Luxury holidays are no longer about just the hotel, it’s about truly experiencing these new and fascinating destinations. For the kids however, it remains true that an encounter with local wildlife often tops their experiences: the wilder and more exotic the better. Seeing amazing creatures worldwide is never an issue, making sure the experience is responsible, low-impact and fun for children can be a bit trickier.
Family Traveller award winners, Sovereign Luxury Travel, are passionate about making sure families experience as much as possible on holiday, whether they’re heading for European beaches or the jungles of Sri Lanka. They’re keen on introducing the next generation of travellers to the importance of conservation too. So who better to recommend eco-friendly and wonderful wildlife experiences for families worldwide? Have a look at their top four and see what you think.
The Maldives is one of the few Indian Ocean countries with almost no indigenous wildlife: apart from a few fruit bats, and the odd shrew. Not too exciting for budding young zoologists?
Nothing could be further from the truth: coral atolls are actually made entirely of animals, millions of them. So, far from being a wildlife wasteland, it turns out the world’s loveliest archipelago, is also one of its liveliest. The Maldives are keen to encourage coral awareness in next generation conservationists: over 90% of the country’s reefs were critically endangered by a sudden sea temperature rise in 1998, and global warming is a proven, and constant threat.
If you want to get hands on with coral conservation, head to Baros in the northern Maldives. Here, kids not only learn about sustainable reproduction, the resident marine team actively involve them in the process of coral cloning and grafting. Every contribution to the resort’s coral garden is name-tagged for future monitoring. And you can expect a big eureka moment when kids make the link between coral and the incredible marine life they see on snorkelling expeditions around the house reef.