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Responsible Reef Practices - Tip 6 'Visiting Islands and Beaches' 1:41pm, Tue 18 May 2021

Cumberland Charter Yachts are dedicated to Eco-tourism, and have been a certified Eco-tourism operator since 2015, promoting sustainable travel that benefits local communities, culture and heritage to minimise impacts on the environment. We believe it is our responsibility to educate all our charter guests on environmental sustainability.

On your charter, you'll enjoy the many different activities and experiences the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday islands offer and it's important to enjoy them in a responsible and environmentally 'reef friendly' way. Cumberland Charter Yachts have written our own Responsible Reef Practice's guide with a copy provided on each charter yacht. Here we'll share with you the many ways that you can help us keep the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays pristine for years to come and enjoy your charter holiday in a sustainable way.

Read about Responsible Reef Practices Tip #1 - Anchoring and Mooring
Read about Responsible Reef Practices Tip #2 - Diving and Snorkelling
Read about Responsible Reef Practices Tip #3 - Waste (including sewage) and Litter
Read about Responsible Reef Practices Tip #4 - Around Turtles
Read about Responsible Reef Practices Tip #5 - Around Whales and Dolphins
Read about Responsible Reef Practices Tip #7 - Bird Watching

Visiting Islands and Beaches

There are over 74 islands within the Whitsundays. Many easily accessible and offer some of the best settings in the world to relax explore and watch the natural world go by.
When you visit an island you are visiting someone's home: these picture-perfect locations are refuges for abundant fauna and flora sensitive to human disturbance. It's therefore critical if you pay a visit to any of these fragile sanctuaries that you 'tread lightly' and leave only footprints behind.
By following the responsible practices outlined below, you're helping to ensure the environment that attracted you remains exactly as it was before you arrived.

In General

  • Access islands at high tide to minimise the potential damage to coral reef flats
  • Remove all seeds from clothing and shoes before going ashore and before leaving the island
  • Stay on marked trails, do not trample vegetation or break branches from trees and shrubs
  • If nearby wildlife seems agitated, stop your activities and move away
  • Be quiet - loud or sudden noises can disturb and stress wildlife, and annoy fellow visitors
  • Do not disturb nesting seabirds or turtles - avoid making loud noises, using strong lights or making sudden
         movements near their nests
  • Do not feed animals
  • Do not collect shells, seeds or other natural 'souvenirs' - take only photos and memories back with you
  • Do not disturb cultural sites (for example, shell middens and fish traps)
  • Take all rubbish (such as food scraps, cigarette butts, plastic and paper) back to the mainland and dispose of it properly
  • Collect any litter found on the island and take it with you.

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