Partnering with marine mammals to inspire eco-mindsets for a greener planet

Ecotourism

My inspiration for The Greenest Blue started with my work in ecotourism. If you’re curious what that entails, let me explain: it’s the part of the tourism industry that is centered around the natural environment and wildlife. For a seasonal guide like myself, that’s meant moving regularly to work in various marine environments depending on the time of year that tourists frequent that area. I love it because it provides a perfect opportunity to connect guests with some incredible parts of the natural world, while also building upon my own experiences and learning more about conservation efforts in other countries. By experiencing marine megafauna firsthand in their natural habitat, people can better develop a sense of purpose and connection with conservation. They want to protect these animals that they are encountering; they see them, they connect the animals’ well being with our own lifestyle decisions, and conservation suddenly becomes more personal. Emotions can spark change.

Marine megafauna have captivated humanity for centuries. There’s a reason for it - their world is so different, and yet we have so much in common with our oceanic friends. Our mutual survival as different species is dependent on the ocean’s health. I love being able to see the joy light up guests’ eyes when they swim with a dusky dolphin, or see a humpback whale breach, or watch a shark glide past the boat. Below, you’ll find the marine environments I have experienced and worked in around the world. I hope the list continues to grow.

 

Kaikoura, New Zealand

Best time of year for Wildlife Viewing: Year round

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Maui, Hawai’i

Best time of year for whale watching: November - April


 
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San Juan Islands, USA

Best time of year for wildlife viewing: april - october

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Hervey Bay, Australia

Best time of year for whale viewing: July - October

 
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Gansbaai, South Africa

Best Time of year for wildlife viewing: June - September

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