Simply put, eco-tourism means visiting new places and revealing in their beauty without causing any harm to the existing ecosystem of that destination. It is a misconception that ecosystem is limited to just the plants and natural beauty of any place. In reality ecosystem is a much more expansive term, which also considers the local communities that reside in those places, their culture, their beliefs and a lot more. Embarking on an eco-tour is an enchanting experience, and for those who are interested and willing to take the plunge and embark on an eco-tour, we have compiled a list of the top 14 destinations of the world.
1. Andaman and Nicobar
The clear waters and the plush greenery is a sight to behold. Tribes have been residing on these islands since ages and they have their own unique traditions. This union territory is made up of many tiny islands, each of which vying with each other in terms of natural beauty. These tiny islands are known for their marine lives and here you can witness exotic sea creatures and turtles swimming around in the clear waters. There are many places where you can enjoy diving and taking a dip in the sea. You can go and explore any of the sightseeing destinations this island is known for. If you are looking for a thrill, then you can go for snorkeling with an elephant.
Belize is full of the best eco-resorts where you can witness the ruins belonging to the Mayan era. Besides this, Belize also offers some of the best places for kayaking & scuba diving. You can spot many whale sharks in the waters and diving amongst them gives you a thrill. Belize is an ideal eco-tour destination for adventure lovers.
Despite being lesser known than Kenya, Botswana too has its own share of marvelous destinations. Situated in the heart of Africa, Botswana has many rivers, lakes as well as savannas where wild beasts are found in abundance. Botswana is ideal for an exotic wildlife safari. The exotic land of Botswana ushers all adventure and wildlife lovers.
4. The Galapagos Island
Just like swimming and snorkeling with elephants is the highlight of Andaman and Nicobar islands, the Galapagos Island is famous for swimming with penguins and sea lions. The lush greenery is sure to entice you and you can also take a look at a UNESCO World Heritage Site while on a visit to this wonderful island. The tour operators ensure that the natural ecosystem of the island is protected. You will never be able to forget your wonderful holiday at the Galapagos Island.
The Borneo Island is the third largest island of the world. This island is known for its biodiversity. You can take a hike to the Mount Kinabalu or visit the Selingan Turtle Island by boat. Here there are many places which you can explore to your heart’s content. The local people are quite servile and willing to interact with tourists. You can observe their unique and interesting traditions and rituals which are sure to fascinate you. A sense of peace prevails in this island and you are sure to be relaxed while enjoying your holiday in this eco-tour destination.
You can find numerous places to explore in Iceland. Iceland is called the land of fire and ice and there are numerous volcanoes, hot springs and fjords which you can explore. The citizens of Iceland are very careful and protective of their environment and they take all efforts to conserve the natural beauty and resources of the nation. Almost the entire supply of electricity in Iceland is from renewable resources. Even the geothermal, wind as well as hydroelectric power supply is through renewable resources. The Icelandic Tourism Board too appreciates and awards the hotels, tourist spots and hostels for adhering to green practices to conserve the ecosystem balance.
People often dread visiting Alaska due to its extreme cold. But if you do manage to brave it out then there are various places which you can visit and enjoy. The population of Alaska is quite sparse and hence it is easy to maintain and conserve the natural ecosystem of this marvelous destination. Alaska is a haven for adventure lovers who can enjoy its untouched beauty. You can enjoy rafting, skiing and mountaineering. You can also spot the whales which are abundant in this destination. The sights and delights which greet you will make the extreme temperature worth it.
Kenya is situated in the heart of Africa and is known for its flora and fauna. The people are quite conscious about maintaining the ecosystem of Kenya and they conserve their natural resources fervently. There are many wildlife safaris where you can witness the exotic beasts from close quarters. The dense greenery and wilderness is sure to enchant you and transport you to an exotic world. A holiday in Kenya is sure to give you many unforgettable moments.
9. Coral Bay in Australia
The Coral Bay is dotted with numerous coral reefs which are a sheer visual delight. Here you can spot many mantra rays, whales and many other exotic sea creatures. You can enjoy diving and snorkeling in the waters of the Coral Bay. The wildlife and natural resources have been conserved and this makes it one of the best eco-tourist spots.
10. Kerala, India
Kerala lies to the south of India and is known for its extreme heat. The vast expanses of lush greenery are really something to look forward to. Kerala is known for its exotic Ayurveda massages. You can also enjoy a thrilling wildlife safari. Nature lovers can trek through the lush greenery. Adventure lovers indulge in rappelling and other exciting ventures. This state is known for its scenic beauty and the tourism industry has made all efforts to maintain the ecosystem of this destination. The use of eco-friendly materials is evident everywhere.
11. The Blue Mountains, Australia
The Blue Mountains are located near Sydney. It got its name due to the eucalyptus trees which are found in abundance. These trees painted the entire region blue. Spread over 550 square miles, the Blue Mountains comprise of the best and most exotic plants. You can go for a trek amidst the beauty and bounty of Mother Nature. If you wish you can take a ride on a bike into the mountains or even go for rafting. The Wollemi Pines are a sight to behold. These trees were believed to be extinct after the dinosaurs disappeared from our planet. However these species still exist in the Blue Mountains and people throng this destination to take a look at them.
12. Urupukapuka Island, New Zealand
New Zealand is the perfect destination for nature lovers. There are many options for adventure lovers. The Urupukapuka Island has many avenues for snorkeling, hiking etc. you can take a leisurely walk along nature trails or languish on the beaches. There are many entertainment options while you are on your holiday to New Zealand.
13. St. John, US Virgin Islands
Located in the Virgin Islands, US, St. John is a haven for nature lovers. Around two third of the area has been protected as national parklands and here you can spend hours hiking, snorkeling or languishing on one of the most spectacular beaches.
Not many tourists visit Antarctica and hence it has retained its untouched beauty. Located in a very remote part of the globe, traveling is quite expensive. However this exotic beauty is a place which you will never forget once you have visited it. You are sure to be mesmerized and enchanted by the spectacular and stunning beauty of this region.