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Varadero, The Heroic Reef

Ocean Guardian Opportunity Varadero

“Show me a hero, and I will write you a tragedy” – F. Scott Fitzgerald The Earth is undergoing a period of accelerated human impact, the scale of which threatens the life-supporting systems of the biosphere. Extinction rates now exceed background rates by up to 1000 times. Tropical coastal areas are particularly vulnerable to excessive…

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10 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint While on Vacation

Pristine beach in Costa Rica

As we globally celebrate World Ocean’s Day this week, you may be looking for a plastic-free, eco-friendly mantra to live by and a place to practice it. Here’s a mantra for you: pura vida. It means “pure life” in Spanish. And if you really want to learn what it means and how to live it,…

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The Differences Between Chemical and Mineral Sunscreens

Protect your skin in Costa RIca

Not all sunscreens are created equal. Lots of sunscreens today are made with harmful ingredients. Some of these may have negative effects on those that use them or cause damage to our environment. The best sunscreen decision you need to make But over the past few years, a new attitude toward sunscreen protection has developed.…

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The Bodhi Wave Documentary Production Begins!

Hannah Walsh and Jazeen Hollings

The Bodhi Wave documentary film crew members, Jazeen Hollings and Hannah Walsh, arrived to Bahia Ballena at the beginning of December and launched right into production tasks: getting to know the area and Bodhi Surf’s service, scoping out potential film sites, attempting to shepherd all the Bodhi owners into one place for a meeting, meeting…

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Global Water Stewardship: International Solutions to Global Issues

GWS in Dominicalito, Costa Rica

As any dedicated wastewater treatment engineer does when traveling, Global Water Stewardship (GWS) founder Mohammed Haque asked, “So what do you do with your wastewater here?” on his first visit to Costa Rica in 2013. The answer was sobering, particularly in light of the abundant natural beauty and environmental diversity for which Costa Rica is…

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CREST: On a Journey to Transform the Way the World Travels

Center for Responsible Travel logo

The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) has been both inspiring us and supporting us for many years now. For their work in the tourism industry, and having to do with coastal tourism in particular, makes them undoubted Ocean Guardians. We want to thank them for all they do to drive our industry forward, and for their unwavering support of…

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Driving Community Change with Geospatial Technologies

Geoporter Osa Costa Rica

Geoporter is a non-profit that works to place geospatial technologies in the hands of residents to investigate community resources and issues. Geospatial technologies involve GPS, satellite imagery, and computerized mapping, enabling community residents to access information and data to make critical decisions. Residents from communities of any size are involved from start to finish in…

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How Responsible Tourism Supports Human Rights

Bodhi Surf community projects

This is the conclusion of an eight-part series that examines how Bodhi Surf School ranks as an ecotourism destination; read parts six and seven, here. Throughout this series, we have analyzed how successfully Bodhi Surf School has embodied the principles of Ecotourism, as outlined by Martha Honey in “Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise?”…

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The Making of The Bodhi Wave Documentary

The Bodhi Wave documentary poster

Read about The Bodhi Wave, a documentary being made in 2016-17 by Canadian indie filmmaker, Jazeen Hollings, in her own words! The Bodhi Wave is an environmental/travel documentary focused on the lives, ambitions, and struggles of the four-change makers of Bodhi Surf School. But there will be more on that later. I think it’s appropriate…

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