A house reef complete with a customized shipwreck is one of the exceptional features at Centara Grand Island Beach Resort & Spa Maldives, enjoyed by snorkelers, divers and the less frequent underwater wedding party, and now the resort has begun a program designed to restore parts of the reef that have stopped growing and boost the growth of new coral.
The program is part of an initiative of Centara Grand Island’s dedication towards environmental conservation.
General Manager Voytek Klasicki is known to have said the method being used to encourage the coral growth is a well-proven one in the field of marine conservation.
He says “We are harvesting coral fragments from the resort reef and also from nearby reefs, so that we can get a good variety of coral species.”
“These fragments are then planted on discs made from a non-toxic cement, and the discs are attached to coral beds we have placed in a selected zone inside the lagoon.
“Each bed has a different type of coral planted on it, because some corals are territorial, and fight off other coral species.”
It is known that the bed frames are made from a 10mm reinforcing bar with a mesh made from similar material, and tied down with cables. All the beds are checked twice a week for any signs of algae, which can smother the coral fragments, and once the corals start growing and look healthy, they are transferred to the main reef and left to grow.
Ibrahim Shaan, Operations Manager of the resort’s dive center says “The beds are placed in the lagoon, between the Deluxe Water Villas and the Luxury Sunset Water Villas, where we have also fashioned an 8ft by 4ft replica of the Centara log.”
“Already this is proving a great attraction for guests, who are enjoying snorkeling around this spot to see how the coral garden is progressing.”
Located in the South Ari Atoll in the Maldives – Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is a five-star resort for couples, families and groups, featuring 112 suites and villas, equip with an impressively large selection of leisure activities, the resort has an excellent All-Inclusive program.
Thailand’s leading hotel operator Centara Hotels & Resorts has 47 locations spread across the major tourist destinations in Thailand.
The chain also has 21 resorts in the Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, China, Ethiopia, Qatar and the Maldives brings the present total to 68 properties.
Centara’s first resort in the Maldives, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa, a five-star standard resort is located in the South Ari Atoll and has a broad appeal for couples, families and groups and was opened in late 2009.
With the intention of expanding Centara Hotels & Resorts’ presence in the Indian Ocean, is designing and planning to open its third resort, Centara Hudhufushi Resort & Spa, in the Maldives during the latter half of this year. The four-star resort will be located on the east side of Lhaviyani Atoll, 25 minutes by seaplane from Male’ International Airport.