How We Opened Spain’s First Eco-friendly Dive Resort
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It does seem incredible that Spain and all its beautiful islands doesn’t already have a specialised scuba diving resort, with its mass tourism in the tens of millions and proximity to glorious warm clear waters in both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. But then Blue Explorers have always been trailblazers, leaving behind a wake of innovation and great new ideas!
But along with the millions of tourists comes a lot of pollution, much of it land based rubbish that finds its way into the sea. So, just how did we open a scuba dive resort with strong ecology ethics that ensures become part of the solution, not the problem?
HAVE A PASSION FOR SCUBA DIVING AND THE OCEAN
You have to love what you do, revel in meeting new people and seeing old faces return year after year, and rejoice in seeing new divers experience their first foray into a whole new underwater world. But most of all you have to love a respect the planet and the ocean and its surrounding environments and do all you can to save and preserve them for future generation.
SOURCE FOODS LOCALLY AND ETHICALLY
All the food available on our half or full board basis, our a la carte menu and even our bar snacks are sourced locally and ethically. All our fish is line caught and from sustainable species, our meat is organic, our eggs free-range and our vegetables grown on the island. We believe in supporting local business and farmers and providing the best tasting food possible.
REDUCING ENERGY USAGE
We’re a three star resort and as such we have air conditioning in all of our 14 one and two bedroom apartments. However, we do not have fans in our air conditioners saving in energy consumption per unit. But then a dip in the pool mere metres from your door and a cooling cocktail (in a plastic ‘glass’) will cool you more than any air con unit, ever.
BE AWARE OF PLASTIC POLLUTION IN THE WORLD’S OCEANS
Here’s some shocking statistics that will quite frankly horrify most people, not just scuba divers:
- It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade.
- Millions of tonnes of plastic swirl into convergences in the Earth’s oceans making up about 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces
- 80 percent of oceanic pollution comes from the land
- The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (in the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California) is the largest ocean rubbish convergence site. It is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one and is the largest such site in the world… Sadly it is only one of many.
- Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all ocean floating rubbish, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.
- One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
- ALL sea turtle species, 44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans and an ever-growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies
These are just a handful of facts, but these couple with our own dive crews’ experiences are enough to make us say “enough”. Therefore, we have taken a strong stance on plastic usage in our resort…
TAKE A STRONG STANCE ON PLASTIC USAGE…. THEN TELL OTHERS!
We’ve banned plastic straws, cups and bags in our resorts and dive centres. That’s it. Simple. However, we respectfully ask that our guest do not bring products that contain plastic micro-beads, keep the use of plastic bags in their packing and dive bags to a minimum and always tie any bags in several tight knots before disposing of them. Should soft drinks or beers be bought in packs we ask that the plastic holders be cut or torn into pieces and any vegetables sold in nets that used in our apartments’ kitchens – guest kitchens or our own main kitchen – that they are knotted several times and disposed of correctly and safely.
JOIN UP AND SAVE THE OCEANS!
Blue Explorer crews regularly take part in beach and ocean clean-ups so why not do your bit when you can – if you see rubbish left at the beach, even if it’s not yours, pick it up and bin it. Be sure that you never, ever leave anything else behind except footprints in the sand. Blue Explorers Resorts are looking to join forces with a global charity and action group so that we can play an even bigger role in keeping the oceans clean and raising funds and awareness in our little piece of the ocean!