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Best Eco‐friendly Resorts in Maldives

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January, 2023

Sustainability is no longer a nice-to-have for travelers – it’s a must-have. More than half of travelers say they are more determined to make sustainable choices when looking to travel in the future.

It’s clear travelers care about sustainability today more than ever. For those who are looking for a sustainable travel experience that respects Mother Nature, Maldives is the perfect choice. The best world's beach destination is often praised for its undisturbed flora and fauna over and under the clear waters. And with abundant fish life and marine reserves with “no-take” concept, it only makes sense the island nation encourages its visitors to take care of the environment as well.

Maldives has taken great steps to offer responsible travel options to natural islands that conserve the environment, sustain the well-being of local people, and educate visitors. In addition to a relaxation at the island luxury resorts, here are several immersive experiences that keep eco-tourism in Maldives at the forefront.

1. Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

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No trip to Maldives would be complete without snorkeling. As soon as you take a peek beneath the ocean's surface, on the reefs of the Maldives you cannot help but feel privileged to see the abundance and variety of life, it’s a magical sight that stays embedded in the memory forever.

Here in Maldives divers and snorkelers operate a ‘look but don’t touch’ policy and aim to make an underwater excursions sustainable and respectful of the coral reefs and marine creatures that reside there.

What else can be done to snorkel and dive in harmony with nature? Before you even enter the water you can make green choices such as opting for reef-friendly sunscreen, ensuring your equipment is properly secured so as not to trail across the fragile reef. Whilst in the water, always be mindful of not disturbing any of the creatures’ natural behaviour – don’t chase anything get too close – you may disrupt feeding, mating or even prevent them from evading a predator.

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2. Adopt a coral

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Adopt a coral to help protect marine biodiversity! As part of this effort, guests are invited to engage with this important work in a very personal way by adopting a coral frame. Interactive frame building activities led by experts, offer guests hands on experience on the continuity of marine wildlife, whilst reducing one’s own coral reef footprint. These structures for corals have built in local islands, are providing an alternative business source to its inhabitants whose primary source of income is fishing.

Once back home, you can monitor your adopted coral’s growth, via image updates online, giving you a one-of-a-kind souvenir of a once-in-a-lifetime holiday escape, a living souvenir that does so much more than capture a special memory.

3. Help Save The Sea Turtles!

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Olive Ridley project invite guests to join on a mission to protect the sea turtles and their habitats in Maldives and protected, and escorted back into the ocean safely and quickly. Be witnesses sea turtles hatching! Before the eggs hatched, guests could join nightly viewings of the nest from a nearby purpose-built viewing platform.

The Sea Turtle biologist from the Olive Ridley Project will talk about the many wonders of sea turtles, how they manage to spend their whole lives in the ocean and the threats they face. The main work of ORP’s Sea Turtle Biologist is the rescue of sea turtles found entangled in ghost nets or other debris. Join resort's team and be part of real-life practical and vital conservation efforts to save sea turtles and other marine life from the harmful effects of a ghost net and other gear.

In 2022, Amilla Maldives celebrated World Turtle Day by offering guests the opportunity to sponsor Amilla’s local turtles, or choose names for them. They also ran a special turtle excursion, with all proceeds donated to the Olive Ridley Project. Any of the resort’s younger guests can learn more about turtles and other aquatic creatures living in the area with Amilla’s Mini Marine Biologist programme.

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4. Farm to Table experience: Dine Sustainably!

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Healthy eaters are aware that using fresh, organic foods that are sustainably sourced is the secret to gourmet cooking. In the Maldives, the “farm-to-table” notion is more than just a trendy culinary trend; it’s a way of life, a lifestyle that has been carried down through generations, including eating habits.

Most of Maldives resorts offer a great variety of plant-based, vegetarian, vegan, and raw dishes at Its restaurants, from organic and locally sourced ingredients. The 'Farm-to-Table' concept invites for a healthy and creative culinary journey, supporting sustainable approach to food and helping reduce carbon footprint.

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5. Malé City Walking Tour

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Experiencing the capital of the Maldives, Malé on a day tour allows travelers to step inside the life of an ordinary Maldivian for a few hours. Discover the history and culture of Malé on a half-day walking tour with a local guide. Soak up the city as you walk past incredible architecture, discover the history and culture of Malé, taste local delicacies at the food markets, learn interesting facts about the world-class education system and see what traditional life is like. Head to the fish market to see the catch from the Indian Ocean, view landmarks such as the President's Palace, Sultan Park, and Friday Mosque.

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