World Turtle Day is May 23rd each year and is celebrated throughout the world. This annual observance is held to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Though turtles have existed more than 100 million years, outliving dinosaurs, they are rapidly disappearing. Sea turtles, in particular face several threats from plastic pollution to the destruction of feeding and nesting sites.
Five of the world’s seven species of sea turtle call Maldives home, including the endangered Olive Ridley. Almost half of all the identified green sea turtles in the Maldives live in Lhaviyani Atoll, where Crown & Champa Resorts has five of its properties and nearly all of them can be found around the Kuredu Island Resort hose reef. In neighboring Komandoo Island Resort & Spa’s house reef, you are most likely see Green Sea Turtles as well as Hawksbill Sea Turtles.
At all of our properties, it is common for guests’ snorkeling or diving to come across these graceful creatures. Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, well-known for whale shark spotting in the South Ari Atoll is also close to the world renowned Turtle Reef. Hawkbills Sea Turtles and Green sea turtle can be seen all year round around Veligandu Island Resort & Spa.
All Crown & Champa Resorts are on the watch for ghost nets when out at sea and as seen in a recent video from Meeru Island Resort & Spa, this vigilance rescued a Maldivian sea turtle. Education is a must to ensure turtle conservation. At Hurawalhi Maldives, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, Komandoo Island Resort and Kuredu, guests can participate in adopting a turtle with the Olive Ridley Project. We will continue to rescue, protect turtles and conserve their natural habitat for them.
How to Swim with Sea Turtles
For almost a hundred million years sea turtles and their ancestors have roamed the oceans. However these Though tough survivors are classified as endangered and their future is uncertain. To pay respect to them, us and your descendants, please observe our code of conduct:
- Do not disrupt the turtles’ natural behaviour!
- Do not touch them! They can feel through their carapace and hate to be touched!
- Do not prevent them from taking a breath of air on the surface, they can drown immediately!
- Do not provoke them! If you do, you’re likely to experience one of world’s most powerful bites.
- There is no best way to ride a turtle. Do not even think about it!
Source: Olive Ridley Project
The Maldives is the epitome of romance, the destination of dream honeymoon resorts and some of the most romantic hotels in the world. Couples escaping to any of the idyllic Crown and Champa Resorts this February will fall head over heels in love with the array of romantic indulgences with which to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Remember though, in the Maldives, every day is Valentine’s Day and love is celebrated throughout the year!
Love Maldives Resorts
Small, intimate resorts such as Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, Hurawalhi Island Resort & Spa and the adults-only Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, are custom-made for romance and couples will delight in the quiet and luxurious surroundings with service that is attentive yet discreet. Couples holidaying at the larger resorts of Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, Meeru Island Resort & Spa, Innahura Maldives Resort and Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa will not be disappointed when it comes to romantic things to do. There are many experiences and excursions tailored for love and plenty of quiet havens to be found around these stunning islands.
The Maldives has all the ingredients for a perfect romantic escape, no matter which resort you choose. From champagne breakfasts at your villa and candlelight dinners on the beach to indulgent couples’ massages at the spa and glorious sunsets sipping your favourite cocktail. Perhaps an exotic excursion to a deserted sandbank for the best day of your wildest dreams or a boat trip to spot dolphins, the choice is yours and, if a surprise treat is your plan, our resorts are experts in being discreet. Always dreamed of a beach wedding in paradise? Dreams come true in the Maldives with all of our resorts offering symbolic wedding ceremonies or exchange of vow events tailored to your requirements.
Here at Crown and Champa Resorts, we believe in loving yourself too and whether your love is for the ocean, spa treatments or learning new things, a holiday is the perfect chance to take advantage of a little ‘me-time’. If you have a burning ambition to learn to dive or try a new water sport, seize the moment and sign up. Perhaps your own wellness needs to be pushed up the priority list? Join a yoga class, eat healthily from our sumptuous buffets and, above all, find time to relax in the beautiful surroundings.
Get ready to fall in love with the Maldives.
With so many amazing places in the world to visit, picking your next destination can be overwhelming. If you want to experience the unforgettable, add the Maldives to your 2020 travel bucket list. Many of the activities synonymous with a holiday in the Maldives are bucket list items in their own right, allowing you to realise a handful of dreams!
Experience the spectacular at Hurawalhi Island Resort’s 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, the largest all-glass underwater restaurant in the world. Situated 5.8 meters below the surface, it is a design masterpiece where you can enjoy the gastronomic extravaganza of the multi-course tasting menu while, at the same time, viewing the incredible Maldives’ marine life.
