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Generous Marine Life Protection Initiatives At Six Senses Laamu


Six Senses Laamu is located on an island encompassed by endless clear water, richly populated by marine life of the deep blue Indian Ocean. The resort is committed to making their operation more sustainable and at the same time raise awareness to guests and the resort’s team about the importance of marine conservation. In the spirit of honoring the commitment of protecting the marine life of the Laamu Atoll, Marine Biologists Jenni Choma and Oscar Ignetik have started new projects on turtle identification and coral health and recovery.

Jenni and Oscar began identifying the turtle population of Laamu Atoll in July last year. A database of 138 unique individuals have been recorded in a span of six months. This number includes 67 Hawksbill and 71 Green turtles. Each turtle can be recognized using photo identification as the pattern of scutes on their face differs from turtle to turtle. The sightings database collected will allow the Resident Marine Biology Team at Six Senses Laamu to get an estimate of the total populations of both Green and Hawksbill turtles in Laamu. The research also plays a role in understand the movements and behaviors of these species better. To ensure the identification process and the interaction with turtles does not have a negative impact on their environment, the Resident Marine Biology Team has created the Six Senses Laamu turtle code of conduct.

Six Senses Laamu being the first resort in the Maldives to create the code of conduct for Dolphin Watching, the team is expectant that the turtle code of conduct will also have the same effect in being adopted in the Maldives, making certain that any encounter does not negatively impact the turtles, their movements and their environment.

Jenni and Oscar have also begun a dolphin sightings database to study patterns in their movements and understand the local population better. Their goal in the long term is to identify individuals and family pods.

The Resident Marine Biology Team at Six Senses Laamu has also created an intensive coral reef survey to observe the recovery rates since the El Niño bleaching event in 2016. This research allows the team to evaluate both short-term and long-term ecological impacts on the entire reef ecosystem. The recorded data will provide the team with insights that can be used in taking steps to avoid another bleaching. Steps such as planting more bleaching resistant species on the artificial reefs and in the coral nursery can be taken.

In addition to these two incentives, Six Senses Laamu continues to support the research of Manta Trust and this relationship progresses. One of the highlight of the partnership in 2016 was another first in the Maldives. A six-week detailed study was conducted with Dr. Mark Deakos, founder of HAMER (Hawaii Association of Marine Education and Research), in which nearly half of the population of 117 manta rays found around the resort were precisely sized using paired laser photogrammetry. The technique has never been used in the Maldives. It is highly praised for its non-invasive nature and how accurate it is for measuring wild free ranging manta rays effectively. The project results were submitted to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and were accepted for presentation at the country’s first ever Marine Symposium in October 2016.

Furthermore, Six Senses Laamu has also partnered with Blue Marine Foundation (BMF), to focus on the grouper fishery as the populations of groupers throughout the Maldives are suffering from mismanagement and overfishing. BMF is a charity organization dedicated to creating marine reserves and establishing sustainable models of fishing. Two members of BMF and the Marine Research Center team are on site gathering baseline data on the grouper fishery within Laamu Atoll and studying grouper spawning aggregations. The team will be the first to identify length-maturity relationships of grouper species within the Maldives, which will then be used to inform policy makers of sustainable catch size limits. They are also encouraging local support for sustainable fishing and conservation through an educational and environmental awareness (EEA) program.

The marine atmosphere and the reefs surrounding Six Senses Laamu has had an eventful year. The kindly intended hard work of the team has been acknowledged as they were honored to have been the only hotel in the world to make the shortlist for the 2017 Ocean Awards, the preeminent prizes for marine-conservation initiatives administered by Boat International and the Blue Marine Foundation. Six Senses Laamu is excited about the various marine and environmental protection projects on course and in development at the resort and the Resident Marine Biology Team looks forward to sharing more exciting news and data collected from these ongoing projects.

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Explore a Multitude of Football Camps at Siyam World This Year!

As part of its ongoing line-up of five-star experiences, Siyam World Maldives kicked off a series of unforgettable spring football camps. The resort will be featuring star players Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.

Siyam World Maldives encouraged guests to let their football skills blossom over a series of football camps. These camps will utilise the resort’s state-of-the-art sports complex and FIFA-sized soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. Participants enjoyed world-class coaching and immersive experiences designed to enhance their football techniques and passion for the sport.

Spanish Goal-keeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo

The action-packed schedule began with Spanish goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo. He graced the sandy shores from the 19th to the 23rd of March. Adrian is a key player for Liverpool FC and the Andalusia National team. During his time at the resort, he helped younger guests understand how to deal with pressure and develop key life skills. This also included developing a performance mindset.

Football Camp Experiences with Wayne Bridge

Next on the roster was Wayne Bridge who came to Siyam World from from 22nd to 31st March. He is a renowned English left-back, who returned to Siyam World for a second time already. With his infectious energy and wealth of experience from clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, Wayne inspired guests to “tackle” challenges head-on and score big on and off the field.

Francesco Totti Lights up Siyam World Football Camp

Following Wayne’s lead was the legendary Francesco Totti, lighting up Siyam World for a second time as well. He visited from 28th March to 4th April. Totti is known for his flair and loyalty to AS Roma. He brought a touch of Italian passion to the Maldives, teaching participants the art of precision and creativity in football. 

Once described by Maradona as “the best player he has ever seen”, the gifted World Cup winner and legendarily loyal one-club player (AS Roma) will be on hand to help holidaymakers hone their football skills and play to their full potential.

Michael Owen Graces the Shores of Siyam World

Closing out the star-studded lineup was Michael Owen. He is the youngest-ever Ballon d’Or winner, who graced Siyam World from the 1st to the 5th of April. Michael Owen is joining as part of the recently announced partnership with Football Escapes. Michael’s lightning-fast moves and goal-scoring prowess electrified the pitch, inspiring a new generation of football stars. Throughout the action-packed week, participants savoured daily football sessions led by Owen, a team of UEFA-licensed coaches, and internet sensation Eman – popularly known as SV2 from his viral YouTube skills videos.

Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 15 seized the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game, from tactics to technical skills. To add to the holiday experience, families enjoyed a memorable parents’ match, providing moms and dads with a chance to showcase their skills on the pitch.

Collaboration with Football Escapes – Rip Ferdinand

Later this year, and in collaboration with Football Escapes, Rio Ferdinand will also be hosting a football camp from 28 October to 1 November. He is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time. Ferdinand is famous for being one of the world’s best defenders. He will be bringing the skills he learned whilst playing for West Ham, Manchester United and Leeds United plus the England national team. 

At Siyam World, we are undoubtedly a paradise for sports enthusiasts, offering exceptional facilities for both water and land sports. My passion for football, which began in childhood collection jerseys of football legends, is embodied in our FIFTA- regulation football field. We host many football aficionados, including owners of prized jerseys and past champions who still share a deep love for the game. Siyam World is where sportsmanship thrives, providing an unparalleled destination for active trave;ers, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

The incredible resort has had the pleasure of hosting several other esteemed football legends. Italian champion Nicola Ventola graced the resort in January. Additionally, Bobo Vieri and Marco Materazzi also showcased their skills on the pitch. Joining them were players like Juan Sebastián Verón, Esteban Cambiasso, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Carlos Puyol, and Jay Jay Okocha.

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