Five Winter Vacations—Nature Conservancy Style
Want to be ahead of the curve when it comes to your vacation destination? Explore one of these five exquisite spots where the Conservancy works. It’ll be an adventure you’ll never forget—and will likely brag about for years!
This exotic destination boasts one of the world’s richest coral reefs; the astonishing spectrum of rare sea creatures makes for unrivaled snorkeling and diving. It’s all a shark sanctuary. Want to stay above the waterline? Palau was made for kayaking, with hundreds of deserted bays and lagoons surrounded by calm turquoise waters. The Conservancy is hard at work to keep these reefs vibrant in the face of climate change.
Andros Island, Bahamas
Considered the Bahamian Outback, Andros Island is the bonefishing capital of the world. Ringed with barely touched white-sand beaches, this sparsely populated island is renowned for its scuba diving. Working alongside local organizations, the Conservancy is helping to develop an island-wide network of national parks.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Fringed with powder white beaches, the pristine coral reefs of this archipelago are a diver’s dream, with their outrageous abundance of tropical sea life. Rent a small boat and make your own discoveries at the many spectacular beaches dotting the nearby shoals and cays. The Conservancy is partnering with the government and people of the region to protect these extraordinary reefs, critical to local livelihoods.
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Off the beaten path in southern Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula is an animal lover’s heaven, where tapirs, sloths and monkeys are commonplace. Stay in one of the luxurious eco-lodges staffed by their own experienced guides who will lead you through the rainforest’s unmarked trails. Osa’s remote location leaves the nearby beaches indulgently uncrowded. The Conservancy and its partners are working to create a 100,000-acre biological corridor in the region between the lush Piedras Blancas and Corcovado National Parks.
Kafue National Park, Zambia
At this national park the size of Massachusetts, lions, leopards and cheetahs are seen almost as often as the enormous herds of antelope for which the park is celebrated. If it’s birding you’re after, there are plenty of places in the world that boast of their 200 or so bird species. At Kafue, however, we’re talking more than 400. To protect this global treasure, the Conservancy is providing training in conservation management to our local partners.