Maldives island hopping vacation

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Responsible tourism: Maldives island hopping vacation

Environment

Transport
We recommend low carbon transport and make the journey as stimulating and sustainable as the stay allowing our guests on our Stay Local tour to travel by public ferries and experience true local transportation. Whilst cars do exist within the capital area of Male, none of our team travel by any other mode of transport when traveling to and from work other than foot, bicycle or public transport.

Waste
We free the land, sea and waterways from rubbish and pollution.The Maldives is a fragile environment. It is more fragile and more in danger than most other places on earth. The country’s existence relies on healthy coral reefs and a moderation of the sea level rise. The Maldives struggles to eliminate all the rubbish produced by over 1 million tourists per year and whilst educating locals in waste management is all part of a large project, as visitors to their home we encourage our guests to support in the following ways and help by leading by example. For this reason and for the obvious difficulty in eliminating several materials, we suggest to bring back the empty containers of shampoo, bath foam, conditioner, cream and photograph film, Reuse plastic bags in shops. We are currently, in the process of designing and producing roll away shopping bags that will be given as a welcome gift to all our guests, with the opportunity for guests to purchase additional bags for us to distribute within the community.

Community

A fair deal
We offer local people good working conditions, a fair wage, and empower them with training opportunities. We employ 1 local within our office who deals with all our day to day administration and 2 local guides who assist with airport receipt and departure as well as accompanying our guests on a number of different tours, activities and excursions, sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge for their country. Whilst our guides have benefited from completing the Maldives Ministry of Tourism Guide Course, all the team have benefited from in house service training. Every member of the team is involved with our local island package development, planning and organisation and their input has allowed us to develop a very unique product.

Traveling with respect
We work to create good relationships between tourists and the local community. We respect local customs and culture. We want our guests to learn about local customs and cultural practices whilst respecting local dress and cultural requirements. It is a practice on all tours to teach basic local language and this is also included on our welcome leaflet so that our guests can as a minimum offer a greeting in the local Dhivehi language. Our Stay Local tour includes the opportunity to eat at the home of a local family and sample local cuisine ate in local style without the aid of cutlery, allowing guests and locals to interact and share a unique experience.

1 Reviews of Maldives island hopping vacation

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Reviewed on 03 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Snorkelling in the reefs, staying on islands that were not touristic and having heaps of fun with my guide Kokko

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared to spend time chilling out in the afternoons as it is hot.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


yes, staying in local guest houses, eating meals with families and using local boats and crews benefitted the community. The only negative is the reliance on bottle water and the subsequent waste generated.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I loved it and will definitely return again.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Vicki,

Thank you for taking time to write your review. I am delighted to learn that you had a great time and were well looked after by your personal guide Kokko Ibbe. Local tourism in the Maldives at just 6 years old is still very much in it's infancy and there are indeed challenges and improvement opportunities to be made.

The Maldivian’s would historically have thrown their waste into the ocean, however, that was in the days when waste would have been predominantly food waste and all biodegradable, then came along plastic and then came over one million visitors. Add all this together and we are presented with a country that has a significant challenge regarding waste removal.

Positively, there are a number of actions being taken to manage waste and over time a more environmentally friendly waste management process will come into being throughout the archipelago. Whilst the obvious answer is for the government to ban the use of plastic bags and bottles we are a long way from this decision being made. However, as a business we work closely with NGO Save the Beach to increase awareness of both waste management and coral reef protection. Last year we sponsored and supported waste management presentations in schools in the capital. We also take part in monthly beach or city clean ups in Hulhumale where our office is based. I have been visiting the Maldives since 2000 and have had the pleasure of living here for the past 6 years. I have personally seen waste management practices improve over this period of time. There is certainly a growing awareness and it is also encouraging to see a lot of youth involvement. Whilst it is going to be a slow process to achieve a plastic free nation especially as we rely on bottked water as visitors to the country we can all play our part by taking home plastic waste wherever possible and by leading by example. We look forward to you traveling with us again in the future. Kind Regards, Ruth

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