In 2000, we became the first recipient of the SmartVoyager ecological certification. This voluntary program sets strict conservation standards, and we have continued to comply with — and exceed — the parameters by installing a system to produce our own fresh water onboard, and implementing a waste management and recycling program. We have also become involved with, or spearheaded, a number of important sustainability funds and supported a number of ecological and social programs.

In 2017, Ecoventura together with the Charles Darwin Foundation and Galápagos National Park Service established the Galápagos Biodiversity & Education for Sustainability Fund to benefit the Charles Darwin Foundation and programs to support research and conservation projects related to biodiversity conservation, such as research and monitoring trips, community outreach, scientific equipment, GNPD boat maintenance and equipment, as well as to support projects related to education for sustainability, including scholarships for local Galapagueños to study at a local or national university.

Through our partnerships with Ecology Project International and Pack for a Purpose, we also help to support the local community through donated supplies, scholarships for Galapagueño students, and community outreach.

We seek the integration of values and principles associated with sustainable development in our operational processes and believe that sustainability is the key element that will allow tourism to continue to be a great contribution to the Galapagos economy. We constantly maintain economic relations with suppliers from the Galápagos Islands. Due to this, 30 % of the total produce used in our menus comes from the Galapagos. Mainly Fruits and vegetables are from San Cristobal Island and meats, seafood and dairy from Santa Cruz Island; 48% of our menu is completely organic.

Galápagos Biodiversity & Education for Sustainability Fund - Charles Darwin Foundation

In the summer of 2017, Ecoventura established the Galápagos Biodiversity & Education for Sustainability Fund in a groundbreaking partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galápagos National Park Service. This collective effort is focused on protecting the rare wildlife and flora found nowhere else on Earth, and preserving our unparalleled ecosystem for future generations.

Ecology Project International

Ecology Project International seeks to instill a deep sense of responsibility for, and dedication to, the Galápagos Islands in the next generation. Ecoventura has supported this non-profit NGO since 2006 in its mission to empower local youth to engage in conservation efforts through field ecology courses and research programs. And since 2014, we’ve offered a mentoring cruise to even further our commitment. Current students and Ecology Project International alumni monitor green sea turtles and Galápagos giant tortoises, and engage the community with documentary film screenings and beach clean-up initiatives.

Pack for A Purpose

Almost every member of our team is an Ecuadorian national—and approximately 65 percent calls the Galápagos home—making our support of the local community a priority. By teaming up with the non-profit Pack for a Purpose organization, we encourage guests to bring five pounds of supplies to donate upon arrival to communities in need.

Island Conservation

By annually donating one cabin from the Origin or Theory, Ecoventura supports Island Conservation projects to increase biodiversity and improve human livelihoods through the removal of invasive rodents and feral cats. Once free of invasive predators, the island will also be suitable for the reintroduction of up to 13 locally-extinct wildlife species.

Galapagos Conservation Trust

Since 2017, Ecoventura donates one cabin per year to GCT’s Garden Ocean Party annual raffle. The funds raised in this event go towards helping fund the Galapagos dive field trip which takes place every September. Researchers carry out ultrasounds on wild female whale sharks and the results, along with blood and tissue samples, are helping to build up a picture of whale shark biology and help to discover how, where and when these endangered whale sharks are giving birth which is important for their conservation.