Have you ever traveled to one of those places that you cannot believe that it still exists with today’s high-powered Hotel chains and Mega All-inclusive resorts? Well I have, and the location was still in the United States and just a short plane ride away. Going on a winter get-a-way with friends and they suggested Maho Bay ( http://www.maho.org/ ), I was in with no Questions asked because it involved traveling something I am passionate about. All I knew going in was the few website reviews on Tripadvisor.com and some blogs I read, and they were not the best.
I realized I am going to an Eco Lodge in St. John’s, the reviews said everything from tons of stairs, bugs everywhere, tents and just a real camping experience. That is what I got, but it was much more then that words can not describe the beauty of Maho Bay and the amount or repeat travelers that visit the camps year after year. White Beach, Turquoise water, some of the best diving in the world but it could be the end for them.
The Maho Camps opened in 1976 with a 37-year lease that will end July 31, 2012 with the property being dismantled and evacuation starting January 2012.
“When Maho Bay Camps opened in 1976, the term ecotourism didn’t even exist. Environmentally sensitive travelers usually had to “rough it” to be close to nature. My idea was to provide intimacy with the great outdoors, in the US Virgin Islands (where English is spoken), one of the world’s most beautiful settings, with comfort and convenience, at low cost.” According to Stanley Selengut, President, Maho Bay Camps, Inc. Member, National Park System Advisory Board.
I had to ask my self how could this happen to such a great place? What will become of Maho Bay and the Underwater National Park if this lease is not resigned and the money is not Raised.
For EcoTourism and the idea of preserving some of our land for future generations, there are many Ways that you can Help Maho Bay Camps out. You can go and visit spending part of your trip Volunteering in the National Park, make a Donation to The Trust For Public Land www.tpl.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org, Tell your friends and skip the over rated party trip with your friends and book a week at the Maho Camps. You can also check out Kristin Hawk Facebook Group ‘Lets Save Our Beloved Maho Bay’ where she keeps the public up to date on news about the News about The Maho Bay Camps.