Earth Day is traditionally a big celebration here at Coco Collection, as we always ensure it is a special day for our guests, associates, as well as neighboring communities. In the rustic and eco-friendly Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, the day started out perfectly: Our Resident Marine Biologist, Chiara Fumagalli, took some of our guests on an exciting snorkeling excursion which began with a pod of dolphins dropping by to say hello to everyone. From there on, the excursion got even better! Our guests met Birgit Elizabeth, a resident sea turtle at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, and got to swim along with her for a little while. Did you know that in 2013, Birgit Elizabeth was the Sea Turtle of the Year in Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu? She is simply gorgeous and loves to pose for pictures!
If that wasn’t enough to make everyone’s day, our guests saw a beautiful bright Sea Anemone that happened to be the home of a Clown fish! As everyone watched in awe, the Clown fish popped in and out of the vibrant anemone, playful as ever.
On the resort itself, the activities were as colorful as the underwater scenery of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu. Our associates welcomed the officials and students of Baa Atoll Thulhaadhoo School for an educational session in commemoration of Earth Day. The island of Thulhaadhoo and its inhabitants are very dear to Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and during the years, they have become part of the family surrounding the resort.
After some refreshments at Cornus Restaurant, the students and officials were treated to a special tour of the resort where our Resident Manager, Mr. Gafoor, showed them around the island highlighting the environment friendly initiatives that Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is involved in.
The most important part of the day for the students was the talk given by Chiara Fumagalli, our Resident Marine Biologist. The presentation under the theme of “How Long Until It’s Gone?” reflected on the fragile state of Mother Earth, highlighting on the long periods that are required for marine debris to decompose. The presentation and the talk by Chiara and other associates of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu was an eye opener about how we are indeed guests on this planet. After the presentation, engaging activities were conducted among groups of students to enrich their knowledge regarding environmental awareness.
In both Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and Coco Bodu Hithi, cleaning activities took place among the participants. The students of Thulhaadhoo and the associates of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu were joined by guests to clean the lagoon and some areas of the island as well. At moments like this, the spotless beauty of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu definitely shines through.
In Coco Bodu Hithi, guests and associates were no less enthusiastic, cleaning around the lagoon and certain areas of the island; for a limited time, power was cut from the associate area in order to demonstrate our dependency on this modern convenience, and save energy at the same time. Breeze Beach was a buzz of activity for the guests as our associates invited them to join further activities which included a special Barbecue right on the beach to feed hungry and exhausted participants!
A tradition at both Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and Coco Bodu Hithi during Earth Day is for our guests and associates to come together and plant trees on the islands. In Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, the students and officials from Thulhaadhoo joined our guests and associates to plant some saplings for Earth Day. And in Coco Bodu Hithi, associates planted trees in special patches and fixed a plaque in remembrance of the days’ activities.
In Coco Bodu Hithi, the day ended with all the participants of the day’s activities creating a tribute board with colorful individual handprints in remembrance of the celebrations. At night, the documentary film “Home” screened on Breeze Beach, showing the diversity of life on Earth and how human behavior is threatening the balance of the eco-system. In Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, we bade goodbye to the students of Thulhaadhoo School, hoping to see them again soon.
By educating our peers, we are raising awareness regarding the fragile state of Earth and hope to continue this journey within our small society. We hope that you are able to join us for next years’ Earth Day because activities like these are always close to our hearts at Coco Collection.