We hope this message finds you well. Humans have overcome many challenging events in the epic poem of time, and this current situation is already shaping up to be one of those defining events. Naturally, our first thoughts are how this will affect our own daily lives. However, slowly, we are all realizing that if we shift our focus to “we” instead of “I”, the collective reaction to the developing situation can save lives, economies, and communities. We have already begun to see humans working together like never before to deal with the dynamic situation at hand. Challenging events like these can really show our species’ true capacity for compassion, benevolence, and ingenuity.
As you know, our tours are built to support local communities, marine research and conservation. An uncontrollable event that severely restricts travel and leisure activities, is a huge burden on the economy including small businesses, like us, that rely on tourism to uphold partnerships with the local communities and conservation projects that we support with our tours. Something of this magnitude carries a far reaching ripple effect. The livelihoods of so many disappear as global travel slows to a halt in response to COVID-19. The boat captains who greet you every morning with a smile, the tour guides who point out those elusive nudibranchs, the housekeeper that leaves chocolates on your pillow, the cooks who prepare your favorite meals, all the way through to the local farmers and delivery drivers that form the foundation of your greatest holiday memories. These people will be the most affected, many without savings, access to healthcare and income. It is paramount, now more than ever, for us all to come together as one and support one another other on this tiny blue dot that we call home.
There is great power in the ability to stay optimistic, altruistic, and hopeful in challenging circumstances. This power has carried us through the greatest moments in human history, and these moments have defined us through the ages. Through our work with the environment, we have seen the magnanimous potential of the human spirit. We believe that humans, rich and poor, laborers and business owners, politicians and scientists, will join together and overcome this challenge with unprecedented global unity and the world will live on as one. Stay safe, keep smiling, and most importantly, be a good human. We look forward to exploring more magical places with all of our favorite ninjas very soon.
— Jay, Mariana, Ellen, Donna, Ligia, & Kenzo
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