Lovers of ecotourism and green travel can immerse themselves in fun, sustainable activities that lend to the long term benefit of the island. Whether you are deciding on a long-stay or only short-term, you can connect with local conservation communities for positive experiences with Barbadian nature.
The Barbados Sea Turtle Project is one such operation that welcomes assistance from volunteers who are travellers. The association runs around-the-clock monitoring and response service that is aimed at the preservation of endangered turtle species like the Hawksbill, Leatherback and Green sea turtles. Volunteers can spend a day or night out with the team responding to calls about sightings of nesting females, hatchling rescues and releases. You can also lend a hand in beach cleanups with local organizations like the Future Centre Trust. It not only keeps the sea and sand clean, but it helps in the survival of the aforementioned turtles when they come ashore to lay their eggs.
You can also make your mark by helping in the planting of trees at Coco Hill Forest in St. Lucy or at any National Conservation Commission Park across the island, and join Barbadians as they strive to decrease carbon emissions by 70% and achieve food security by 2030.
In the heart of the island, take a tour of the lush beauty of Welchman Hall Gully. This tropical oasis is filled with majestic rainforest trees that shade the whole area, native vegetation and is home to several curious, wild green monkeys. The guide book provided upon entry shows over fifty plants and features in the gully.
Also in the heart of Barbados is the Harrison’s Cave Eco-Adventure Park. Go underground on their signature tram tour to see this true natural wonder at its crystallized best. The limestone cave was naturally formed by water erosion and features flowing Streams, deep pools and an eye-catching waterfall. The beauty of the clusters of naturally formed stalactites and stalagmites take your breath away and leave you with enough photos and stories to last a lifetime.