We take several steps to ensure that our coral reefs are well taken care of. Clear snorkel channels are indicated on our island map. The channels themselves are marked by signs, entrances, flags and buoys. Information about the snorkelling experience and the correct do’s and don’ts are provided to each guest in their native language and is made available at our Eco Centre, Marine Shop and the guest lounges which is also where guests can pick up masks, snorkels and fins. Additionally regular reef patrol and regular reef clean up sessions are arranged.
Kuramathi is also one of few resort islands in the Maldives that does not offer night fishing. We do offer Big Game or Deep Sea fishing as an alternative, where we support a ‘catch and release’ policy. We encourage all guests not to take more than one bill fish (sail fish, marlin or sword fish).
The Eco Centre and Bageecha kids club jointly conducts programs during the week to teach our younger guests all about our environment and especially focused on marine life, flora and fauna of Kuramathi Island. Mondays are ‘Fish & Ocean Days’ where children learn about the different fish. Older children also have a chance to go on a guided snorkel trip on the house reef. On Wednesdays, they celebrate ‘Kuramathi Day’ and the children are able to walk around the island and learn about the many varieties of trees and animals on the island.
Exploring the underwater world is also available for children of 8 years and above. This program is a soft introduction where children go down to only 2 metres. The “Bubblemaker” course allows children to put on a mini set of dive gear and swim under the surface making lots of bubble, whilst children of 10, can also obtain a junior diving certification.
As many of our guests love to learn about the different fish life, we have a dedicated section on our website giving information on diverse range of fish and corals in the Maldives. It shows pictures and gives interesting information about the sometimes peculiar behaviour of these fascinating creatures.
Click here to visit marine life section.
Kuramathi went through major refurbishment in 2009, where more than a third of the rooms were completely redone. With this change, environmentally friendly methods are now being used in various parts of the resorts. The new villas now have energy saving air conditioning units. For guest arrivals, the Jacuzzis are prepared with fresh water, and as these modern Jacuzzis are also built with a filter and an ozonator which has a cleansing and disinfecting mechanism, these do not require a change of water after every use, saving tremendous water compared to traditional Jacuzzis.
Measures have also been put in place to ensure recycling of grey water. The water is treated and purified and reused in the gardens and for flush tanks.
Hydroponic gardens have also been built on already cleared land on the island. Fantastic for our guests as they get to eat the freshest of salads, but also great for the island as these items do not need to be flown over from overseas now, making our carbon footprint a bit smaller! You may be interested to know that the salad served in our restaurants comes almost exclusively from our hydroponic gardens.
Rasdhoo Island is the only local island in this tiny atoll and our closest neighbour. Kuramathi gives many employment opportunities to the islanders of Rasdhoo. Additionally several initiatives have been taken in the past to assist with the community in different projects.
Our Eco Centre additionally works very closely with the Environment Club at Rasdhoo School. Kuramathi has contributed towards their campaign in making their school a ‘plastic bag’ free school, and to mark this year’s Environment Day, organised a tree planting session where Kuramathi guests were also invited to participate.
We also hold regular visual presentations for the school children at the Eco Centre on varied subjects from marine topics to ways of protecting our fragile ecosystem.
Finally, in our efforts to assist the islanders of Rasdhoo in keeping their island clean, Kuramathi financially supports the employment of two employees of the organisation responsible for island development.
Kuramathi also celebrates special occasions such as Environment Day, Tourism Day, Ocean Day, and Earth Day with different initiatives and programs.