Coral Cay Conservation Expeditions Marine Tropical Jungle Montserrat Philippines
Coral Cay Conservation Expeditions Marine Tropical Jungle Montserrat Philippines

Awards & Achievements

Coral Cay Conservation has achieved numerous awards in recognition of the dedication and hard work of all who have contributed to its mission to protect threatened coral reefs and tropical forests worldwide.

World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 - Silver winner in the Best for Wildlife Conservation category 

The judges recognised Coral Cay Conservation for their role in establishing a Marine Protected Area in Sogod Bay in Nueva Estrella Norte by conducting research and presenting the data that their volunteers and staff collected, for their work in providing free training to local people who are taught to dive and survey so that they can protect the reefs and environment in their home areas, and their work with schools raising awareness of the importance of protecting the environment.

Coral Cay Conservation were a founding member of the Year Out Group

International Green Awards For Creativity In Sustainability, Silver in the Best Green Conservation & Biodiversity Award


Virgin Responsible Tourism Awards, Highly Commended in the category of Best in a Marine Environment, 2011
This award is designed to recognise a credible organisation related to a beach or other marine environment, such as turtle conservation or a marine eco-tourism trip.

The Society for Conservation GIS, Esri-SCGIS International Conservation Mapping, Honorable Mention Creativity, 2011

Pharos Safety Ltd, Conformity to British Standard 8848

Ventures provided by Coral Cay Conservation Limited conform to BS 8848, Specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom (Independently assessed).

Virgin Responsible Tourism Awards, Highly Commended in the category of Best in a Marine Environment, 2010
This award is designed to recognise a credible organisation related to a beach or other marine environment, such as turtle conservation or a marine eco-tourism trip.
British Youth Travel Awards, Overall Winner in the Green Tourism Award, 2010
Organised by the British Educational Travel Association (BETA), the awards acknowledge the crème-de-la-crème in student, youth and educational travel, recognising and celebrating the achievements of outstanding companies and individuals operating within the youth travel market. Amy Scarth of Informed Tourism and a member of the judging panel stated that:
"It's excellent to see the diversity of travel companies out there demonstrating a real commitment to the positive social and environmental links of tourism. The high quality of entrants in the British Youth Travel Awards proved how innovative and important the youth sector is in this space and Coral Cay are a great role model for what tourism can achieve and how operations can be more sustainable."
Virgin Responsible Tourism Awards, Highly Commended in the category of Best Volunteering Organisation, 2009

The Awards are the most prestigious and competitive of their kind in the world and are a collaboration between online travel directory; UK media partners Metro Newspaper and Geographical Magazine and World Travel Market who host the ceremony. The central tenet of the Awards is that all types of tourism - from niche to mainstream - can and should be operated in a way that respects and benefits destinations and local people.

PADI, International Resort and Retailers Associations, 2009

Award establishing a 10 year membership with PADI.

Republic of the Philippines, Province of Southern Leyte, Municipality of San Ricardo, Muicipal Agricultural Services Office, Certificate of Appreciation, 2007
This certificate recognises Coral Cay's full support for the establishment of the proposed Marine Protected Area in Esperanza II, San Ricardo, Southern Leyte through underwater assessment during the RESOURCE ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT.

Municipality of Padre Burgos, Non-Government Organization "KABALIKAT", 2006

Coral Cay Conservation received appreciation for providing resources to help maintain livelihood, and alleviate poverty through the protection, restoration and management of coral reef and marine life in the municipality. This prestigious award was given on October 22, 2006, on the occasion of the 49th Town Anniversary Celebration of Municipilaity of Padre Burgos.

Office of the President - Youth Affairs, National Youth Commission, Province of Southern Leyte and Municipality of Limasawa, Plaque of Appreciation, 2003

In account for Coral Cay Conservation's invaluable contribution to the immense success of the 1st Kampo Kalikasan 2003. Given by Edwin Chinal Monares, Technical Assistant to the President Youth Affairs.

Republic of the Philippines Province of Negros Occidental, Plaque of Recognition, 2002

This awards highlights and recognises Coral Cay Conservation's outstanding efforts in the rehabilitation and protection of the Negros environment. Presented by the Governor, Joseph G. Maranon in June 2002 during the Closing Ceremony of the Provincial Environment Week at Bacolod City.

The Ocean Conservancy, Outstanding and Dedicated Service to the International Coastal Cleanup, 2002

The Ocean Conservancy hereby Acknowledges Coral Cay Conservation for Outstanding and Dedicated Service in the 2002 International Coastal Cleanup and profound Commitment to the Marine Environment.

Know Before you Go, Acknowledgement as a key strategic partner of the Charter for the British Traveller Overseas, 2001

The purpose of this Charter is to bring together the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and ley partners to help British nationals stay safe overseas. Coral Cay Conservation were awarded this partnership for playing an invaluable part in advising British travellers, carrying out the purposes and principles of the Charter which include: providing travellers with FCO Travel Advice, Ensuring travellers get adequate travel insurance, informing travellers of the preparations they need to make before travelling and working together with other partners.

PADI, Certificate of Recognition of Excellence, 2000

Given by PADI's Manager of Quality Assurance, Coral Cay Conservation received this award highlighting their outstanding customer service and professionalism in PADI scuba instruction as acknowledged by Jose C. Maradiaga, PADI Rescue Diver : "I have completed my training as a rescue diver, and now am taking my DM course, thanks to the encouragement from my instructors from Coral Cay Conservation who are professional and dedicated about their jobs as role models".

PADI, College and University Scuba Program, 1999

Worldaware, The Cable and Wireless Award Award for Effective Communication, 1997

Worldaware works in the UK to raise awareness of international development issues. This particular award was received in conjunction with Coral Cay Conservation's efforts in improving fishing off Danjugan Island in the Philippines. Thanks to our efforts there locals have given up  the more damaging styles of fishing. Cyanide (which enables fish to be caught alive) and dynamite are commonly used in the Philippines and the reefs there have been badly damaged. Furthermore, Bulata village on neighbouring Negros planned also a resort to attract some tourists to dive on the reef, which will augment fisher families' incomes of only £1 a day. The village will also benefit from radio communications installed by Coral Cay.

British Airways, Global Winner for the Tourism for Tomorrow Award, 1993
The British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise and encourage sustainable tourism initiatives across the globe. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards highlight examples of best practice in sustainable tourism. Categories include acclamations for Destination Stewardship, Conservation, Community Benefit and Global Tourism Business. The Awards are directed at all activities or projects associated with tourism. Coral Cay Conservation were delighted to receive recognition with this award for their efforts on the South Water Cay Marine Reserve Project in Belize.
Confederation Mondiale Des Activites Subaquatiques,International Marine Environmental Award 1992

The decision to honour the initiatives of Coral Cay Conservation was made in Paris at the seat of UNESCO on March 27 1992 at the meeting of a selection panel, which comprised representatives from UNESCO and it's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the French Dept. of the State for the Environment, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Worldwide Fund for Nature, (WWF), the World Conservation Union, (IUCN) and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) "From amongst the many highly quality projects submitted-representing countries spread over four continents- the panel's selection in favour of Coral Cay Conservation was based on the following criteria: the professionalism of the conservation work, the fact that funds are raised by civic efforts, the involvement of both amateurs and professionals from the UK and Belize in diving, conservation and other technical fields, the work undertaken in developing local expertise to protect this irreplaceable resource; the high quality public education programmes developed over the last six years, and a demonstration of the determination of people from developed and developing countries to collaborate in combating environmental problems which observe no national bounds.

The Ocean Conservancy recognises Coral Cay's efforts and achievements in our community-based conservation work.

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