Embark on a journey to the tropical paradise of the Maldives with your family on an eco-friendly holiday that not only rejuvenates your spirits but also nurtures the stunning natural beauty of this idyllic destination. Here are some tips to help you do just that!
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Stay At an Eco-Friendly Resort
Choose a private island resort committed to green initiatives and social responsibility. Stay at properties like Kuramathi Maldives that boasts a bottling plant for its own potable water, practices effective waste management, recycles grey water and engages in coral reef protection. Seek out a resort with a hydroponics garden ensuring your meals are sourced sustainably, and also works with local communities helping to uplift their lives as well.
Go on Nature Walks
To find out more about the environment in the Maldives, nature walks with a guide make an ideal choice when staying at a private resort. Immerse yourself in a botanic walk, discovering edible and medicinal plants, or venture along a nature trail getting a glimpse of a rainforest and learning about the fascinating lifecycle of coconut trees. Some trails let you spot wildlife too from hermit crabs scuttling across the sands to the vibrant birdlife hidden amidst the lush vegetation.
Visit an Eco Centre
Select a resort with an eco centre with resident marine biologists and horticulturists. Discover initiatives that contribute to coral reef research, coral nursery maintenance and sea temperature monitoring all while gaining a deeper understanding of the Maldivian ecosystem and its conservation. Some will also offer a junior marine biologist programme linked with activities and experiences at a kids’ club, fostering a love for marine life from a young age.
Be a Responsible Traveller
Protect the marine environment by using reef-safe sunscreen and go on guided snorkelling trips that follow sustainable practices. Also, attend marine biology talks at your resort’s eco centre to gain insights into the ongoing efforts to safeguard the marine ecosystem. Embrace responsible practices by avoiding littering, conserving energy, and supporting local communities through the purchase of handmade crafts and local products.