Kurumba Maldives was the country’s first private island resort and, having pioneered tourism to the islands for 47 years, it has remained one of the finest. Kurumba takes its name from the Maldivian word for ‘coconut’, which grows in abundance across this tropical haven, and the 5 star resort’s peerless blend of luxury and tranquillity tempts many a visitor to return to its sandy shores time and time again.
This year, on the 22nd April, Kurumba’s team and guests were invited to participate in activities across the island to raise awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and to protect endangered species. “When we come together, the impact can be monumental”- a call to action from Earth Day Network bringing together people across the world to fight the plastic tide.
Earth Day at Kurumba Maldives began with a clean-up activity in the beach and lagoon areas from very early morning, followed by a trip to clean up trash in a remote sandbank nearby. Later in the evening, a reef clean-up activity was also organised by Kurumba’s dive team, Euro Divers, for certified divers to participate in. A huge amount of trash – mainly plastics – were collected during these activities alerting everyone about the major environmental issue which we are facing: plastic pollution in the ocean.
While across the globe, people are looking for ways to give back to the environment, at Kurumba organised a celebration for the responsibility of green living. Tree planting was held across the island with the participation from guests of all ages, the activity was particular popular for children in the Majaa Kids Club. A special ‘Mystery of Kurumba’ tour was conducted, educating guests in the effective recycling process at the back of house.
The highlight of Earth Day this year at Kurumba was the launch of the “Fish-Bins”. In the shape of fishes, these four wire art sculptures were individually hand crafted with an aim to use art as a call to action. Each of these fish sculptures has its own name and story and was filled with plastic bottles to symbolise the threats of plastics to the ocean and its marine life.
The event ended with an urge to everyone who cares about the future of our planet to adopt new behaviours and habits that benefit our planet, and to ensure that those actions become part of our daily routine.