All our marine excursions have been designed and developed to reduce the impact on the environment on the one side and, on the other, to contribute to the monitoring of biodiversity and economy of the local community. Guests have the opportunity to support concretely the process by adhering to the numerous “conservation snorkeling” that take place within a monitoring framework.
In fact, we do not simply observe dolphins and mantas, we monitor them with the help of tourists. Thanks to these activities we are able to collect biologically significant evidence showing the dynamics and behavior of the population of these wonderful species on a short- and long-term scale.
We invite guests to join us for the following activities during their stay:
- Complimentary Guided Snorkeling: the marine biologist organizes several times per week a snorkeling by boat on our house reef.
- Guided Snorkeling Tours: the excursions, organized on a daily basis by the marine biologist, allow to see mantas, dolphins, turtles, corals and multitudes of fishes in several reefs within the atoll.
- Diving: we work with our dive instructors to ensure our policies and dive courses are up to resort sustainability standards, while raising diver awareness of what they can do to protect the marine environment.
- Beach Clean Ups: the marine biologist and diving center organize clean up days to protect the beach and surrounding systems. Doing so we are able to keep the environment clean and, most important, we transmit consciousness to our guests about waste decomposition.
- Evening Presentations:two nights per week we hold presentations about marine life, covering topics from turtles to sharks, rays, dolphins, fish families, coral reefs and plastic pollution. Moreover, Blue planet documentaries and diving videos are played every day after dinner.
TURTLE AND MANTA MONITORING
Our Atoll hosts green and hawksbill sea turtles. Thanks to the project of ID monitoring that we are carrying on with the Olive Ridley association, which is based here in the Maldives, we are able to identify each turtle of the area as an individual. By doing so we can study and learn about the local population and its distribution.
Besides, we follow a Code of Conduct for how to behave with these magnificent animals while snorkeling and diving. We are very keen on sharing with the tourists the opportunity to see them, but even more important for us is that there is respect for this marine species. For this reason, we expose several flyers on how to behave and the code is always repeated to customers at each excursion.
- Identification Database: help us photograph and identify green and hawksbill turtles seen on our snorkel and dive sites.
- Nesting: we are fortunate to be one of the only beaches in the Maldives that is home to the olive turtle’s nest. In fact, this specie is an oceanic one and rarely reaches the reefs. We take minimal data while the female is on the beach so as not to disturb her.
- Hatching: juveniles will hatch approximately two months after nesting, usually May through September.
- Rescue: we free any turtles we encounter that are injured or stuck in a ghost net.
Moreover, we rely on a specific Code of Conduct for the interactions with the gigantic manta rays. We insist that our snorkeler and diver guests follow it when getting across with these beautiful animals.
We have also collaborated with Manta Trust taking part in the Maldivian Manta Ray Project, a project founded to learn more about the life cycle, population dynamics and habitat usage of the Maldives manta population. Throughout the research we can help the worldwide conservation of manta rays, and in the meantime, we provide the guests with marine education and we spread the importance of their survival.
Coral reefs are important for many different reasons aside from supposedly containing the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They provide habitats and shelter for many marine organisms, they are the source of nitrogen and other essential nutrients for marine food chains, they assist in carbon and nitrogen fixing and they help as well with nutrient recycling.
We established a Coral Reef Underwater Nursery in 2019. We started this project with about 200 pieces of corals which will spend about a year growing in the nursery before transplantation takes place onto the house reef.
We also endeavor to keep our reefs healthy by:
- Maintaining a Code of Conduct for snorkelers and divers to safeguard positive interactions with all marine creatures.
- Informing all visitors about responsible snorkeling and diving behavior.
- Avoiding carrying out any destructive night-fishing activities for guest entertainment.
- Discouraging guests from feeding wildlife and fish.
- Inciting guests to leave all debris, shells, coral pieces and sand on the beach or in the reef.
- Prohibiting the sales of corals and other marine life in our boutique.