Experience Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy
Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy is a program that offers meaningful travel, allowing you the opportunity to create a positive impact as you explore and build deeper connections in local communities when you stay in our hotels.
With over 100 curated experiences, the program focuses on three pillars – Environmental Protection, Community Engagement, and Marine Conservation.
Discover how you can contribute meaningfully to Marine Conservation with us at Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa
Become a Marine Master: Why it Matters
Climate Change is Threatening the Maldives' Ecosystem
The Maldives is one of the most vulnerable and lowest-lying countries, where the impact of climate change, including rising sea temperatures and levels and beach erosion, can be felt every day.
With some of the most unique topographies in the world, the Maldives is home to a diverse mix of flora and fauna across 1,200 islands spanning the atoll nation. From vibrant, underwater coral gardens to intricate mangrove forests and seagrass meadows, each distinct environment plays a pivotal role in driving the overall health of the Maldives’ ecosystem. Mangroves protect sensitive habitats such as coral reefs and seagrass beds, act as a nursery for marine life, and work as a natural barrier to slow the effects of erosion. Seagrass is known as the “lung of the sea”, as it generates oxygen through photosynthesis. Similarly, seagrass provides shelter and food to a vast array of animals, including turtles, marine mammals and birds. The coral reefs also act as a barrier to erosion and are a habitat for marine life. Today, these habitats are extremely vulnerable to physical disturbances and the accelerating effects of climate change.
Become a Marine Master: The Experience
Become a Marine Master with a Curriculum of Immersive Conservation Experiences
In partnership with the resort’s dive partner, Sub Oceanic, we invite guests of all ages to participate in a range of immersive conservation initiatives, led by the resort’s marine biologist.
Guests can participate in a wide range of programs to learn about key environments that make up the Maldives’ delicate ecosystem. After completing four of these six, hands-on modules, guests will be eligible for certification.
1. Seagrass Hopper – Venture out with our marine biologist into the seagrass meadows in a B.O.B. (breathing observation bubble)
2. Mangrove 101 – Discover the role mangroves play in sustaining the Maldives’ ecological health
3. Reef Explorer – Explore the resort’s house reef and uncover various species of coral while learning about the effects of climate change
4. Turtle Quest – Learn how to differentiate between different species of turtles, and name a turtle of your own
5. Ray Bay – Visit the resort’s house reef to learn about and identify the various species of rays that live there
6. Build A Coral Reef – Plant your very own coral frame under the guidance of our resident marine biologist
Become a Marine Master: The Impact
Help Marine Biologists Research and Conserve the Ecosystem
The program gives guests a unique opportunity to make a direct contribution to the ongoing research required to conserve and care for its delicate ecosystem. These excursions will help marine biologists to identify coral, turtles, rays and sharks, as well as monitor their health over time.