Hawaii Sustainable Tourism Certified Operators

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is important. It is easy to think of ecotourism and being responsible to the land when the land is as breathtakingly gorgeous as the Hawai`ian Islands…now if we can think this way everywhere!

Today, celebrate the 2014-2016 Sustainable Tourism Certified Operators of the Hawai`ian Islands. These businesses choose to go above and beyond normal standards, committing genuine energy and education about conserving the islands’ ecosystems and culture. This list is compiled by Hawaii Ecotourism Association, a non-profit that has, for the past 20 years, held island tourism to a higher standard. They are true industry leaders–if you are traveling to the islands (take me with you!)–please look to and explore these businesses for tours and activities:

Island of Oahu, Heart of Hawaii
– Atlantis Submarines Hawaii (Atlantis Adventures – Oahu, Maui & BI)
– Bike Hawaii
– Holokai Kayak & Snorkel Adventure
– Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks
– Ko Olina Ocean Adventures
– Kualoa Ranch
– Pacific Islands Institute
– Wild Side Specialty Tours

Visit Maui
– Hawaiian Paddle Sports
– Maui Kayak Adventures
– Pacific Whale Foundation
– Trilogy Excursions

Big Island Visitors Bureau
– Big Island Divers
– Fair Wind Cruises
– Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (Hawaiian Legacy Tours)
– VolcanoDiscovery Hawai`i
– KapohoKine Adventures (pending)

Kauai Visitors Bureau
 Island Sails Kaua’i (pending)

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by google57 on July 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    I just got back from a trip to the Big Island. We booked two day trips with KapahoKine. I do hope that they pass their “pending” status with this new designation. The drivers and zipline leaders all were great guides — knowledgeable and friendly. It was unclear to me how this company would qualify to be designated as eco-tourism, but they did nothing that was egregiously wasteful as far as I could tell. They could benefit from investing in a smaller vehicle for days when their excursion has a lot fewer than 12 guests, which is their vans’ max capacity.


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