We are proud to partner with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassador’s of the Environment program to provide our guests the opportunity to learn more about the diverse ecosystems and cultural traditions that exist around our hotels and resorts. Whether traveling as a couple, family or group, these exciting eco-adventures are designed for kids and adults alike. Join our experts for an intimate whale watching expedition, hike through the rainforests of Hawaii or help gather wild plants to feed the endangered Blue Iguana. Through exploration and active study, each unique program strives to foster a greater understanding of local habitats and their connection to the larger global system.
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program also offers a range of environmental activities for guests of all ages with trained naturalists. Discover organic gardening beds with herbs, fruits, and vegetables on the Garden Tour in Laguna Niguel. Snorkel among Maui’s beautiful coral reefs and participate in underwater photography sessions. Or experience unique Caribbean eco-tours in Grand Cayman where the islands’ ecological resources become a natural classroom and living laboratory in which adults, families and kids learn while having so much fun, they’ll never imagine it’s educational.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Please note Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment will be closed August 31st to November 1st, 2012.
Hidden away in the western Caribbean Sea, 150 miles south of Cuba and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman resort is located on an archipelago of three picturesque islands – Cayman Brac, Little Cayman and the more prominent and decidedly larger Grand Cayman. First sighted by famed explorer Christopher Columbus on his final voyage to the New World in 1503, The Cayman Islands are named for the Spanish term from crocodile – caiman. Today, the Cayman Islands are still the ultimate destination for the adventurer at heart. Boasting the famous Seven Mile Beach, crystal clear Caribbean waters and a near endless variety of marine life, Cayman Islands resorts are a tropical paradise for divers, snorkelers, fishermen and water sports enthusiasts alike.
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment introduces guests to the natural wonders and rich cultural traditions of the Cayman Islands. Throughout these unique Caribbean eco-tours, the islands’ ecological resources become a natural classroom and living laboratory in which adults, families and kids learn while having so much fun, they’ll never imagine it’s educational. Through exploration and active study, Ambassadors have meaningful experiences that imbue them with a deep appreciation and respect for nature, as well as an understanding of how to live more environmentally responsibly back home. At the heart of these Grand Cayman eco-tours are four principles: everything is connected; there is no waste in nature; everything runs on energy; and biodiversity is good.
Each Grand Cayman Ambassadors of the Environment adventure begins upon arrival at our Heritage House, a traditional island cottage showcasing Caymanian culture. The building is surrounded with innovative examples of ecologically responsible living, including native flora, edible landscaping and alternative energy exhibits. This is the setting for the discovery of sustainable living, eco-friendly construction, efficient energy use and leading-edge sustainable practices.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui
This legendary hotel in Maui, Hawaii, is located on the western edge of the island, a paradise Hawaiians call the “Island of the Sun.” Kapalua can be loosely translated as “arms embracing the sea,” which refers to the resort’s dramatic lava peninsulas.
Combine nature’s playground, various golf courses, and a host of recreational activities on land, in the air and in the water, you’ll soon discover that there’s no shortage of things to do in Maui. Explore beautiful white-sand beaches, mountain springs and captivating surroundings that make-up this island paradise. From hiking and biking to snorkeling and parasailing, whether your idea of relaxing is remaining active or lounging by the water, when you’re in Maui, things to do are just steps away this world-renowned Kapalua hotel.