What is Ecotourism?

 

Before defining ecotourism, let’s take a look at why we love it, and you should too. Ecotourism is essentially exploring our environment in innovative ways that are sustainable and respectful to the natural environment.

Dudley Cliffs, Lake Macquarie

CoastXP began with the vision to ‘create innovative coastal interactions and experiences’, this stemmed from a distinct interest in the ocean and all of the creatures which inhabit it.

The official definition as defined by Oxford Living Dictionaries states ecotourism is “Tourism directed towards exotic, often threatened, natural environments, intended to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife.”

Catherine Hill Bay

This movement towards protecting the ocean and the marine animals which call it home is what CoastXP values as critical towards the work we do. A large part of our conservation efforts lies within our partnership with Elasmo, who are set up to “achieve unity, respect and protection for all life on earth, through education and empowerment.”

Elasmo does this through their school-based education programs, beach cleanups and events. Elasmo Ocean is an incredible non-for-profit organisation specifically created to allow the team to educate and support students and the next generation of change makers.

Krystal McKinley Photography

Each one of CoastXP’s tours is unique, and each tour focuses closely on significant areas of the hunter coastline, whether this is marine life, geology, Aboriginal heritage or other significant landmarks. The reason behind offering these experiences to locals and visitors alike is to enhance the destination image of the Hunter Coast as a sustainable, rugged, and stunning destination to visit, live, and enjoy.

The way in which we do this is primarily passive tourism, whereby we look, watch, capture and enjoy our experiences with minimal interference to the sights or marine life we come in contact with.

This is why we LOVE Ecotourism!