Inspiring Children to be in Harmony with Nature in the Maldives and Fiji

Shangri-La Sustainability programs around the world aim to conserve and protect the surrounding environment. Some of our properties also help educate their community and guests about how they can help the environment. Recently, Shangri-La resorts in the Maldives and Fiji implemented educational programs about their ecosystems, why they are important, and how to help the ecosystems survive for years to come.

In the Maldives, the Addu Atoll is home to some of the most biodiverse marine environments on the planet with eagle rays, turtles and black tipped reef sharks. To highlight this unique environment, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives created a Tropical Safari for young guests to experience the ecosystem and the healthiest corals in the Maldives. Through the Tropical Safari, guests are given a personal Island Safari Handbook complete with a safari map to help them spot a variety of land and sea animals. Guests who successfully identify all ten animals in the handbook are awarded their own ‘Top Tracker’ certificate. Children can also take part in a Jungle Discovery where they can see local creatures such as flying foxes and geckos. There is also the competitive Crab Hunting and Racing and an educational and informative Underwater Adventure where children learn interesting facts about the marine life at Villingili.

In Fiji, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island partnered with The Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) and Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park (SSDNP) to teach local children about the surrounding ecosystem. Five students and teachers from different schools were selected to participate in the three-day Nature Camp, where they enjoyed nature-related activities.

On the first day, Ms. Sera Saladuadua, the senior education officer, officially welcomed the students and teachers to the camp. The students had a busy first day filled with fun team building exercises, ice breakers, composting, seed sowing, tree planting and arts and crafts.

On the second day, the students visited the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, where they participated in nature activities including bird watching, beach cleanup and more arts and crafts.

On the final day of the camp, the participants visited the resort to help plant mangroves and learn about the importance of the coastal environment. With the help of staff and volunteers, the students planted 100 mangrove seedlings. Students ended the camp and the day with a ‘dune race’ at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. At the end of the day, each student received a certificate of participation.

By the end of the program, the students and teachers were excited to go back to their schools to apply their new nature knowledge to start new clubs and projects.

Thank you to our resorts in the Maldives and Fiji for helping to educate guests and their community about environment protection and conservation.