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Ecotourism in Hawaii

written by: Meg C.•edited by: Niki Fears•updated: 8/14/2009

Environmentally conscious travelers don't have to give up luxurious resort vacations. There are plenty of green travel options in Hawaii to choose from. Enjoy nature's finest at one of these amazing eco-friendly Hawaiian resorts.

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    Green travel is becoming more and more popular with those seeking to live a sustainable lifestyle. Traditional travel is very wasteful and harmful to the environment. It is hard for eco-friendly travelers to justify vacationing when their travel wreaks havoc on the environment. Luckily, there are more and more green travel venues to choose from. Ecotourists can travel to Hawaii and enjoy a lot of green travel options.

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    Hana Maui Bed and Breakfast

    Rugged travelers that love to revel in nature will love the Hana Maui Bed and Breakfast. No harmful chemicals are used at this resort, so you may see some bugs. However, you can pick your own tropical fruit and just relax in one of the most eco-friendly bed and breakfasts in all of Hawaii. Solar energy and gas are used as fuel options in the resort chalet. There are plenty of places to eat, swim, and hike surrounding this resort area.

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    Volcano Heart Vacation Rental

    Volcano Heart Vacation Rental is ran by the same individuals that run the Hana Maui Bed and Breakfast. This rental is secluded and private and is situated in a residential area. This lodge was built using green construction principles, and the lodge also boasts energy efficient lighting and appliances. This eco-friendly Hawaiian resort is also situated at an elevation of 3,500 feet. There are plenty of interesting things to do in the area besides relaxing. These ecotourism activity options include visiting orchid gardens, bonsai orchards, and much more. There’s plenty of hiking and you are also less than 5 miles away from the active volcano.

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    Green Travel Tips

    If you’re sold on the green travel options in Hawaii, but are still hesitant to book your reservation because you are concerned about how air travel affects the environment you are in luck. Certain airlines allow you to purchase carbon credits to offset the emissions in the atmosphere caused by air travel. The money you give the airline will be spent on environmentally friendly projects such as planting trees. Taking a relaxing green travel break in luxurious Hawaii can be green all the way. While at your destination, travel by foot or public transportation to further minimize your carbon emissions.