Sustainability – Veligandu Island

Coral Regeneration – Underwater Gardening at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

Coral Regeneration Project at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, Maldives

Veligandu has two house reefs, abundant with marine life and blessed with soft corals and resident turtles. The west-facing house reef can be easily reached from the beach, while the north reef is a five-minute boat ride from the island.

With rising ocean temperatures brought about by global warming, coral bleaching is an alarming occurrence in the Maldives and all around the world. Corals play a vital role in the marine ecosystem providing food and habitats for many oceanic life species.

To protect and conserve the island’s reefs, the Veligandu team, in partnership with the Ocean Maldives, continues to enhance its commitment to the environment by launching a pilot project to help regenerate corals and ensure the reefs, aptly named the rainforests of the seas, remain healthy.

There are currently two coral frames installed on Veligadu reef, one of which is shaped like a hammerhead shark to honour Veligandu Hammerhead Shark Point, the Big Blue where guests can dive to see these elusive sharks.

 How Do You Regenerate Corals?

The team collects naturally broken live corals from the sea bed, such as Acropora coral, small polyp stony corals, and other fast-growing species. The coral fragments are then attached to a frame which will act as the artificial reef scaffolding. The pieces need to be monitored during the growth process. Any dead fragments need to be replaced, and the frame structures must be maintained by scrubbing off growing algae.

Underwater Gardening at Veligandu Island Resort & SpaCorals are delicate marine animals, and different coral species need the correct pressure, water temperature, ocean currents, and water quality to regenerate successfully. The artificial reef frames are placed in similar conditions, such as the underwater environment where the coral fragments are usuually found.

Guests can visit the reef where these coral frames are stationed whilst snorkelling and diving. Veligandu’s hammerhead shaped frame is placed visible for all guests to see from the surface, at about a depth of 5 meters (depending on the water level), on the house reef in front of the Water Sports Centre. Guests who dive can enjoy it more closely while exploring the house reef. The other smaller frames found their happy home on another side of the jetty.


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Veligandu Island Resort & Spa Launches New ‘Eco-inspired’ Video to Support the UN’s World Environment Day

Celebrating World Environment Day 2021 at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, part of Crown & Champa Resorts, the leading resort collection in the Maldives, has launched another eco-inspired video as part of World Environment Day 2021. 

With this initiative, the secluded island  joins the UN’s World Environment Day, one of the most significant global events for positive actions towards preserving and protecting the planet with this year’s theme ‘Ecosystem Restoration’, under the slogan ‘Reimagine. Recreate. Restore’.

The video presents Veligandu’s commitment to the environment, with its various long-term planet-conscious efforts, including energy optimisation, waste management, sustainable supplies, and marine conservation projects.

[Related: Sustainable Practices at Veligandu Island Resort &Spa » ]

World Environment Day 2021 Video 

To celebrate the global environmental initiative even further, the resort has organised several activities such as island and house reef cleaning in collaboration with Ocean Maldives, an awareness-raising session for guests and team members to gain valuable insight into global climate change and the Maldives’ thriving ecosystem, and a ‘nature-inspired’ dining experience, featuring a sustainably sourced menu served in a blissful beachside setting.

Find more information on June events here »

 The Secluded Haven of Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

Located in North Ari Atoll, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is one of the long-established Maldives resorts, creating indelible moments for guests since 1984. It is the perfect tropical escape providing heartfelt hospitality and an authentic beach-chic lifestyle experience, ideal for travellers looking to make unforgettable holiday memories in the most atmospheric island setting.

[Related: The Tale of Veligandu, a Collection of Time-honoured Photographs that Showcases the Resort’s Inspiring 37-year History » ]

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Celebrating Earth Day 2021 With Activities & Events With Veligandu

At Veligandu, the team is committed to protecting the environment. We do this through the continuous improvement of our daily processes and services. Promoting environmental awareness is at the core of all our projects and events.

The team has curated and put together much-loved dining activities by guests, infused with the effort to minimise the carbon footprint, sustainable and environmentally-friendly. The beach dinners, served outdoors use the sunset and candles for ambience and lighting for energy efficiency. Organic herbs; the lobsters prepared are fresh, sustainably and locally caught. The ambience will be romantic and eco friendly.

To bring one closer to nature, excursions are specially arranged for guests to indulge and experience as both can be done while treading lightly on the environment. Take a traditional Maldivian Dhoni snorkelling trip or guests can opt for a star-gazing cruise to breathe in the fresh salty air in the Maldives with new respect to Mother Earth.

