Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has invited guests to join Outrigger Resorts’ global celebration during World Oceans Month and participate in numerous eco-experiences as part of its ocean conservation programme, OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE).
Each year, World Oceans Month in June calls attention to the vital role the sea plays in our everyday lives and serves as a reminder for global citizens to take an active role in fighting for the sustainable future of our oceans, “the lungs of the Earth.”
At Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, guests of all ages are invited to coral reef conversation workshops conducted by Outrigger’s resident marine biologist, where they can even take part in the creation of new coral planting. Alongside, to support this year’s World Ocean Day’s theme of elimination of plastic waste, guests can also join the snorkelling or diving against debris and come to the marine talk followed by the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” to raise awareness.
Those inspired to stay with Outrigger can save up to 35 percent if they book now through June 18, with the rate code OZONE18 at Outrigger.com for a holiday now through March 31, 2019.
Coral reefs are amongst the most diverse ecosystems on the plant, and while they are only found in less than one percent of the world’s oceans, they are home to 25 percent of all marine life. They also protect coastlines from waves and provide food and livelihood to coastal communities. A study published in 2017 found the global reef tourism industry alone is worth around $36 billion (Marine Policy, 2017).
However, coral reefs are in great danger. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), even the most protected coral reefs have experienced bleaching, with scientists warning that US reefs are on course to largely disappear within just a few decades due to global warming. Since 2014, coral bleaching has shifted on a global scale to both the northern and southern hemispheres, affecting close to 70 percent of the world’s total reef population.
In response to this direct threat from climate change, land-based pollution and unsustainable fishing, Outrigger launched the OZONE conservation initiative to encourage guests to become a part of the solution.
“Caring for the planet is part of Outrigger’s DNA. We believe in creating a strong sense of place for our guests and that includes the oceans surrounding the iconic destinations of our beachfront properties,” Monica Salter, vice president of corporate communications for Outrigger Enterprises Group, was quoted in a statement, as saying.
“Our resort hosts put Outrigger’s conservation mission into action each day by educating guests through our OZONE program and participating in green initiatives and volunteer projects throughout local communities. With our guests’ help, Outrigger has surpassed its goal to grow and protect 100 football fields’ worth of coral, and we are proud to continue our OZONE endeavours by providing travellers and locals alike with eco-friendly, educational and impactful experiences during each visit.”
The private island of Konotta is located 340 kilometres to the south of capital Male, and is conveniently accessible via a 55-minute flight from the main Velana International Airport to Kaadedhdhoo Airport followed by a scenic 30-minute journey on a luxurious private yacht.
The award-winning Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort offers guests the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives. Comprising 29 Beach Pool Villas, 21 Ocean Pool Villas, two Lagoon Pool Villas and the three-bedroom Grand Konotta Villa, the resort offers a complete sense of privacy and intimate luxury.
Captivate your senses with innovative dining concepts, the Navasana Spa, and high-end facilities. In between your diving lesson and massage, indulge in sumptuous Maldivian cuisine or a glass of white Burgundy in one of the resort’s restaurants or the comfort of your villa. As the sun sets, sample Japanese single malts at the Teppan bar while drinking in endless ocean views.