Fushifaru Maldives revives tradition, to host coconut palm climbing competition

Climbing coconut palms was a staple skill amongst early Maldivians to gather coconuts and palm fronds for making everything from twine and baskets to mats and fans and to harvest fruits, leaves and spices that typify traditional Maldivian cuisine.

But like many other traditions, this important cultural activity has been lost to the ages; in fact, it hasn’t been practiced at a national level in years!

That’s about to change, as Fushifaru Maldives, a boutique resort known for offering a collection of indigenous Maldivian experiences to its guests, plans to host Lhaviyani atoll’s very first coconut climbing competition on February 28.

“We are extremely excited to be reviving this Maldivian tradition that hasn’t taken place since 1985,” an announcement by the resort read.

To celebrate this revival of tradition, Fushifaru is inviting participants from different resorts around Lhaviyani atoll. Sponsors are also invited to take part in this special event.

The winner of the competition will win a cash prize and a free stay for two at the resort.

“We can’t wait to celebrate our amazing Maldivian culture by bringing back one of our fantastic traditions. Not only will it be an occasion to remember, but it will also be a fantastic opportunity to connect with colleagues from other resorts in our beautiful Lhaviyani atoll,” the announcement read.

Only a 35-minute breathtaking seaplane flight away from Velana International Airport, Fushifaru is nestled between a national Marine Protected Area and three of the Maldives’ most iconic dive sites. Fushifaru is a with an endless promise of adventure, excitement, discovery and serenity all in one diverse landscape.

Merging quintessential Maldivian design with modern aesthetics, this boutique Maldivian chic resort’s 49 Beach and Water Villas exude a sense of cosines yet luxurious in space and amenities. Each of the villas features open-air bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, private verandas with dining areas and breath-taking views of the surrounding area – some villas feature private plunge pools.

Dining experiences focus on regional and international flavours to suit every taste and dietary requirement. Scrumptious breakfast buffets and palate pleasing international cuisine are offered at Korakali whilst flavourful Asian delicacies and mouth-watering varieties of freshly caught seafood can be savoured at Raakani. Signature cocktails and detoxtails are complemented by the best sunset views on island whilst lounging by the pool at Fanihandhi. A range of international dishes and snacks can be served straight to the privacy of your villa, 24 hours.

Above the waterline — to up the ante on adventure, a fully-equipped gym overlooks the Indian Ocean, whilst a multi-sports court hosts regular matches between residents and guests. Alternatively, take your game to the water with jet skis, kayaks and catamarans. Off-island visits include the largest tuna canning factory in the Maldives or numerous social and sustainable activities.

Below the waterline — Fushifaru Kan’du, a national Marine Protected Area home to three iconic dive sites including the renowned Fushifaru Thila, is teeming with marine life, unique cave formations and a marine cleaning station and sits right beside the resort. A true haven for diving enthusiasts and snorkelers alike.

Private wedding celebrations, picnics and desert island getaways are available at the resort’s own sandbank – only a few metres away in a crystal clear turquoise lagoon.

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