Hilton Introduces Excursions to the First Maldives’ Marine National Park

Maldives Promotion House – Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa is launching its la carte excursion offers including the first marine park in the Maldives, adding to its comprehensive list of activities offered at the property.

The first Marine National Park (MNP) in the Maldives is a group of uninhabited islands commonly known as Edu Faru. This environmentally diverse lagoon is located in the Noonu Atoll.

Mohamed Hameed, the Promoter of the MNP, has been working for over 20 years to establish a protected area in the Maldives with this classification.  The Edu Faru archipelago and its nine uninhabited islands, lagoon and its surrounding waters form a single unified coral reef ecosystem.

This area is a natural ecosystem reflecting the biodiversity of the Northern atolls of the Maldives. It is largely undamaged and unpolluted. The environment is diverse, with mangroves, lakes, coconut palm trees and other tropical plants. There is an abundance of wildlife including big land crabs and many species of birds, coral and fish.

The MNP is a non-profit organisation that strives to protect, conserve and preserve the natural setting and rich biodiversity of the archipelago Edu Faru and surrounding waters with minimum intrusion for future generations. The MNP will be managed in an inclusive participatory manner with close links, support and collaboration with the atoll community, where the MNP promotes educational activities, sustainable tourism and preservation of cultural traditions.

The Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa have designed a complete a la carte package of various excursions so that guests can experience the true nature of Maldivian life.  Guests can try their hand at long-established methods of Maldivian fishing, meet the community on inhabited neighbouring islands, watch the dolphins playfully perform, have a true Robinson Crusoe deserted island experience, diving or snorkelling in the wonderful Indian Ocean are to name but a few of the exciting excursions.

This along side with, exclusive boat trips for snorkelling and diving to carefully selected parts of the house reef of the marine national park, an area of outstanding natural beauty are run directly from the Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa.  The USD 10.00 per person fee is donated to the MNP Foundation fund to support this project and preservation of the fragile coral reefs of the site.  Be part of history and make a difference.

“We are very proud to be able to offer such a comprehensive a la carte selection of activities from the resort so that our guests can experience traditional Maldivian life.  The marine national park is a very exciting project for the Maldives and we are proud to be able to share this with visitors who would like to see the diversity of natural life and be part of its future protection,” General Manager at Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi, Jean-Sebastien Kling said.

A variety of activities are available and guests who wished to make a reservation or obtain more information can get it at www.MaldivesIruFushi.hilton.com or email reservations.irufushi@hilton.com.

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