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October 1, 2017

Sri Lanka’s Mangroves

Written by Kylie Barton

Sri Lanka is an absolute gem, with its long sweeping sandy coastlines, interesting tea plantations, and exotic flora and fauna. One of the most magical things about Sri Lanka is its abundance of mangroves.

The shallow, shore-hugging waters that dot the landscape provide the perfect…

March 20, 2017

Continuing the Legacy of Sharkwater

Written By Kylie Barton

Sharkwater is an important documentary created by Rob Stewart, which aims to dismantle the harmful stereotype of the shark which is ultimately leading to its demise. It is with great sadness that the world learned at the beginning of February, the man who devoted his…

September 28, 2016

Coral Gardening to Combat Bleaching

Written By Kylie Barton

The South Pacific region is famed for its glorious corals, but as we can see from the decline of the Great Barrier Reef which has depleted by fifty per cent, these structures need our protection.

Coral bleaching is something which occurs when corals experience severe changes…

March 3, 2016

Our story. On the ground during Cyclone Winston

Written by Kirsty Barnby

Bula from Fiji! We are still smiling!

We at Island Spirit have worked alongside these island villages for over six years. We are raising money after Fiji was battered by the strongest recorded cyclone in the Southern hemisphere, category 5 Cyclone Winston, on 20th February 2016.

We…

December 16, 2013

Sustainable Tourism in Fiji is on the rise

Written by Kylie Barton

With the encroaching aid cuts, sustainable tourism in Fiji is an increasingly hot topic, and Island Spirit are at the forefront of the campaign to maximise the sustainability of all tourism in Fiji and to conserve the natural environment and help Fijian’s find alternative

November 18, 2013

Power to empower!

Written by Kylie Barton

In our last post we discussed the ability of mobile technology to aid development and empower local populations, but this depends on innovative energy solutions – like solar power for example. So now here at Island Spirit we want to look at how such sustainable…

‘A Future dependent on Responsible Tourism’ – Let’s all play a part

Written by Kylie Barton

As organisations across the sector prepare to gather for World Responsible Tourism Day this week in association with the United Nations World Tourist Organisation (UNWTO), we here at Island Spirit thought we would take a little look at what is on the agenda this year.

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October 24, 2013

Bouma National Heritage Park in Fiji

Written by Kirsty Barnby

Protected areas such as the Bouma National Heritage Park that have little active management and are under some threat from expanding small-scale subsistence and cash-crop agriculture – especially kava (yagona), is our priority. Here at Island Spirit we take our guests deep into the forest to experience…

Worm farms and organic fertilisers in Fiji

Worm farmsA new project for our partner village and any that want to get involved. Organic fertilisers are in the pipeline too.

We’re growing green fingers!

 

 

November 9, 2012

How to be Small Fry at the World Travel Market

Written by Kirsty Barnby

I entered the hustle and bustle of the WTM Excel Arena event shoulder-to-shoulder with hundreds of billion dollar companies such as: Virgin Travel, Emirates, Trip Advisor, Best Western and the like.

We were all bees to a honey pot and to say I felt like…