SeaLink Whitsundays, part of SeaLink Marine & Tourism – Australia’s leading marine transport and tourism operator, has achieved the highest tourism product certification from Ecotourism Australia’s ECO Certification Program.
SeaLink Whitsundays has been awarded Ecotourism Australia’s Advanced ECO Certification as an exemplary operator in terms of sustainability and provision of authentic, high-quality nature-based tourism experiences.
We offer guests a unique and memorable experience as they discover the beautiful Whitsundays Islands. We successfully and respectfully operate services within our local region and work to minimise our impact on the environment whilst focusing on delivering a sustainable service in ways that matter the most.
SeaLink Whitsundays has been working hard to improve its sustainability position and support the environment.
The following are some of the initiatives that SeaLink Whitsundays is currently undertaking on the water:
- Lighting within the vessels is energy efficient, and is turned off when not in use.
- Equipment is maintained to obtain optimal operation e.g. our A/C systems across the fleet.
- All paper is recycled.
- Only non-disposable items (cutlery, plates, and containers) are utilised for service onboard.
- Measure, manage and, report our sustainability performance through Earth Check, which covers energy consumption, Greenhouse emissions, water consumption, and landfill waste and focuses on ways to improve scores.
- Recycle bines are located on all vessels.
- 10c recyclable items are processed at the local facility and all funds are donated to Fauna Rescue Whitsundays
The following are some of the initiatives that SeaLink Whitsundays is currently undertaking on the islands:
- Our guides educate our guests on environmental conservation.
- All guided tours remain on the designated tracks to protect the local fauna and flora.
- Here at SeaLink Whitsundays we leave nothing behind and dispose of all rubbish responsibly.
- We make sure to never feed or leave food available for wildlife.
The following are some of the initiatives that SeaLink Whitsundays is currently undertaking on the mainland:
- A preference for goods and services that have lower energy, waste, and emissions associated with their operations, goods, and services.
- We purchase local products to reduce transport emissions and support local businesses.
- Working with local small businesses for catering to support local companies.
- Lighting within the terminal and offices are all energy efficient and are turned off when not in use.
- Equipment is maintained to obtain optimal operation e.g. our A/C systems across all land-based operations.
- Digital ticketing implementation to reduce paper usage.
- Non-disposable items (cutlery, plates, and containers) are utilised in the office kitchen.
- All paper is recycled.
- Increase e-marketing and online feedback submissions.
- Measure, manage and report our sustainability performance through Earth Check, which covers energy consumption, Greenhouse emissions, water consumption, and landfill waste and focuses on ways to improve scores
SeaLink Whitsunday is always looking into other options to improve its environmental footprint and exploring other sustainable options to support the community.
SeaLink Marine & Tourism’s environmental achievements from around Australia also includes:
- SeaLink North Queensland achieving Ecotourism Certification for its popular tours, Nature Tourism Certified for its ferry services to Magnetic and Palm Islands, and Respecting Our Culture Certified for recognition of their work with local Traditional Owners
- SeaLink K’gari (Fraser Island)’s Ecotourism Australia certification for its environmental, cultural and community programs at Kingfisher Bay Resort
- SeaLink South Australia’s commitment to Kangaroo Island partnering with Flinders University’s Citizen Science Passport 2 Recovery program following the devastating 2019-20 bushfires and its grassroots CommunityLink Program
- SeaLink Sydney Harbour reducing ocean plastic in a partnership between SeaBin and Captain Cook Cruises
To choose eco-friendly and responsible operators keep an eye out for the ECO certified logo.