Our aim is to support sustainable tourism

save the exceptional beauty of bali's nature

and preserve the unique balinese culture

To respect and be one in nature is one of our major topics at Balitrees, that's why we feel honored and proud to be part of the Villa de Monde label, a large network of model touristic destinations and initiatives. They created a label that valorizes sustainable benefits and contributions from our accommodation to the ecological and socio-economic sustainable development of our community. This label also certifies an accommodation's quality, authenticity, activities, Eco-responsibility, equity, and pride. It is a genuine guarantee of quality for travelers and a distinctive brand.

Also, we decided to join the TRASH HERO INDONESIA and support their Zero WASTE movement. This non-profit organization brings people all over the world together to clean the environment and to educate about our influence on the environment. Being part of this movement, we now bring villagers and retreats guests together on sundays to pick up big trash bags and eliminate everything that does not belong to nature!

Tourism in Bali

Bali is known to be a favorite spot for surfers and yogis but more and more backpackers and tourists find their way to the so called 'island of gods'. In the past years it has become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, mostly because it is a safe tropical island with an average year around temperature of 27C (80F),lots of untouched nature and it's rich, breath-taking culture. Nevertheless, the balinese population, expats and visitors have become aware of this and the interest in creating a sustainable tourism is growing as well. Especially in the south of the island, the typical effects of a fast growing tourist industry can be observed and hotels, bars and shops appear rapidly. That is why the location of your holiday has a high impact on your experience so it depends on your interest and you should consciously choose, where you want to stay

Our team at Balitrees and the villagers support the idea of welcoming foreigners whilst passing knowledge to them that can be essential for their travel. We believe that collectively, we can find a 'healthy' way so that tourism in bali develops in a right, well-balanced direction. We believe that tourism can be sustainable, if foreigners agree to travel with a certain idea, respect and the consciousness to preserve what's important: the nature, the inhabitants and the culture of Bali.

 

We want to be a part of the solution, not the problem and keep the ecological footprints of visitors as small as possible. That's why we offer personal service that can provide needful information in a handy format so you can come prepared and help us in terms of Bali's future!

Hereby we concentrate on the following factors developed by TIES (The International Ecotourism Society):

  • minimize impact

  • build environmental and cultural awareness and respect

  • provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts

  • provide direct financial benefits for conservation

  • provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people

  • raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental and social climate

The Definition

Ecotourism is now defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education" (TIES, 2015).  Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests.

 

Principles of Ecotourism

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement, participate in and market ecotourism activities should adopt the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.

  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.

  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.

  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.

  • Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.

  • Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climates.

  • Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities.

  • Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment.

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ABOUT US

Balitrees is a cooperation of the local Ashram 'Perguruan Seruling Dewata' and the villagers of Sesandan. Besides offering cultural travel, together we aim to preserve the ancient balinese 'Yoga Watukaru', support the local community and to contribute to sustainable tourism in Bali.

FIND US HERE

Balitrees Retreats

Sedandan Megati, Selemadeg Timur, Tabanan Sub-District, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82162, Indonesia

 

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