Since launching in 2008, Banyan Tree Bintan in Indonesia has been on a mission to support the local environment and community through initiatives as beach clean-ups, nature tours and the Sea Turtle Conservation Project that focuses on rescuing sea turtle eggs.
Since 2008, thanks to the combined efforts of the resort’s Conservation Lab, students from Raja Ali Haji Maritime University and local volunteers, 5,861 hatchlings of green and hawksbill turtles, both endangered, have been released into the South China Sea after being nurtured in a hatchery away from natural predators for two months.
Resort guests are often invited to participate in baby turtles’ releases, as well as to help track local species on guided birdwatching tours and while walking a tree trek trail or journeying through nearby mangroves.
Learn more about Banyan Tree Bintan’s conservation efforts from our Cluster Sustainability Coordinator here.
At Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, innovation and nature preservation go hand in hand.
In 1996, the property launched the Barnacle – the first reef in the Maldives that uses electrolysis to stimulate and increase calcification rates of the coral skeleton. Since then, two more electric frames were introduced alongside such coral preservation techniques as micro fragmentation, coral nurseries and iron support structures.
Through a combination of citizen science and coral planting by guests and employees, a total of 13,075 corals have been gardened between sister properties Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Dhawa Ihuru since 2015, with 3,364 planted in 2022 alone.
Angsana Velavaru, also in the Maldives, successfully runs its own reef preservation programme focused on reef clean-ups, reef monitoring, coral gardening and awareness campaigns.