Brought to light by the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove, Save Japan Dolphins is a volunteer program that asks for help on local and international levels. One of the least “inclusive” of the eco-trips on this list, you do have to coordinate your own travel to Japan, meals, and lodging in the town of Taiji. Once you get in touch with the team in Taiji, however, you’ll be asked to help in any number of ways in the ongoing effort to save the dolphins in Japan. In light of the earthquake that hit Japan, these dolphins need help more than ever.
What to eat when you're there: Why not try a locally grown kumquat (in season in winter), a mikan (a seedless tangerine), and a glass of shochu.