Where to Go on Your Next Eco-conscious Trip, According to Travel Experts

These five destinations put conservation first — and deliver unforgettable travel experiences, from a rewilding lodge in South Australia to a luxe hideaway in Bora Bora.

Tourists are visiting the beautiful nature park, Plitvice lakes and waterfalls.
Travelers explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. Photo: Getty Images

Eco-friendly travel doesn't have to mean foregoing comforts or traveling to far-away destinations—although for many travelers, that's certainly part of the appeal. We asked five A-List travel advisors for their favorite destinations making a real difference in sustainable travel. Their answers span the globe, celebrate creative problem-solving, and inspire us to book a trip ASAP.

Arkaba Conservancy in Australia

"This former sheep-station turned private wildlife conservancy in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges shows guests a successful example of rewilding over-grazed pastoral lands. The recovery of the environment has been nothing short of amazing, with many species thought to be rare or extinct in the region now appearing after 30 to 40 years. Impressive numbers of kangaroos, emus, and other native wildlife now live here." — Drew Kluska, the Tailor Travel

Places to Stay in South Australia - Arkaba Conservancy
The homestead in the Arkaba Conservancy. Luke Hanson/Courtesy of Arkaba Conservancy

Kopački Rit Nature Park in Croatia

"I organize bird-watching visits to the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Kopački Rit Nature Park, some of the most important preserved wetlands in Europe." — Wanda S. Radetti, Tasteful Croatian Journeys

The Brando in French Polynesia

"This hideaway on the private island of Tetiaroa continues to amaze me with their commitment to conservation and sustainability. The Brando and InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa are the first two hotels in the world to utilize the innovative, eco-friendly Sea Water Air Conditioning (SWAC) system, which uses deep-sea water for air-conditioning needs." — Kristen Korey Pike, KK Travels Worldwide

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort
The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa in French Polynesia. Courtesy of InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Sangha Lodge in the Central African Republic

"The seven-bungalow Sangha Lodge in the Dzanga Ndoki National Park is one of my favorite place to stay: Its parent company, the Congo Conservation Company, is dedicated to low-impact tourism and has a strong positive impact on local conservation efforts. Guests there can see forest elephants and buffalo take mud baths in the Dzanga Bai, a mineral deposit in the middle of the jungle." — Chris Liebenberg, Piper & Heath

Boat on the water at sunset at Sangha Lodge
A boating excursion returns to Sangha Lodge, located on the Sangha River. Courtesy of Sangha Lodge

The Galápagos Islands

"This is the best destination you can visit for a truly eco-conscious trip. Tourism is what allows these islands to survive and to remain protected, and by booking with responsible tour operators, you know your visit helps this region continue to thrive for future generations. Ecoventura and Royal Galapagos are eco-conscious ship operators that ensure their cruises and their guests have a positive impact on the natural wildlife." — Erin Correia, Adventure Life

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