From exploring the coast on a catamaran to swimming with dolphins, Ko Olina Ocean Adventures in Kapolei believes that there’s no better way to experience Hawaii than on the sea. Committed to environmental stewardship, this local community leader is committed to educating guests on sustainability and global preservation. For this reason, Ko Olina Ocean Adventures is proud to be HEA certified.
With millions of visitors annually, it’s important to conserve Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources. The HEA Sustainable Tourism Certificate Program, offered through the Hawaii Ecotourism Association (HEA), is a rigorous comprehensive assessment program that ensures commercial tour operators do so responsibly.
Founded in 1995, the HEA is dedicated to protecting Hawaii’s unique natural environment through the promotion of responsible sustainable tourism and educational programs. This organization defines sustainable tourism as the practice of maximizing social and economic benefits while preserving and improving the Aloha State’s natural, cultural, and human assets.
Applicants who qualify for this certification must meet a minimum set of sustainability practices that positively affect natural and cultural resources, contribute to conservation efforts, and help sustain local communities. Ko Olina Ocean Adventures receives continuous training on ecotourism business practices that ensure a safe aquatic experience and minimal environmental impact.
This environmentally friendly company takes its role as ho ‘okipa (hospitable host) seriously. Their team follows ethical principles that respect Hawaii’s culture and environment, as well as the traditional way of life. From snorkeling to catamaran sailing and whale watching, all ecotourism activities are conducted with high regard for marine life and the environment.
If you’re interested in interacting with nature while learning more about Hawaii’s history and environmental significance, book an ecotourism tour with Ko Olina Ocean Adventures. Turn nature into your classroom while enjoying breathtaking views of the island on a catamaran cruise, swimming with dolphins and turtles in their natural habitat, and more. Make your reservation today by visiting their website or calling (808) 396-2068.