MALDIVES

I went to the Maldives with The Independent and Coco Resorts to find out about their eco hotel on Dhuni Kolu Island. The resort collaborates with a program set up in the UK to protect sea turtles in the Indian Ocean called The Olive Ridley Project. Along with the resident marine biologist we searched for endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles which had to be tagged and photographed for scientific research. The resort is building a turtle conservation centre on the island. This may sadly be in regular use. The coral reefs surrounding the islands have been bleached due to the water being 4 degrees hotter than it should be. This is of course having a knock on effect on much of the sealife. 

A reef viewed from the seaplane. 

A reef viewed from the seaplane. 

Approaching the island on a traditional Maldivian boat.  

Approaching the island on a traditional Maldivian boat.  

The Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu resort. 

The Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu resort. 

Flotation tanks under construction for the future turtle conservation centre. 

Flotation tanks under construction for the future turtle conservation centre. 

Resident Marine Biologist Inês Marcelo.

Resident Marine Biologist Inês Marcelo.

A sea turtle nest. The government protects turtles and their eggs by law. The nest cannot be touched or moved. 

A sea turtle nest. The government protects turtles and their eggs by law. The nest cannot be touched or moved. 

The resort grows a lot of the food it provides guests. 

The resort grows a lot of the food it provides guests. 

Wild spinner dolphins, also endangered. 

Wild spinner dolphins, also endangered. 

The fish for guests is line caught locally. Ghost net fishing is what has endangered the turtles of the Maldives. 

The fish for guests is line caught locally. Ghost net fishing is what has endangered the turtles of the Maldives. 

We met some local fishermen on a nearby island. Fishing is practically their only source of income, but through education they are learning how to earn a living and keep the environment intact. 

We met some local fishermen on a nearby island. Fishing is practically their only source of income, but through education they are learning how to earn a living and keep the environment intact.