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The Maldives is famous for its picture-perfect landscape, with turquoise waters, white-sand beaches and tropical coral reefs. But, as these idyllic islands have surged in popularity, so have efforts to protect them. Increasingly, travellers are keen to visit this tranquil haven without impacting its delicate environment. And an eco-friendly Maldives holiday gives you the chance to do just that.
As the lowest-lying country in the world, the Maldives is in danger of disappearing under the rising ocean, while its precious coral reefs are at risk due to increasing sea temperatures and litter. So, if you want to discover this incredible place without leaving a trace, an eco-friendly getaway is the best way to do it. Lots of resorts in the Maldives are now taking a greener approach, with sustainable practises, conservation programmes, marine projects and more.
If you’re planning an eco-friendly trip to the Maldives, there are a few things to look out for. For starters, several resorts have their own marine biology centres, where experts focus on researching and protecting the diverse marine life, including turtles, whale sharks and manta rays. Some hotels even have a resident marine biologist, who can teach you all about the Maldives’ corals and wildlife. Increasingly, resorts are also running conservation efforts. You’ll have the chance to take part in beach cleans, reef cleans and coral planting. And you can go out on boat trips to remove any discarded fishing nets, or help the marine biologist by recording all the fish you see while diving.
But greener holidays to the Maldives aren’t just about the protecting the Indian Ocean. A lot of resorts have introduced sustainable initiatives on land, too, to reduce their impact on the environment. Hotels are sourcing local produce, minimising their plastic usage, recycling, and using solar energy. These are just some of the factors you should look out for when you’re planning an eco-friendly holiday to the Maldives. And, if you need any tips or advice, our travel experts are on hand to help.
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From beachfront villas with private pools to overwater suites with their very own waterslides, there’s something here to suit everyone. No matter where on the island you stay, you’re guaranteed to see a spectacular sunrise or sunset.
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On Dhidhoofinolhu Island in the south of the Maldives, LUX* South Ari Atoll is the ideal spot for a scenic break in paradise. The Island is something of a foodie paradise, with over 10 places to eat and drink across the resort.