Biosphere Expeditions is an officially accredited member of the following bodies


IUCN  UN Environment   Reef Check   ECSA  Marine Conservation SocietyCCF

Biosphere Expeditions has won the following awards (our definition of "award" is a process that requires an entry via an application form and where a winner is chosen on a competitive basis by a judging panel).


  • World Travel and Tourism Council

    World Travel and Tourism Council Tourism For Tomorrow Awards: Finalist in the "Environment" category (international award scheme)


  • First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards

    First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards: Winner of the "Best Volunteering Organisation" award (international award scheme based in the UK)


  • Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards

    Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards: Winner of the category "Countryside and wildlife" (international award scheme)


  • Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards

    Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards: Highly commended in the categories "Best for Protection of Endangered Species" and "Best Volunteering Organisation" (international award scheme based in the UK)


    Finalist in the category "environmental protection and social responsibility in tourism" (international award scheme based in Germany)


  • Reef Check

    Reef Check Awards: Our executive director is made a "Hero of the Reef" for services to coral reef conservation worldwide (international award scheme based in the USA)


  • Tripbase

    Best Volunteering Holidays Award: Award by (international award scheme based in the USA)


  • Future50

    Future 50 Award: Our Executive Director, Dr. Matthias Hammer, is named in the Future 50 class of "ones to watch" (UK award scheme based in Norfolk)


  • Greenstop

    Best Practice and Environmental Excellence Award: From Greenstop.Net, who assess eco-friendly practices and responsible tourism (international award scheme based in the UK)


  • SealSkinz Extreme Award

    SealSkinz X-treme Award: Winner (UK award scheme)


  • Britannica

    Website Award from the publishers of the Encyclopedia Britannica


  • National Geographic

    National Geographic Traveler Tours of a Lifetime Award: Several awards for our projects on snow leopards, wolf, lynx and other species across the world (international award scheme based in the USA)


  • Green Apple

    Environmental Best Practice Award: Silver award by the Green Organisation (international award scheme based in the UK)


  • Travel + Leisure

    Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award (for Responsible Tourism): Winner of the "Conservation Award" (international award scheme run by magazine based in the USA)


  • Umwelt online

    Umwelt-Online-Award (Environment-Online-Award): German government prize awarded to businesses and organisations with an online presence who have displayed excellence and best practice for the environment (international award scheme based in Germany)


  • Yves Rocher fondation

    "Trophée de femmes": Our Namibia scientist was made a laureate of this environmental prize by the Fondation Yves Rocher


  • Islands

    Blue List Award: Best in Sustainable Travel for Azores expedition (international award scheme run by magazine based in the USA)


  • EDP Awards

    EDP Environment Award: Winner (UK award scheme)

Biosphere Expeditions has won the following accolades (our definition of "accolade" is a listing, usually through an editorial process, which does not require an application).


  • National Geographic

    National Geographic "100 places that will change your life" accolade for Costa Rica expedition; National Geographic Adventurer "Best New Trip" accolade for Slovakia expedition.


  • BBC Wildlife

    "Top Wildlife Conservation Holiday" for Sumatra expedition; "Top Ten Conservation Holiday" for Altai expedition.


    Conde Nast Gold List

    Our Tien Shan expedition is honoured on Condé Nast Traveller's "Gold List" of "the world's most extraordinary travel experiences"


  • Travel + Leisure

    "Best Adventure Outfitter" and "Best Save-the-Earth Trip" listings


  • Wall Street Journal

    "Best Volunteer Travel" for Namibia expedition


  • Merian

    "Unforgettable Travel Adventure (Unvergessliches Reiseabenteuer)" for taster days and Honduras expedition



    "Top Responsible Holiday" for Amazonia expedition


  • Travel with a mate

    "Best Volunteer Dive Organisation" (international online magazine)


  • Outside

    Biosphere Expeditions makes it on "The Go List" for "novel vacations"; "Trip of the Year" for Maldives expedition


  • Endless Vacation

    "Best Trip that Offers a Way Back" for Malaysia expedition


  • Skyscanner

    "Great Humanitarian Travel Option" for Amazonia expedition


  • Get Lost!

    "30 Great Escapes / Best Adventure Trips on the Planet" for Slovakia expedition; "Top Trips: Great small group adventure across the globe" for Arabia expedition.


  • The Independent

    "Best Holiday for Green-Minded Travellers" for experience days; "Top Ten Outdoor Pursuits" for Altai & Azores expeditions; "Best Desert Adventure Holiday" for Arabia expedition; "Best Activity and Adventure Break" for Musandam expedition; "Best Volunteer Career Break" for Brazil expedition; "Best for the Wild at Heart" for Slovakia expedition.



    "Life-changing volunteering trip" for Tien Shan expedition


  • The Guardian

    "Ten Best Wildlife Volunteering Holidays" for Oman expedition; "Ten Best Wildlife Holidays in Europe" for Azores expedition.


  • sundaytimes

    "Most satisfying trip of the year" for Altai expedition


  • P.M.

    "Top Holiday For Nature" listing in the category "Where can I do something for nature during my holidays?" (Wo kann man im Urlaub etwas für die Natur tun?)


  • Telegraph

    "Twenty of the world's greatest adventures" for Brazil expedition; "50 amazing wildlife adventures" for Musandam expedition; "Top 10 rare wildlife encounters" for Azores expedition


  • Business Insider

    "Best Volunteer Vacation" for Namibia expedition


  • World Travel Guide

    "Ethical experience" for Sumatra expedition, "10 of the best conservation holidays" for Slovakia and Malaysia expeditions


  • de Volkskrant

    "Top Ten Ethical Operators" listing for Biosphere Expeditions


  • The National

     "World's most interesting (and conservation-focused) wildlife trips" listing for Arabia expedition


  • GreatNonprofits

    "Top Rated Noprofit" listing for Biosphere Expeditions by