The Marine Team at Six Senses Laamu strives to inspire visiting guests, fellow hosts and local communities by promoting education and awareness of the marine environment. The team is the largest of its kind in the country and conducts valuable research to impliment long-term conservation in Laamu Atoll.
We invite guests to join us for any of the following activities during their stay:
- Guided Snorkel – Join a marine biologist to snorkel daily on our house reef, or join the team on any of three afternoons per week for our two-hour boat excursion to two different reefs within the atoll.
- Dolphin Cruise – Relax and watch the beautiful sunset whilst we search for dolphins; we have a high success rate of seeing the acrobatic spinner dolphins and if we are lucky we may see some curious bottlenose dolphins also.
- Evening Presentations – Five nights per week we hold presentations about marine life, covering topics from turtles to sharks, rays, dolphins, fish families, coral reefs and more.
- Reef Clean Ups – Once per week guests are invited to join our team of hosts to clean the ocean and remove as much trash as possible from the reefs around our island.
- Kids Club – Once per week we join our little VIPs to teach them about marine life with fun games and activities.
We are lucky in Laamu Atoll to have a healthy population of both green and hawksbill sea turtles. We know this because turtles have a unique pattern of scales on their face which allows us to identify each as an individual, and in turn learn about the local population distribution.
- Identification Database – Help us photograph and identify green and hawksbill turtles seen on our snorkel and dive sites.
- Nesting – Female green turtles usually arrive in March and nesting occurs through July. We take minimal data while the female is on the beach so as not to disturb her.
- Hatching – Juveniles will hatch approximately two months after nesting, usually May through September. Guests can sign up to witness this magical event, which usually occurs during the night.
- Rescue – We free any turtles we encounter that are injured or stuck in a ghost net and work closely with the Olive Ridley Project based here in the Maldives.
Six Senses Laamu was the first resort in the Maldives to establish and implement a Code of Conduct for dolphin watching in order to protect the local spinner and bottlenose dolphins, and to ensure the future sustainability of their populations. This includes key information about how to approach a pod of dolphins in a boat and what distance and speed to maintain whilst with the pod.
We have created a Code of Conduct for snorkelers and divers to ensure positive interactions with turtles seen on our reefs. A calm approach and keeping a suitable distance are key factors affecting your interaction with any turtle.
Manta Ray Interactions
We use the Manta Trust Code of Conduct for how to interact with manta rays whilst diving. These thorough guidelines include information for boats, divers and snorkelers.
We endeavor to keep our reefs healthy by:
- Informing all visitors about responsible snorkeling and diving behavior
- Installing mooring buoys for boats to avoid anchor damage
- Not carrying out any destructive night-fishing activities for guest amusement
- Not engaging in coral transplantation or propagation projects of dubious value
- Discouraging guests and hosts from feeding wildlife and fish
- Encouraging guests to leave all debris, shells, coral pieces and sand on the beach or in the reef
- Not selling any shells, coral or other animal products in our gift shop
We carry out surveys of all megafauna, fish and coral in order to gain baseline knowledge on the populations of marine life and health of the coral reef over time. We began a biodiversity database in 2016 to establish the number of species we see at our surrounding snorkel and dive sites which could play a role in allowing us to set up protection measures in the future. In 2017 we established a coral nursery containing coral fragments of 10 different species which will spend approximately one year growing in the nursery before transplantation occurs back onto the house reef. This is in order to increase coral cover and diversity following the El Nino coral bleaching event of 2016.
Our dive center, Deep Blue Divers, is Green Fins certified, PADI Green Star certified, and 100% Aware by Project Aware. We work with our dive instructors to ensure our policies and dive courses are up to resort sustainability standards, as well as raising diver awareness of what they can do to protect the marine environment.
Six Senses Laamu recognizes the ecological importance of sea grass habitats and pledges to play a more active role in the conservation of sea grass beds around the resort island and in the Laamu Atoll. Seagrass acts as a nursery habitat to many fish and invertebrate species; it is a direct food source for green turtles which can each consume up to two kilograms (almost four-and-a-half pounds) per day as an adult; it acts as a carbon dioxide sink and releases vast amounts of oxygen; it filters nutrients out of the water; and it stabilizes the sediment on the seafloor. The loss of seagrass beds would have a direct and drastic impact on the surrounding coral reefs and we plan to communicate the need for sea grass conservation to guests and locals and eventually encourage this action Maldives-wide.