“Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation”.
Eco-Certified, Eco-tourism had become an important part of OzSail. We are able to monitor our impact on the environment. Staff training and awareness is an everyday part of our business, as we see our crew and guests as an integral part of the success in the education of Eco-Tourism not only in the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef but everywhere around the world.
Policies and Procedures - As part of our ongoing commitment to Eco Tourism we consistently review our policies and procedures with an Eco Friendly focus.
Recycling: We have recycling bins in our offices as well as our three vessels. This waste is recycled at the recycle bins provided by Abell Point Marina. This includes cardboard, paper and cans.
Paper Use: Printing of bigger documents is always done double-sided. All office and vessel notes are also made out of left over scrap paper.
Marine Debris: We work Closely with Ben Ware, the Whitsundays own Eco-Samaritan. On an average clean up by Ben Ware will bring home and dispose of 300kg of plastic marine debris from beaches throughout the Whitsunday Islands.
Vessel Briefs: Guidelines in Snorkel and Bushwalking Briefings for guests are preformed every time a location is reached.
Fuel: The more we sail the less fuel we use. That’s got to be good.
Eco Training: Education of crew is foremost and OzSail has developed a consistant method for training staff.
Educating Guests: Crew are encouraged to interact with all guests about climate change and reeducing our carbon foot prints.
Water Conservation: Passengers are restricted to 1 minute showers and toilets are set to flush at a low rate
Sewage Managment Plan: All OzSail Vessels maintain an onboard sewerage management plan in compliance with local legislation and is held in on-board holding tanks.
Compliance: All OzSail staff are trained on legislative regulations by Maritime Safety QLD, AMSA, OH&S, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, to ensure minimal impact on our region.
Minimal Disturbance to Wildlife: Our vessels and crew assess the locations we visit to avoid disrupting wildlife and minimising impact on our stunning islands.