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Earth Day activity ideas to do during your holiday in Veligandu, Maldives

ECO BEACH DINNER

Thursday, 22 April 2021 from 2000 to 2200 | Madivaru
USD 260.00 per couple

Live music is played during Veligandu’s talented Maldivian in-house band, ”Spirit Henge”.
The guest will also receive a complimentary photograph as a souvenir.

Menu:
Amuse bouche
Starter: Yellow-fin Tuna Carpaccio, Bio Framed Green & Leaf Salad
Soup: Lemony Foam Artichoke Cream with Pan Seared Shrimp
Main Course:
72 Hours Slow Braised Lamb with Roasted Chop Potato, Parmesan Gratin, Cauliflower Somite & Rosemary Jus
OR
Grilled Maldivian Lobster with Garlic-Parsley butter, Potato Mashed & Lobster Sauce
Dessert: Raspberry & Passion Fruit Parfait
Small Carafe of Home Made Sangria
Selection of Tea or Coffee
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ECO BEACH DINNER WITH EXCURSION

Thursday, 22 April 2021
Original Price: USD 350.00 per couple
With 15% Discount: USD 297.50 per couple

Package Includes:
Eco-Beach Dinner from 2000 to 2200 at the Madivaru Beach

And

Traditional Dhoni Snorkeling Trip with a cool box for 1 hour 30 minutes.
Maximum 2 couples per trip.
OR
Star Gazing Cruise with fruit punch & water for 1 hour.
Maximum 2 couples per trip
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ECO BEACH DINNER WITH EXCURSION AND A ROMANTIC SPA TREATMENT

Thursday, 22 April 2021
Original Price: USD 625.00 per couple
With 30% Discount: USD 437.50 per couple

Package Includes:
Romantic Spa Treatment: Inclusive of relaxing massage & a tropical bath for 90 Minutes at Duniye Spa
Eco-Beach Dinner from 2000 to 2200 at the Madivaru Beach
And
Traditional Dhoni Snorkeling Trip with a cool box for 1 hour 30 minutes.
Maximum 2 couples per trip.
OR
Star Gazing Cruise with fruit punch & water for 1 hour.
Maximum 2 couples per trip

For dinner reservations and more information, guests on the island can speak to your waiter or Island Host.
Guests planning to visit Veligandu can contact reservations@veligandu.com


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Sustainable Practices at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Sustainable Practices at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, the Maldives’ Secluded Island

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, one of the leading sustainably-run resorts in the Maldives, is committed to taking action to make a positive difference to preserve and protect our beautiful yet fragile environment.

We believe that in order to achieve sustainability goals, we have to make our team members, guests, and partners more aware of environmental issues and work closely together in the conservation of natural resources for future generations.

To help conserve the natural beauty surrounding us and reduce our impact on it, we have placed several sustainable practices at our eco-friendly Maldives resort.

Energy Optimization: At Veligandu, we have implemented efficient lighting in all our villas and public areas, with about 97% of light bulbs replaced with energy-saving LED lamps. This has helped the resort achieve a 2% reduction in energy consumption.

Waste Management: Our suppliers’ environmental impact has become a paramount consideration for our purchasing department. We now work with our suppliers to minimise packaging and ensure that it has to be reusable or recyclable whenever packaging is needed. Moreover, we have significantly reduced the use of single-use plastics by completely replacing plastic drinking straws and plastic water bottles with more environmentally-friendly alternatives.

Sustainable Supplies: Our philosophy of ‘ocean to plate’ means that much of our fresh seafood is sourced locally from our neighbouring islands, thus creating revenue for local fishermen and their families. Additionally, we regularly purchase fresh produce from the nearby Thodhoo Island supporting the livelihood of the locals.

Travellife Gold Award: The Travellife Gold Award is given to resorts with a continued commitment to green issues. We are a proud recipient of this prestigious sustainability certification, which is only a testament to our dedication to implementing sustainable practices, reducing our negative impact on the environment and encouraging our team members, guests and local community to be mindful of the natural surroundings.

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Veligandu Island Sustainable Maldives Resort

Looking for a sustainable resort from which to explore the many wonders of the Maldives? Located in North Ari Atoll, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is one of the Maldives’ leading eco-friendly resorts. It is the perfect tropical escape providing heartfelt hospitality and an authentic beach-chic lifestyle experience, ideal for travellers looking to create memorable moments in the most atmospheric island setting.

Click here to view our special offers and deals. We continue to allow for maximum flexibility for the next normal traveller. Book now at your convenience with the freedom of FREE Cancellation on Room Rate for cancellation received three days before arrival.

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