Jambalaya Sailing Charters is committed to responsible and sustainable travel.
We are an ecofriendly operator and minimize our impact whenever possible. The following is a guideline of how we manage and maintain Jambalaya, and contribute to a healthier ocean.
Our Code of Conduct:
The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of the local people.”
Specifically, ecotourism possesses the following characteristics:
- Conscientious, low-impact visitor behaviour
- Sensitivity towards, and appreciation of, local cultures and biodiversity
- Support for local conservation efforts
- Sustainable benefits to local communities
- Local participation in decision-making
- Educational components for both the traveller and local communities
Green Boating Guidelines
We operate our boats in an eco-friendly manner, following the Green Boating Guide from “Sailors for the Sea Organization” Read more here.
Jambalaya Sailing Charters Practices
Sunscreen: Please bring only sunscreens containing Zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Sunscreens containing Oxybenzone, Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX are banned. These ingredients cause great harm the critters in the ocean and you and your loved ones. Sunscreens labelled ‘reef safe’ are often not. Check the ingredients. You may have to purchase zinc oxide and titanium dioxide based sunscreens in a health food store or order here.
Toiletries: We insist on using biodegradable, phosphate free soaps and shampoos. Phosphates contribute to algae growth on coral which effectively suffocates and kills it. For an examination of whether or not your products are eco-friendly refer to www.ewg.org
We will provide you with a water bottle for the week. There are no recycling facilities on any of the islands. Drinking water will be provided. We strongly discourage purchasing drinks in plastic bottles.
Power: Jambalaya has 4 solar panels, a 12v and 24v alternator. With reasonable conservation, our solar panels are able to produce all the power we need.
Harmful Products: When cleaning the boat inside and out we opt for non-chemical solutions when possible.
Food and Provisioning: It is a priority to source our provisions locally. This has a two fold benefit. We are contributing to the local economy while lowering carbon foot print and making sustainable choices. Fish is always from local fishermen. All fruits and vegetables are purchased from markets. Instead of store bought cookies and bread, we special order from the local bakery and request the goods be packaged in paper.
Viewing Wildlife: Please do not touch, chase or approach wildlife. We are observing animals in their habitat and chasing them prevents them from feeding and natural behavior. You won’t get a better photo anyway. Animal instincts are flight or fight – you don’t want either! When you see an animal – stay still – the animal will often relax and go about its business.
Please remember that coral is a live animal – not a rock. Do not stand on it as you will cause damage to that species and usually cut yourself. Even the slightest cut can become inflamed and hazardous to your well-being. We discourage collecting of any kind, or the purchasing of ‘souvenirs’ collected from the ocean.
Cultural Appreciation: Locals are friendly. If you wish to take photos, please ensure you ask first. It’s easy to strike up a conversation, but don’t assume that everyone enjoys being a tourist attraction.
Rules: Drugs are illegal – even marijuana
Contributions: If you were inspired by the people or the environment that you travelled, consider about giving back and helping us to develop these communities and protect the environment.
Join us in our efforts to advocate for the environment and sustainable tourism.
We are delighted to partner with Ocean Spirits to support the essential work they do in research, rescue, and preservation of the nesting sites and habitat for rare and endangered turtle species. In addition they incorporate kids camps, education and community engagement.
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