Thriving in Nature: Eco-tourism and Wildlife in Malta

By November 30, 2023 January 18th, 2024 No Comments

There’s a type of tourism that’s been gaining traction over the past couple of years in Malta — eco-tourism.

What is eco-tourism?

Eco-tourism focuses on visiting unique and endangered natural habitats to aid conservation while observing wildlife.

Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta is home to several diverse natural habitats, both above and below the water’s surface.

This makes it the ideal destination for travellers looking to explore natural wonders responsibly. 

Exploring Malta’s eco-tourism, we’ll delve into its awe-inspiring landscapes and explore how eco-tourism is transforming the travel experience. 

Why is Malta The Ideal Eco-tourism Destination? 

Malta’s captivating natural landscapes and rich biodiversity make it an ideal haven for eco-conscious explorers. 

What sets Malta apart as a leading eco-tourism destination is its compact yet diverse terrain, encompassing everything from dramatic coastlines and rugged cliffs to serene valleys and protected marine areas.

As an eco-tourist visiting Malta, you can expect to immerse yourself in the island’s natural beauty through hiking scenic trails, observing diverse wildlife, snorkelling in crystal-clear waters, and discovering unique ecosystems that highlight the importance of conservation efforts.

However, the island’s commitment to the environment goes beyond its ecosystem. 

Malta promotes eco-tourism by advocating eco-friendly accommodations and transport powered by renewable energy. 

Public transport is free for residents, and incentives are offered for electric vehicle adoption. 

There are many ongoing environmental campaigns to instil local awareness while strict regulations protect natural habitats and marine life. 

Governmental support for eco-friendly businesses and tourism initiatives focusing on cultural heritage and environmental activities showcases Malta’s comprehensive sustainability efforts.

Exploring Malta Eco-tourism Marvels

Għadira Nature Reserve: A stunning wetland reserve known for its role as a breeding ground for various bird species in Malta, offering a tranquil haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.

Salina National Park: Nestled near the tourist area of Bugibba, this park features salt pans and is a breeding ground for native bird species. It boasts diverse plant species, enriching the reserve’s ecological significance.

Ramla Bay Nature Reserve: Located on Gozo, Malta’s sister island, Ramla Bay’s beach and dunes are crucial nesting sites for the spotted Loggerhead turtle, contributing significantly to their conservation.

Gozo’s Inland Sea: A stunning coastal lagoon linked to the sea through a natural arch, perfect for snorkelling and admiring underwater caves.

Majjistral Nature and History Park: Unveiling rugged coastlines and diverse wildlife, this sprawling reserve showcases Malta’s natural beauty and historical significance.

Comino Island: Offering crystal-clear waters ideal for snorkelling amid thriving marine life, Comino invites exploration of its pristine environment.

Buskett Gardens: A serene retreat amidst green landscapes, perfect for leisurely strolls and embracing Malta’s lush tranquillity.

Dingli Cliffs: Providing panoramic views of the Mediterranean, these cliffs offer breathtaking vistas and a deep connection to Malta’s natural splendour.

Are you looking for information focused on Malta’s marine environment and related activities?

We have a dedicated blog, Malta’s Underwater World: Diving into Rich Marine Diversity, in which we’ve included all the best spots for exploring the island’s marine life. 

Activities for Eco-tourists

Snorkelling: Explore Malta’s vibrant marine life while ensuring minimal impact on the underwater ecosystem.

Diving: Discover underwater marvels in clear Mediterranean waters, respecting marine habitats.

Hiking: Wander through picturesque trails, embracing Malta’s diverse landscapes and rich biodiversity.

Birdwatching: Observe indigenous bird species in their natural habitats at designated nature reserves.

Coastal Walks: Enjoy leisurely walks along the coastline, immersing in Malta’s stunning natural beauty.

Guided Tours: Engage in eco-conscious guided tours highlighting Malta’s diverse ecosystems and conservation efforts.

Cycling: Embark on eco-friendly cycling tours, exploring the islands’ natural beauty while minimising environmental impact.

Visiting Organic Farms: Explore organic farms, learn about sustainable agriculture practices and support local, eco-friendly produce.

Responsible Travel Tips

Responsible and ecotravel are two sides of the same coin.

To be a responsible traveller, don’t forget to:

  • Choose eco-friendly transport options
  • Respect wildlife and habitats
  • Minimise plastic use
  • Support local businesses embracing sustainability
  • Stay on designated trails and dispose of waste properly
  • Engage in conservation activities to protect Malta’s natural beauty

Discover Eco-Conscious Hospitality at ST Hotels

Visiting Malta for its nature or looking for sustainable accommodation? Make sure you choose 

ST Hotels for a responsible stay.

Our hotels are all conveniently near public transport and amenities — meaning you can reduce your environmental impact by choosing more eco-conscious transport options such as buses, biking, and walking. 

We also prioritise energy efficiency, waste reduction, and local sourcing, ensuring our eco-friendly practices give our guests a comfortable, environmentally responsible stay while contributing to a greener experience while exploring Malta.Looking for more information? Contact us for further details, or book your room today.

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