Visitor Information


According to the International Ecotourism Society ( ecotourism is defined as “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education”.

Refuge Cove Cruises has adopted the following principles of Ecotourism:
• Minimise physical, social, behavioural and psychological impacts;
• Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect;
• Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts;
• Provide direct financial benefits for conservation;
• Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry;
• Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to political, environmental and social climates;
• Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities;
• Recognise the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in our community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment.

Refuge Cove Cruises strategies:
• Encourage passengers to bring a reusable water bottle and refill their bottle as required.
• We use washable cups, plates, cutlery and crockery which are washed and reused for the next cruise, helping to reduce unnecessary waste.
• All food and drink waste generated by our tour is kept on the boat - Carry in Carry out policy and to protect the National Park.

Use local food suppliers for catering to reduce packaging and waste. This also ensures that the food is prepared fresh for each cruise.

Our solar power system onboard the vessel is constantly recharging and is available for our power needs such as lighting, PA system etc.

Respect Wildlife & Leave what you find behind - All native plants, animals, geological features, historical and cultural remains are protected by law in national parks.

Keep to tracks - minimises erosion, limits spreading of diseases and weeds, and helps you from getting lost.

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