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Earth Day is April 22, so we've turned our attention to ecotourist hot spots around the globe. For environmentally-conscious travelers a "green vacation" is the only way to go — luckily, it's easier than ever to travel responsibly and have a fabulous trip to boot. We've found four deals in some of the world's most pristine destinations: Pick between air-land deals to Borneo or Botswana that start at just $1,492, a hotel package in Dominica from $199/night per person with a slew of freebies, or an Antarctica cruise with savings of up to $2,550! For more information on ecotourism, check out the and our .
Behold the natural bounty of Borneo for $1,492
Borneo, a captivating island off the coast of Malaysia, is one of the best-kept secrets on the ecotourist circuit. With its incredible natural bounty of dense-forest trails, lush wetlands, and rare animals, this unique spot is a joy to discover. With the Asian Affair Holidays package we found, you can combine a beach fling with some nature discovery for $1,492. This seven-night jaunt includes airfare with transfers, lodging with daily breakfast, and a couple of tours. The quoted price is valid for travel from San Francisco or Los Angeles through May ($1,616 from New York); later departures through mid-July cost $1,855 and $1,915, respectively. The price covers a two-night sojourn in Singapore on the way to and from Borneo, a city tour, and a five-night stay in Borneo at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort or Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort, both four-star seaside properties. The Borneo portion of the trip also includes a full-day tour to the stunning Coral Island, with lunch.
Dominica's wealth of eco-delights from $199/night
For pristine aquatic life, stellar whale-watching, and prime rainforest hiking, head to Dominica, the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean." You can explore the many green delights of this ecotourist haven while staying at one of the island's most praised boutique properties. Jungle Bay Resort & Spa offers a package for $199/night per person with lodging in a deluxe cottage, airport transfers, all meals and fresh juices, half-hour daily spa treatments, yoga classes, and daily hikes and activities (mountain biking, ocean kayaking, snorkeling, and rainforest hikes). Of the property, The New York Times writes, "Perhaps no hotel on the island captures that sense of the wilderness better than Jungle Bay, an ecolodge on a 55-acre site filled with lush white cedar, almond, and gomier trees." This price is valid during the low season from August to October; it goes up to $229 for spring and late fall, and $249 for winter stays.
Sail to Antarctica next winter for a song
If an arctic chill is more appealing than tropical heat, why not visit the White Continent this year? It's too cold to travel to Antarctica now, but come next winter expedition cruises will again start carrying passengers to this last great frontier. If you book your white adventure now, you'll save a bundle! Case in point: Adventure Smith Explorations' Classic Antarctica sailing next December saves you up to $2,550 per person. This 12-day odyssey begins and ends in Argentina's Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town. From here you sail to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, with wildlife viewing and visits to scientific bases. The $2,550 savings refer to single cabins on the December 10 trip. For double cabins, you'll save $1,900 on superior units, regularly priced at $7,800. The lowest rates are for triple cabins, at $4,800. All quoted costs include three meals daily. But don't wait to book your trip to the land of glaciers, icebergs, and penguins; these cruises will sell out fast.
Safari bargain to Botswana from just $2,795
Want to scout the Big Five — lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalo — in Africa? You can do so eco-style in Botswana, a country that Frommer's claims is " ... known to be southern Africa's premier wilderness destination." Now you can walk on the wild side with the 10-day wildlife safari we found on 2Afrika. $2,795 includes airfare from New York or D.C., deluxe lodging, meals, and a range of activities. This price is valid for departures between October 7 and December 8; earlier trips cost up to $3,395. You'll stay in Chobe National Park, spreading on 4,630 square miles over the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe and teeming with animal life. We're talking lions, hyenas, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, and some 90,000 elephants! Your hotel is the upscale Chobe Safari Lodge, with a picture-perfect setting above the banks of the Chobe River. You have a choice of nine activities during your stay: game-viewing drives, fishing or gaming safaris, river cruises, scenic flights, a visit to a traditional Namibian village, and a day trip to Victoria Falls.
See details above. Note that the package specials exclude air taxes and fees. The sailing to Antarctica doesn't cover airfare.
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