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Sustainable Development and Ecotourism in Maldives

  • 17 June 2013

A combination of Maldives’ ever-increasing popularity and its desire to meet tourist demand could have potentially damaging consequences to the country’s delicate ecosystem. In an attempt to head off some of the worst, the government has been introducing sustainable development measures and ecotourism practices.

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Way Off the Beaten Path: A Homestay on the Togean Islands of Indonesia

  • Stephen Lioy
  • 11 December 2012

In a country like Indonesia that falls squarely on many tourists’ radars for its all-inclusive resorts and organised bus tours, I instead remember the Togean Islands as a place where the most serious decisions I made included “SCUBA or snorkel?” and “Should we walk across the beach for a warm beer or the island for a cold?” It was a place where, unlike most of the island paradises of my memory, paradise lived up to my ideals.

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The Last Sea Turtle Refuge: Padre Ramos Estuary, Nicaragua

  • Brad Nahill
  • 5 December 2012

A wide beach on a warm clear evening may be the most relaxing setting on earth. We enjoyed it before setting to work in Padre Ramos Estuary, El Savador, one of the world’s most inspiring sea turtle conservation projects. Our motley group of international sea turtle experts was there as part of a research expedition to study and protect one of the world’s most endangered turtle populations: the Eastern Pacific hawksbill sea turtle.

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Photo of the Week: San Blas Star Fish, San Blas Islands, Panama

  • Wallace Faria (Photo)
  • 15 July 2012

Home of this starfish, the San Blas Islands stretch away from the coast of Panama like a spray of sand flicked from a foot. None but the largest warrant an appearance on the Google map of the area, but switching to a satellite view reveals the tell-tale white specks and turquoise circles of an archipelago made up of almost 400 distinct bodies.

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The Top Six Things to Do in Seychelles

  • Africa.com
  • 11 July 2012

The island nation of Seychelles, located off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean, is known for its remarkable beauty and breathtaking beaches. The country’s small population and incredible geography and climate makes it one of the most idyllic tourist spots in all of Africa. Seychelles boasts a long and unique history that has been influenced by African, Arab, Asian and European cultures.

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Blissing Out in the Dry Tortugas, West of Key West, Florida

  • Amber Nolan
  • 16 May 2012

“Wow,” is all I can say. From this angle, we can see the entire length of the island. It seems artificial, and certainly doesn’t look like any other part of Florida. I feel content with this paradise around me, and am completely “blissed out.” I hope the ferry never drops visitors off at this island. I appreciate it so much more knowing how far I had come to make this happen.

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The Top Five Things to Do in Cape Verde

  • Africa.com
  • 15 May 2012

Located off the coast of West Africa, Cape Verde is one of the continent’s best-kept island secrets. If you’re a water-sports fanatic, this is the destination for you, plus the blend of Brazilian and West African cultures boosts the excitement level of Cape Verde. From daytime surfing to nighttime dancing, Cape Verde’s perfect for the adventurous and curious spirit.

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How Exactly Do Tourism Dollars Support Conservation?

  • Joe Ascanio
  • 11 May 2012

As conservation tourism becomes more and more popular, how can travelers be certain where and how their money is being spent? One well-known wildlife conservation tourism project, called SEE Turtles, is clearly outlining exactly how travelers’ dollars contribute to the sustainability of conservation projects and surrounding communities.

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Tropical Barbados Joins the whl.travel Network

  • whl.travel
  • 4 May 2012

Native Caribbean islander Daniel Anderson of Barefoot Travel & Tours is thrilled to be offering local Bajan insight through the new Barbados travel portal, part of the whl.travel network. “I think joining whl.travel is a great opportunity for Barefoot Travel & Tours to stand out from other international tour operators since we are based in the country in which we operate,” commented Anderson.

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How to Find a Great Surfing Holiday

  • Tom Marvin
  • 20 April 2012

If you’ve ever wanted to surf, you have probably imagined yourself carving that perfect wave. The sun is shining, the water is warm, you’re slicing through the water heading toward a sandy beach. If only it were that simple! The truth is that many of us don’t live in a location that has a great surf break. With that in mind, you might decide that a surf holiday is worth a shot!

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