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 Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.
Adopt a Coral: Why It Matters
Rising Sea Temperatures Are Bleaching Coral
The Maldives is home to over a thousand coral reefs. Due to rising sea temperatures, coral bleaching is taking place, threatening this beautiful and biodiverse ecosystem, which is a vital foundation of marine life.
Coral reefs are not only a beautiful sight for snorkeling – they’re the most biodiverse ecosystem in the world, providing both food and protection for marine life, offering flood protection for islands, and supporting local fisheries. Despite their significance, climate change and rising sea temperatures are causing coral reefs to bleach. In addition to losing their vibrant colors, bleaching can cause coral to deteriorate and die.
Adopt a Coral: The Experience
Join a Coral Frame-Building Experience
In partnership with Reefscapers, we invite guests to participate in the coral-fragment plantation activity to promote reef habitats.
Guests can join our in-house Marine Biologist and participate in an interactive frame-building activity by planting coral fragments on a frame, which is then placed in the waters by our Marine Biologist. By attaching small fragments of corals to a metal frame, the corals can grow and mature into new colonies in the resort’s lagoon. Our team posts regular updates online so guests can follow the growth of their corals from home. Guests will also receive photo updates twice a year as the corals mature and flourish over time.
- Visit our Restored Reef - Snorkel to visit the underwater sites of our coral program to see the marine life flourishing around our coral frames
- Marine life talk - An engaging conversation about marine conservation and marine life with Kate, our resident Marine Biologist
Adopt a Coral: The Impact
Boosting Reef Habitats with New Coral
The coral-fragment plantation activity offers guests a hands-on experience, while making a long-lasting impact by helping promote reef habitats and generate new coral.
Guests will walk away with newfound knowledge and appreciation about coral and marine conservation, knowing they left the reef better than they found it by boosting reef habitats to generate new coral.
This will improve the marine habitat and increase the number of fish species and marine life in the surrounding areas. Within 6 months of being attached to the frames, the corals start to grow new branches and fish start returning. Within 3 years, it develops into a small reef that will eventually grow onto the natural reef substrate.
The coral frames are designed and made on a local island in Baa Atoll called Fulhadhoo, providing employment for 250 local inhabitants and allowing them to develop skills outside of traditional fishing.