Swimming with Whale Sharks
Experience the thrill of coming face to face with the largest fish in the ocean – the whale shark. These gentle giants reach an average length of 10 meters and, being filter feeders living on plankton, they are absolutely harmless. Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is an excellent location if you want to tick whale sharks off your bucket list – the resort offers regular trips in search of these iconic Maldives creatures.
For picture-perfect views as far as the eye can see, stay at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa and hop on a luxury sailing boat for a day of tropical exploration. Admire the impossibly blue lagoons, sugar-white sandy beaches and perhaps even play host to a pod of dolphins as they swim in the bow wave.
Romantic Dining Experiences
For a romantic dining experience to beat all others, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa and Komandoo Island Resort & Spa are where you should stay. Prepare to be enchanted by the blanket of stars overhead and the feeling of sand beneath your toes as you indulge in an intimate beach dinner. Romantic dining experiences can also be arranged at all other resorts.
Add the Maldives to your 2020 travel bucket list and make it an epic year to remember!
The beauty and charm of the Maldives are undeniable. Warm temperatures, expansive stretches of pristine beach and turquoise waters have appealed to travellers seeking some respite from the biting winter cold. While there is much to do on land, from sipping delicious cocktails to receiving a world-class massage in a scenic spa, there is much more to do at sea. The tropical climate and the abundance of magnificent reefs brimming with marine life, make the Maldives a swimmer’s paradise. Below are a few thrilling bucket list experiences to try.
Spend A Day At Sea In Vilamendhoo
Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is world-renowned for having one of the finest house reefs in the Maldives. A diver’s dream, Vilamendhoo’s house reef is just a short swim away from the beach, allowing swimmers to experience the magical underwater world. Vilamendhoo has a 5 Star PADI Certified Dive Centre, operated by Euro-Divers, that offers not only courses but also excursions. One such excursion is the Ocean Discovery, a full day trip that takes you to the most popular reefs, giving you the chance to hopefully spot and swim with Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Sea Turtles and so much more. Swimming with Whale Sharks, the gentle giants of the sea, is an unforgettable experience that we highly recommend.
Visit The ‘Turtle Airport’ In Kuredu
Ten minutes away from Kuredu Island Resort & Spa are the Kuredu Caves. This popular dive spot is also fondly referred to as ‘Turtle Airport’ as it is home to an astounding number of sea turtles. Adventurers at heart, Sea Turtles often travel for thousands of miles, crossing oceans to feed before returning home. Kuredu Caves has a series of overhangs that drop down to twenty metres. Here, you are likely to see stingrays, porcupine fish, lionfish, moray eels and much more. Kuredu’s Dive Centre is operated by Prodivers Maldives, a 5 Star PADI Dive Centre that caters to beginners and experienced divers alike.
Whether you are looking for a thrilling holiday, or a tranquil retreat, as Crown and Champa Resorts, we have something to meet your needs. View our resorts and find your next holiday destination.
Wellness travel is a rapidly developing area of travel. With the hectic and frenetic pace of everyday life, it is no wonder that we feel the need to escape to a haven where we can refresh, re-energise and regroup. At Crown & Champa Resorts, we are committed to exceeding your expectations with outstanding experiences that satisfy your needs. If you are looking for a vacation that will leave you healthier and energised both physically and mentally, we highly recommend the ones listed below.
At One With The Ocean Wellness Retreats in Hurawalhi Island Resort
The At One With The Ocean Wellness Retreats in Hurawalhi Island Resort tap into the great power of the ocean and nature to create a transformative experience. Suitable for solo and couple travellers alike, the retreats feature morning yoga and meditation at 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, wave healing, aqua fitness, guided snorkelling and more. Happening in June, August and October, the powerful retreats will be full of insightful lessons for all who attend.
Ohana Yoga Retreat in Kuredu Island Resort & Spa
Find your zen at the Ohana Yoga Retreat in Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, conducted by Ohana Yoga Studio. Scheduled from September 29 to October 6, the retreat promises an uplifting and powerful experience to help you find your inner balance. With activities such as evening flow yoga, workshops, sunrise and yin yoga to moon and stars meditation, the Ohana Yoga Retreat guarantees eight days of wellness while in a tropical paradise.
For a shorter but still transformative wellness experience, step into Sulha Spa in Kudadoo Maldives Private Island or Duniye Spa in Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, Meeru Island Resort & Spa, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa and Innahura Maldives Resort.