Since 2003, Blue Ventures has supported globally acclaimed community-based marine tourism experiences, which are both simple and effective: ecotourists generate secure and sustainable funding that allow for long-term community engagement with marine management. Instead of generating financial gains for shareholders, profits are channelled to support community-led grassroots conservation efforts that support people and nature alike.
International ecotourism has been an important catalyst for BV, our six-week volunteer diving expeditions laid the foundations of our work, providing seed funding for local conservation efforts and enabled a permanent presence at key sites in Madagascar, Belize and Timor-Leste. The data collected by volunteers helped inform local management, local employment and long-term presence of our team, built trust, and provided a platform to build a range of supporting community-based tourism products and services, such as homestays, that diversified livelihood opportunities, developed local capacity and boosted local economies.
Community homestays allow visitors the opportunity to stay with and experience the daily life of their host family. This often includes community-led tourist activities that offer an authentic insight into local knowledge, culture, and customs. We believe homestays can have an impact beyond the sum of their parts – being the catalyst for an ecosystem of small community-based businesses, building community resilience and providing a direct link between the health of the ocean and the people who rely on and want to visit it.
Read more about our approach to community homestays here.