Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives launches coral regeneration programme
Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives has launched a programme to regenerate the island’s coral reef.
Coral reefs in oceans around the world are dying with estimations that nearly one sixth of these reefs will be dead within 20 years. Coral damage is due to many different threats. Some are naturally occurring, caused by large storms and waves while humans, in the form of irresponsible divers and snorkelers also inflict irreparable damage. Corals are organisms that reproduce primarily asexually and grow larger in size or repair damaged areas.
In light of this, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives has initiated its own environmental and research programme that is focused on pre-emptive restoration and rejuvenation of reefs affected by coral bleaching.
The resort’s Green Team along with business partners Merids Dive & Relax successfully launched the propagating programmes, with two phases of coral propagating programmes taking place in September 2018 and later in January 2019. The inaugural Coral Planting Programme was carried out at the island resort on World Tourism Day, September 27, 2018, and were joined by guests, affiliated partners and all staff members.
‘Reef Balls’ were created and are used as artificial reef structures for Mari corals cultured in nurseries and then transplanted on the bare substrate.
Future plans include the establishment of a Marine Discovery Centre to educate youth and children in coral reef propagation, environmental awareness and sea turtle breeding and rescue.
Located no more than a 25-minute speedboat ride from the main Velana International Airport, Dhonveli’s proximity and diversity combine to make it one of the most popular destinations in the Maldives.
The island is constantly buzzing with action as divers, surfers and beach bums alike find a common ground in the world of excitement this little island has to offer. Magnificent waves and a policy of sustainable surfing combine to make Pasta Point at Cinnamon Dhonveli one of the most sought after surfing locations by award-winning surfers from around the world.
Large families, groups of friends, divers and snorkelling buffs all seem to find a comfortable common ground in the heady atmosphere of the 16-acre island as well. Sink your teeth into our succulent seafood and indulge in the theme nights at each of the three restaurants with the best of international cuisine. Unwind at the spa or sink into the comforts of the 148 plush rooms.