Hurawali Maldives supports community marine education programme

Hurawalhi Maldives has funded the donation of snorkel equipment to a local school, in a bid to support a community marine education programme for students.

With about 99 per cent of the country’s area consisting of the ocean, marine life and conservation is vital in the Maldives. The coral reef systems are some of the most important ecosystems in the world and the abundance of fish species is world-renowned, making it a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers.

The conservation measures in place mean that the Maldives is a safe haven for many endangered species. Seeing sea turtles and reef manta rays is commonplace due to the thriving populations locally.

Hurawalhi works very closely with the Manta Trust and has a dedicated Marine Biology Centre on the island, along with resident marine biologists who work tirelessly on research and conservation projects such as the Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP).

Driving the conservation forward into the local community is an important part of protecting the rich and diverse marine environment for future generations and on the close-by local island of Hinnavaru, they are operating an educational outreach programme at the Lhaviyani Atoll Education Centre.

The aim is to educate groups of local school students about the environmental issues the Maldives and their own local community is faced with and provide environmental initiatives to try tackle the problems and improve conservation.

The programme aims to raise students’ marine awareness and engagement, as well as passion for the marine environment, instilling a desire to protect marine ecosystems. The hope is that this will, in the future, be rolled out nationally as part of the core curriculum.

The MMRP believes that encouraging children to learn about their own natural resources is the most effective way to spread awareness and educate the younger generation about marine environmental conservation. The custodians of the vulnerable environment of tomorrow are the children of today.

“Hurawalhi Maldives is proud to support this educational initiative and has funded the donation of snorkel equipment to the school, this will be used by students participating in the programme for years to come,” an announcement by the resort read.

Officially inaugurated in January 2016, the five-star Hurawalhi resort is accessible by a 40-minute scenic seaplane flight from the main airport, and offers 90 villas, including 60 Ocean Villas and 30 Beach Villas, for grown-ups who are seeking luxury and innovation. The villas are stylishly and beautifully conceived featuring soothing décor, sumptuous linens on king size beds, bleached wooden floors, and private terraces with panoramic views.

There is an ocean of delights to take in at Hurawalhi: dining at 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, snuggling up with your darling under a blanket or sparkling stars on the iconic Dream Island sandbank, falling in love with the plethora of marine life on the island’s doorstep – in fact, one visit to the resort is hardly enough to experience it all.

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