Enjoying recreational time in our natural environment is one of life´s great pleasures, Ondine Escape specialize in recreation in nature, hence we also feel a responsibility to help protect and improve our natural environment by initiating, assisting and continuing to work on local marine conservation projects.
Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera all have exceptional natural resourses that millions of tourists come to visit each year. The Sierra Tramuntana Mountain range of Mallorca is World Heritage listed and known by thousands of passionate hikers, climbers, canyoners, bird-watchers and nature lovers. Pristine white sandy beaches are what the Balearic Islands are famous for, the surface of the water peppered with luxury yachts all of whom enjoy the sea each summer.
What lies below the waters surrounding the Balearic Islands, and what used to lie below is still relatively unknown to many people who visit each year, and also many residents of the Balearics are unaware of the various marine species that inhabit these waters.
The banner above has a picture of a very strange looking fish, Rhinobatus rhinobatus, a member of the family of Sharks and Rays, an Elasmobranch commonly known as the Guitar fish. Having the head of a ray and the body of a shark this Cartilaginous fish once thrived in Balearic waters, it is now listed on the IUCN Red List as LOCALLY EXTINCT in the Balearic Sea. Along with the Mediterranean Monk Seal these two animals have been driven to local extinction by us…Human Beings.
Ondine Escape´s conservation policy includes providing people with information about our marine environment and allowing you, once informed, to make up your own mind on these issues. We strive to make all our projects positive and involve locals, tourists, scientists and anyone else who wishes to be involved in helping to protect and improve local marine ecosystems.
Ondine Escape is a member of The Shark Alliance, we work closely with David Diley, From the Office to the Ocean, we have created a PADI Disctinctive specialty called "Shark Discovery", members of our team include local Marine Biologists and we are currently developing two shark and ray based projects at the moment.
We woud like to see the Balearic Islands become an Eco destination for millions of visitors to enjoy and appreciate, this can only be accomplished with the involvement of as many locals as possible and be done with a positive and enthusiastic outlook for the future health of what could be one of the most pristine marine environments of the Mediterranean, by far.
If you would like more information regarding local marine conservation here in the Balearics or would like to be involved somehow, then please feel free to email us at email@example.com or fill out the contact form on this site.