Where it used to be that you’d be hard-pressed to find people who shared concern for the environment and wanted to do what they could to help, today, it’s a global movement that seems to be catching more and more steam. People are actively searching for ways in which they can help the environment at home, in the office, and even while travelling.

If you have an upcoming scuba diving trip planned to the world-famous serene destination of Bali and you’re wondering if there is a way you can somehow tie your scuba diving activities into protecting and saving the waters, then you’re going to want to read on. Just because you’re on holiday it doesn’t mean you can’t continue with your efforts to try to help save the planet.

Change Your Style of Vacation

Rather than just booking the first hotel that catches your eye, start to change how you look at vacations all together. Responsible tourism and eco-travel have really blossomed over the past few years, which means it’s now easier than ever to make these environmentally-friendly vacation decisions. You will be able to enjoy a holiday away, while having the peace of mind that you are being an environmentally responsible tourist.

Keep Garbage and Debris Out of the Water

Marine debris

Of course, the most basic tip is one that most people are well aware of, but you can watch out for others on your trip with you and make sure they are following the same rule. Keeping garbage and debris out of the water is imperative to the well-being of the ocean. This includes food and drink items. Always make sure to properly dispose of waste either in a bin or you can hang on to it until you find a proper place to dispose of it. If you are travelling with friends and family, you can encourage them to follow the same rule of thumb.

Support Companies Who are Helping to Protect the Water

Protect the water

It’s also a good idea to be supportive of those companies who are doing their part and who are taking steps to help protect the water. You can do your research ahead of time and discover which Bali companies may be helping with environmental initiatives and what kind of steps they are taking within their own company to be as green as possible. By supporting these companies that are protecting the water, you’ll also be helping to further their efforts. It’s a win-win situation for all.

Make Use of the Refill My Bottle Movement

Speaking of environmental initiatives, the Refill My Bottle movement is one that can definitely help you to be an eco-friendlier tourist. This is actually an app you can download or you can use the website to access a map. The map displays any nearby locations that can refill your water bottle either for a minimum fee or free.

The goal of the RefillMyBottle initiative is to cut back on the amount of disposable water bottles being used and encourage travellers to bring along a reusable water bottle. You can find RefillMyBottle stickers in the windows of galleries, cafes, shops, and various businesses. Bali has a large amount of these stations scattered around the island, and it seems to be growing in popularity as more and more residents and tourists catch on.


This article is submitted by Elena, a keen diving enthusiast. Elena works with Atlantis Gozo providing exceptional services to those looking to experience the sport. You can find more about Elena and Atlantis at atlantisgozo.com.
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