The Maldives has always been known for the natural beauty that the country has been gifted with. Whether it is the lush greenery on local islands or the beautiful reefs that guests pay thousands of dollars to dive around, the natural beauty of the Maldives is something that continues to mesmerise visitors from all around the world.
While guests visit the country to relax and enjoy nature to its fullest, oftentimes the beauty of the Maldives is taken for granted by visitors and locals alike. Even with the Maldives recently attempting to take bigger steps towards becoming more sustainable for the future of the country, the negative impacts of human error have started showing, especially in low-lying island nations such as the Maldives.
Whether it is finding plastic in the digestive system of turtles that we all love, or extreme coastal erosion, over the years it has become extremely evident that the move towards sustainability and our understanding of how to take care of our environment is not broad enough.
Learning about the environment with Six Senses
While a lot of resorts in the industry have started their move towards the green initiative, Six senses Laamu is undoubtedly a strong leader when it comes to the sustainable front of the Maldives. Located in Laamu Atoll, this Six Senses outlet is home to an award-winning underwater conservation initiative (MUI), which is run in collaboration with The Manta Trust, The Blue Marine Foundation and the Olive Ridley Project.
While Six Senses Laamu has always had a strong front on the sustainability initiative, the resort is taking a major step in 2023 towards educating future generations about nature conservation.
On January 2023, the resort announced its plans to open the Seahub of Environmental Leaning in Laamu (SHELL) by March 1st, 2022. With this new opening, the MUI project along with a gallery exhibition space, office spaces, a marine laboratory, a cinema room and a kids’ zone will be facilitated in the building in order to take a more engaging and hands-on approach towards the conservation initiatives of the resort.
“Healing the ocean requires understanding first. The environmentalist Baba Dioum once said, ‘In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.’ So, let us teach; let us educate the new generation on the importance of nature conservation. This is the vision behind the Sea Hub for Environmental Learning in Laamu; to engage the hearts and minds of our guests, our local communities, and our hosts. Our wish is for us and our owners, HPL Hotels & Resorts, to leave a legacy in Laamu Atoll, where science and leisure come together with one goal: to discover more and be inspired to protect our oceans” - Regional General Manager, Marteyne Van Well.
With the usage of virtual and augmented reality technologies, this hub will give visitors as well as locals a more realistic view of the natural beauties we are blessed with, which will in turn help future generations get a better understanding of the importance of nature conservation, especially in a country like the Maldives.