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Beach House Coral project breathes life into Maldives holidays at the Haa Alifu Atoll

A great new initiative has been launched by the ultra-deluxe Beach House Maldives resort with an environmental project deviced to protect the area's coral reefs. With the Coral Project the resort proves they do so much more than provide luxury holidays

Beach House Coral project breathes life into Maldives holidays at the Haa Alifu Atoll

Betting on the prospect of environmentally-friendly Maldives holidays, the ultra-luxurious Beach House Maldives Resort (part of Hilton's deluxe Waldorf Astoria Collection) has recently launched a new environmental initiative to preserve the coral of Manafaru Island’s Haa Alifu atoll and educate guests about marine life at the resort. Working in conjunction with Seamarc, a Malé based marine consultancy, and headed up by newly appointed marine biologist Melanie Bon, the resort is dedicated to enhancing the precious Maldives sea life.

Aimed at developing the large coral population around the resort; particularly under the glass floors of the villas,The Coral Project will ultimately raise awareness about the local natural wonders so that travellers remain environmentally-conscious while enjoying their Maldives holidays at the resort.

Referred to as the ‘rainforests of the sea’, these fragile and extremely endangered coral reefs are among the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world; acting as key feeding and breeding grounds for a plethora of marine life, providing shore line protection and offering a viable barrier against the predicted sea level rises.

Seamarc’s unique propagation techniques; whereby broken or threatened corals are harvested, attached to portable Coral Trays and put back into the warm Maldivian waters, mean that branching corals grow faster, rapidly creating new and replenishing old habitats.

The project goes beyond just looking after the preservationof the corals and also provides alternative employment to residents of nearby B. Fulhadhoo Island who build the structures. So by embarking on Maldives holidays at these resorts, ethical travellers will know that they'll be helping the local community too

Marine biologist Melanie Bon, joining Beach House Maldives from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany, has been appointed to monitor the project. With a wealth of research experience, including a Masters in International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology from Bremen University, Germany, Melanie will provide valuable data for the Maldivian Marine Research Centre about the relatively untouched Haa Alifu atoll, as well as setting up fun and educational presentations for guests about the coral propagation and marine life at the resort; which includes manta rays, dolphins and whale sharks.

Future guests planning to take Maldives holidays at the Beach House Maldives wil also able to get involved in the project by sponsoring a reef, with $100 (£67.50) covering the cost of construction and implementation of a coral tray. In return they will receive regular newsletters charting their reef’s progress with links to up-to-date photographs on the Beach House Maldives’ website.

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