Enjoy an eco-holiday in the Maldives
The Maldives is best known as one of the world’s leading luxury holiday destinations, as well as one of the most popular places for honeymoons in the idyllic location of the Indian Ocean. However, even with all its prosperous developments and high quality resorts, the tropical island nation faces a significant threat in the form of global warming, and is encouraging visitors to leave a positive impact when choosing an ‘eco-holiday’ in the Maldives.
The Maldives is recognised as a world leader in sustainable tourism, and is working hard to achieve its self-appointed goal of becoming completely carbon neutral by 2020. As a low-lying island nation where the land reaches a maximum height of only two metres (6.5 feet) above sea level, the Maldives is looking for support anywhere it can – and that includes travellers visiting the country for its unique offerings.
It’s easier than you might think to make sure your impact on the Maldives is a positive one, with a number of sustainable hotels in major resorts helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Other resorts have dedicated themselves to planting thousands of new Banyan trees each year to replace those felled for construction purposes, and visitors on volunteering holidays can also help with local community projects. Many of these are dedicated to protecting the country against rising sea levels, and in exchange the volunteer can receive benefits, as well as the chance to enjoy a more authentic visitor experience.
That doesn’t mean holidaymakers can’t still enjoy the fantastic range of opportunities offered by a Maldives break, such as scuba diving in the crystal clear Indian Ocean to discover a staggering array of colourful tropical fish as well as sunken vessels, including the Maldives Victory Wreck. The Maldives is one of the world’s leading diving destinations, and diving organisations are careful not to disturb any of the indigenous wildlife and coral reefs, with measures such as the Green Sea Turtle Conservation Program in place to ensure that diving activities do not threaten endangered species. Diving boats in popular resorts are also fitted with special engines to prevent the leakage of fuel, further preserving the unspoilt beauty of the island nation.
If you’re taking holidays in the Maldives this year, you can take the time to investigate ways in which you could leave a positive impact on the country. Staying at an eco-friendly resort that actively supports sustainability schemes could go a long way towards preserving this unique destination for future generations.