Sheraton Maldives celebrates 100th coral frame milestone under ‘Adopt a Coral’ eco initiative
In conjunction with Global Earth Day, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa planted its 100th coral frame, a milestone in the resort’s coral propagation initiative that started in February 2020.
To date, over 5,619 coral fragments from 15 different species of corals have been transplanted.
As one of the largest man-made coral structures in the Maldives, the resort has teamed up with Reefscapers, a coral propagation organisation appointed by the Maldivian government to protect the marine habitat.
The programme also echoes back to Marriott International’s Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy initiative across Asia Pacific, providing first-hand connections with local communities and the environment.
North Male Atoll is home to over 40 world-class diving points, all of which are easily accessible from Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. Here, a number of common marine species can be sighted, such as the Blacktip Reef Shark, Spotted Eagle Ray, Batfish, Hmbug, Puller, Juvenile Sweetlips, Surgeonfish, Boxfish, Pufferfish, Butterflyfish and Trumpetfish.
“We observed that there’s an increase in fish returning to our house reef since we started the coral propagation initiative, proof that the program is working. We will continue making this a key priority for our community at the resort,” General Manager Emilio Fortini said.
Adopt a Coral at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa invites guests to participate in the fun and interactive coral-fragment plantation activity in an effort to promote reef habitats and generate new coral.
The resort has teamed up with Reefscapers, a coral propagation organisation appointed by the Maldivian Government as custodians of the coral colonies in the Gulhi Falhu lagoon which was slated to be destroyed as part of a reclamation project.
The activity is led by experts and offers a hands-on experience to participants while also providing an alternative business to the 250 inhabitants whose sole previous source of employment was fishing.
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is situated on the private island of Furanafushi in the Republic of Maldives, a 15-minute speedboat ride away from Velana International Airport.
The resort is among the first resorts to offer complimentary transfers to its discerning guests.
The five-star resort offers 176 guest rooms designed to blend into the surrounding turquoise waters, pristine beaches and lush greenery.
In addition to seven unique restaurants and bars, the Shine Spa for Sheraton located on its very own island and three outdoor tropical fresh water pools, the resort caters for all guests and is the perfect destination for honeymooners, families with young children or teens and solo travellers alike.
Nightly rates at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa (sheratonmaldives.com; +960 664 2010) start from $400/£315 per night based on 2 people sharing a Deluxe Garden View King Room on a B&B basis.