Coco Collection marks World Oceans Day
The boutique property operator Coco Collection marks World Oceans day which is celebrated on the 8th of June every year is a United Nations recognized day that is held to conserve and preserve and raise awareness about the magnificent ocean. This year, Coco Collection has reflected over the initiatives they have taken to conserve the ocean and its marine life. By partnering with the Olive Ridley Project, Coco Collection continues to strive on strengthening their commitment to the Maldives Marine environment.
For the year of 2015, the theme is ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.’ The vast ocean is the heart our our planet and it is vital to raise awareness on keeping the oceans clean and how to prevent harming the marine life. The two luxurious resorts of Coco Collection; Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu had dedicated teams that carried out snorkeling trips and excursions to the ocean to observe for debris such as; plastic trash and ghost nets.
On the 15th of May 2015, the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu team encountered a ghost net which the Dive Ocean team spent hours loading onto a boat, as the island resort team gathered to the pristine shores to sort through it. 12 nets were stuck together along with plastic bags, plastic bottles, and even buoys were trapped inside the massive net. However, the shocking discovery was a lone turtle bone found amongst the debris which indicates a turtle had been trapped in the net and eventually died. The following day, the holiday guests that were staying at the private island found a young olive ridley turtle entangle inside a plastic bag, with a damaged back flipper and the front flipper was lost.
Although, due to the luxury hotel groups partnership with the Olive Ridely Project in January 2015 a turtle rescue centre will be constructed on the holiday resort Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu which will help rehabilitate turtles that suffer from injuries similar to what is mentioned above. Guests that stay at the luxurious resort will be able to support the project by donating funds for the turtle rescue centre, which can be done by purchasing an Olive Ridley Turtle toy or through direct donations. Once the centre is constructed and completed; tailored snorkeling sessions, educational presentations, ghost net research excursions will be available for the holidaymakers staying in the resort. It has been reported that the similar initiative take place in Coco Bodu Hithi later on.
Coco Palm Dhunikolhu is a holiday island known for green sea turtle nesting. There has been 3 nests and hatchlings this year whilst 9 more nests are present on the island which is said to hatch after the 14th of June 2015.
Coco Collection is a boutique hotel group that operates the following resorts in the island nation Maldives; Coco Palm Dhunikolhu, Coco Bodu Hithi, and Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Island.