Secret Bay – Dominica, Caribbean
The Caribbean’s Mesoamerican Reef is the second largest reef in the world, stretching 600 miles along the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. This important natural resource functions as both a habitat for the vibrant array of marine life that call it home, and source of livelihood for the coastal communities that depend on it. But the future of this sensitive ecosystem is in question, with more than half of the reef currently in poor to critical condition due to a variety of threats from climate change to marine pollution. The small Caribbean island of Dominica is doing their part to help. Nicknamed Nature Island, Dominica is widely seen as a global leader in sustainability, with some of the most aggressive policies for combatting the threads of climate change and plastic pollution. Secret Bay, a small six-villa resort on Dominica, is pitching in to help, and encouraging guests to do the same. Alongside local experts, including naturalists, scientists and fishermen, visitors can roll up their sleeves to support rainforest restoration efforts or take part in a coastal survey and beach cleanup. In exchange for these small heroic acts of “voluntourism,” Secret Bay will even add a complimentary night to participating guests’ stays.