Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation distinguishes us as one of Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products.
Eco Cruise Certified
Tackling Climate Change
Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel (part of Reef Magic) carries an Advanced Eco Accreditation – the highest level of accreditation awarded by Ecotourism Australia. We also carry a Climate Action Business Certification. These certifications distinguish us as one of Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products.
At Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel, all of our Eco cruise & activities are carried out following industry best standards/guidelines and your patronage helps support important conservation initiatives aimed directly at the protection of Australia’s natural heritage.
We believe each person around the world can reduce their total emissions each year. There are hundreds of different ways we can do this by introducing environmental practices into our everyday life such as using energy saving appliances, low energy bulbs, reduction of waste and litter and the use of environmentally friendly detergents.
When travelling on our eco cruise we encourage our guests to ensure these practices are maintained, even whilst away from home, and to choose to support tour operators who have achieved the Ecotourism certification logo.
The Cairns and Port Douglas area are one of the most highly visited regions of the Great Barrier Reef. The GBRMPA (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) Cairns Area Plan of Management is in place to help manage human activities and minimize wildlife and habitat disturbance. The Great Barrier Reef received world heritage status in 1981, the first coral reef ecosystem in the world to have this distinction.
Within the GBR there are some 2,500 individual reefs and over 900 islands encompassing a unique array of ecological communities, habitats and species. This diversity of species and habitats and their interconnectivity make the GBR one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on earth and one of the most significant for biodiversity conservation. There are over 1,500 species of fish, about 400 species of coral, 4,000 species of mollusc and some 240 species of birds, plus a great diversity of sponges, anemones, marine worms and crustaceans. The waters also provide major feeding grounds for threatened dugong and six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle. The Marine Park is an important breeding and feeding ground for several species of whales, all of which are protected species.
Experience Co’s GBR Biology team tailor Reef Education programs that specialise in connecting local students to their local reef systems via a series of curriculum-based projects and research opportunities. Involving schools and community in education regarding the current threats facing the reef encourages stewardship. Community understanding and stewardship can harness increased political and community action and support for the reef’s long-term protection.
Experience Co is committed to establishing an emissions baseline to assess our impact and make meaningful changes to improve. Guests visiting the region are encouraged to make sustainable choices by bringing bottled water, using recycling bins, using reef friendly sunscreen, and implementing public transport wherever possible. Experience Co is committed to minimizing adverse impacts on the environment, promoting environmental stewardship, and reducing carbon emissions. Some of the current initiatives include the following:
- Outsourcing catering to local restaurants who source their products locally, and offer eco friendly packaging.
- Using recycled paper in every office, and avoiding printing when possible, with all brochures printed on recycled paper.
- All vessels and offices are cleaned with certified eco-friendly products to avoid toxic chemicals
- Recycling facilities are in use on all our operations.
- All vessels have water refill stations and refillable water bottles sold on board.