
The Adventuredome is America’s largest indoor theme park. It features thrill rides, traditional carnival rides, laser tag, miniature golf, bumper cars, midway booths, an arcade, clown shows, and more—all located under a huge glass dome.
Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park - Hot Springs, Arkansas
Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park has top concert acts and tons of rides in addition to its massive water park.
Bunkhouse at Zion - Just outside ZION NATIONAL PARK in Southern Utah. Whether you call it ECO, EARTH FRIENDLY, GREEN, ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE, ETHICAL, ALTERNATIVE, VEGETARIAN OR ORGANIC, Bunk House at Zion Bed and Breakfast is a simple, cozy retreat nestled within the canyon walls of Zion in the Virgin River Valley. Surrounded by orchards, pastures, gardens and majestic red cliffs, our home offers a quiet, peaceful atmosphere and a low-impact consciousness. We are 10 minutes from Zion National Park and 2 1/2 hours from Las Vegas, in Southwestern Utah, which is a part of the Colorado plateau, and along the Grand Circle tour of Utah National Parks. Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument are within 2 - 3 hour drive from us. If you enjoy rural touring, there are many backcountry roads all around us. Come and REST, RELAX, and RECHARGE while we REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE
Pollywogg Hollër - Named for the serenade of frogs that fills the evening air, Pollywogg Hollër is a Great Camp-Style Eco-Resort located near Alfred, New York established by the Castle family in 1987. The genius of nature and man are showcased in a setting of spectacular beauty, Adirondack-style craftsmanship, solar electricity, organic gardening, and gravity fed spring water.
Stroll undisturbed through enchanting sculpture gardens. Enjoy an informative tasting session in the wine cellar and delicious meals prepared using timeless non-electric cooking methods. Cleanse your body and mind in the wood fired sauna to the soft glow of lantern light. Emerge into the peace of night in the forest and sink into a deep, comfortable sleep.