Coral Bay - Travellers Behaving Badly.

Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2018

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

What are they thinking - or not? We know first hand that all travellers like to save a buck - but not in the process being blatantly illegal and trashing the environment they are visiting.

Coral Bay is a real gem. The authorities (sometimes misguided) and most of the locals are trying to present this little community it in the best light for visitors and preserve for the future.

Mostly when we are travelling we find our fellow travellers are very aware of not abusing the privilege and try to minimize the impact on the environment or culture where they are guests. Unfortunately in our time here we have almost been brought to tears of anger, at some of the antics. Check out the photo's which are just a selection of many. Fires on the beach are so irresponsible and many have bottles thrown in them which break and usually the idiots lighting the fires cover, or partially cover, the fire with sand when they leave. This produces such a dangerous cocktail for barefooted beach goers - broken glass and hot coals - imagine what it does to the hands of a little kid digging in the sand? Then the final insult - the tide comes in and (if conscientious Coral Bay residents have not cleaned up) drags the lot out into our pristine Coral Reef.

Check out the pics of travellers totally ignoring the signs and again, these are just a sample.

Then we encounter quite often guests who have done the right thing by registering in a park, but during their stay they have collected a heap of shells, it is not permitted to remove shells from any beach, let alone inside a marine park, yet when they drive off, they leave the shells on site. It simply defies logic.

Can anyone fill us in on why smokers believe butts look good on the ground? Even our smoker friends here are horrified by the butt dropping attitude. The strange thing is these same people are coming here to admire our wildlife (and pristine environment) and yet killing off our reptiles, birds and fish every time one mistakes these toxic bombshells as food. Not to mention the illegal camping scaring off the wildlife and destroying habitat.

Council have now appointed a part time Ranger and erected warning signs and while clearly the situation has improved, there is still a problem. We would also like to ask fellow travellers to actively encourage others to leave a location they have enjoyed, in a better condition than when they arrived, to enhance the experience for themselves and those to follow.

While we could go on and on about this depressing topic, we would prefer to write about more positive travel experiences. So onwards.
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