Published on : Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Arriving to the forest-lined hillsides and open ocean views of Seychelles, vacationing couples are instantly immersed into the nature of the islands, yet to offer a bond that lasts for a lifetime, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is introducing a new interactive marine experience to save and sponsor a coral fragment, as part of the Petite Anse Reef Restoration Project.
Whether newlyweds, couples celebrating an anniversary, or simply those on a romantic escape together, the luxurious Seychelles resort, along with marine education and conservation partner WiseOceans, is providing every couple the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing reef restoration project. As part of the new Love Grows Beautiful Things experience, guests will help prepare a rescued coral fragment for attachment to a heart-shaped metal frame (that will help sustain the growth of their coral), before it is planted into the coral nursery for a full recovery, and eventual transplantation back to the reef.
Under the expert guidance of Georgina Beresford, the WiseOceans Reef Restoration Project Officer, couples may also take to the water with WiseOceans to watch the planting of their fragment in the coral nursery, before a guided snorkel of the bay, where numerous fish, and on occasion sea turtles, may be seen living among the coral. After a number of months in the coral nursery, the strengthened coral will be transplanted back onto the reef – during this time, couples will receive email updates on their fragment to allow them to keep up to date on its progress.
Commenting on the new experience, Georgina says: “I’m thrilled to be able to share the work of the Petite Anse Reef Restoration Project with guests of the Resort, and this new experience is a great way for couples to share their love with the marine life that calls Petite Anse home. The Love Grows Beautiful Things experience is not just an enjoyable way to spend a day at the beach, but most importantly, it is a worthwhile act that helps to support the coral reef and connects couples with the nature of Seychelles.”
Every heart-shaped metal frame is engraved with “Love Grows Beautiful Things” and each couple will receive a special handmade gift after the experience, as a thank you from the reef and from the WiseOceans team for their valuable contribution to the project.
The Petite Anse Reef Restoration Project is a partnership between Four Seasons Resort Seychelles and WiseOceans that was launched in March 2015, with the aim of restoring 10,000 square metres (100,000 square feet) of coral reef in Petite Anse bay. The method of restoration is unique to Petite Anse, attaching coral fragments to metal bars and growing them in an underwater nursery until they are ready to be transplanted back onto the reef.
Source:- Four Seasons Hotels & Resort