Give the Maldives some love with this luxury resort’s coral project

Last updated 27th November 2022

Maldives family holidays are all about fun in the sun and being spoiled rotten. But now more than ever, it’s also vital to protect the biodiversity of this stunning archipelago. So luxury Indian Ocean resort, Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives, has come up with an innovative solution.

Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives coral project

Naturally broken coral is attached to spiderweb frames shaped like hearts. Credit: Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives

Families care for coral by getting artistic at Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives

Now families holidaying at this five star Maldives resort can also join in their coral reef restoration project. Guests are encouraged to get creative. And all ages can make their very own personal coral plantation to leave a little love in the Indian Ocean. Of course, it’s not just fun planting the bespoke heart-shaped coral frames, each plantation also plays a pivotal role in conservation by increasing the number and diversity of species on the house reef.

So how is it done? It all starts with fragments of naturally broken coral known as, ‘opportunity coral’. It’s these fragments which you attach to the heart-shaped spiderweb frames. Then, once ‘planted’, the frames are placed on the edge of the resort’s house reef to become part of the coral nursery.

However, it’s not just a matter of leaving your masterpiece there and hoping for the best! Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives constantly monitor the plantations. There’s regular maintenance to prevent a build-up of algae and removes any harmful predators. Plus, you can see the plantation for yourself, as every six months, you’ll receive a certificate and photograph updating you on the progress of your masterpiece.

Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives coral project

The frames are placed on the edge of the resort’s house reef to create a nursery. Credit: Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives

Why does coral need protection in the Maldives?

Why is a luxury resort launching a conservation initiative? The Maldives has some of the world’s top dive sites and snorkelling and diving are hugely popular here. Unfortunately, both activities come at a cost to the environment and coral reefs are especially vulnerable. Hence Finolhu’s loveable Coral Reef Restoration Project.

Although, first and foremost it’s a bid to safeguard the biodiversity of the archipelago’s marine ecosystems the project is also about connecting guests to the environment and increasing eco-awareness, particularly in kids. And of course, exploring and protecting the dreamland waters of this UNESCO biosphere reserve is all part of Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives commitment to creating an unforgettable holiday experience.

Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives villa

The luxury resort has 79 villas with private pools. Credit: Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives

A luxury Indian Ocean resort that cares about families

At Finolhu you can choose between oceanfront villas set directly on the beach or take your pick of overwater villas. Whichever you prefer, every villa combines modern convenience with absolute comfort, and the majority come with their own private pool.

This luxurious Indian Ocean resort takes great care of younger guests too. Children aged between 4 and 12 can look forward to The Oceaneers Kids Club where activities range from art and cooking classes to outdoor adventures over and underwater. Plus, all childcare staff are fully trained. And for younger children, babysitting services are available on request.

As well as coral reef planting, the resort also offers plenty of ways to play in the Indian Ocean. Families can enjoy water sports, snorkelling diving or even big game fishing. However, if you want to make your trip truly unforgettable, think about adding a dolphin cruise or penguin semi-sub tour to your itinerary.

Ready to do your bit for the Indian Ocean? Find out more about coral conservation at Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives this year and next.