At Broome Whale Watching we do everything we can to ensure that we are making as little environmental impact as possible, to keep the whales, dolphins and other marine life that we see on our tours as happy and healthy as possible. We’re proud to be the only marine tour operator in Broome that has an Eco Plus Accreditation Award and are certified Carbon Neutral.
Sustainability is key to the operations of our business and we have numerous initiatives to ensure that Broome Whale Watching is environmentally friendly and sustainable so that future generations can enjoy the same amazing natural habitats that we are lucky enough to have today.
- Single-use plastic free – our boat has been single-use plastic free since July 2017 and our guests are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles onboard, or purchase an aluminium Broome Whale Watching drinks bottle. The profits from our drinks bottles go to the Roebuck Bay Working Group, a local not-for-profit involved in the monitoring of local wildlife and habitat conservation.
- Carbon neutral – through our partnership with Carbon Neutral, we are proud to offset our carbon through their Biodiversity Carbon Offset Scheme. Through this scheme, our guests know that they are not generating any greenhouse gases through their tour, which are known to be causing lots of problems for our ocean and its inhabitants. This scheme is replanting native forest in southern Western Australia, which is a reintroduction site for endangered native species.
- Eco Plus Accreditation – an award for operators that demonstrate a level of environmental management over and above the requirements of the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program.
- Boat engines – engines on our Ballena sailing catamaran meet the highest Euro 6 Standards, meaning that they are incredibly quiet, causing minimal disturbance to marine life, as well as being extremely fuel efficient.
- Dugong, whale and dolphin interaction licences – Broome Whale Watching is the only marine tour provider in Broome to hold a dugong interaction licence, so can provide unique access to these animals during our Eco Tour. We are very strict about obeying the guidelines set out by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, ensuring that any wildlife we encounter is not distressed by our presence.
- Solar-powered vessel – the solar panels on our Ballena catamaran provide us with all of our on-board electricity requirements throughout the day.
- ‘Nothing Overboard’ policy – we ensure that all items that are lost overboard from Ballena are retrieved, and endeavour to collect any items of litter that are encountered while we are on our tour.
- Wildlife rescue – Broome Whale Watching partakes in the rescue and rehabilitation of injured sea turtles.
Supporting Our Local Community
BWW support numerous community organisations both locally and Australia wide through sponsorship. Events and programs include; Local School fundraisers; Police Legacy Ball; Royal Flying Doctor Service; Red Faces Variety Show (Adelaide), Spirit FM Mother’s Day radio competition and Mud & Salt Water Film Festival.
Environs Kimberley is the peak conservation organisation for the Kimberley region. Their fundraising efforts are supported annually through BWW sponsorship of their Art Auction. Sponsorship is also provided to The Mud and Saltwater Film Festival run by the RBWG, which focuses on the seascape of Roebuck Bay and the Kimberley Coast.
BWW sponsors Department of Parks & Wildlife school holiday program. Every July, children from our local community enjoy a free eco-cruise on board ‘Ballena’, witnessing the annual migration of humpback whales. This is a way to give back to the community, fostering an understanding in local children of the region’s unique environmental values.
“Where is Spotty & Where is Snubby?’ are one of Broome’s most popular radio competition hosted by Spirit FM 102.9. It is in its 7th year of offering and involves “hiding” Spotty the whale or Snubby in local businesses which are identified by a series of clues. When found, the winner receives a free Broome Whale Watching voucher for two people on board ‘Ballena’. If you are travelling to or within Broome, don’t forget to listen in to Spirit FM Radio 102.9 for clues to win!