RELEASE NUMBER 71/16
The beach on Konotta Island | marine biologist Caterina Fattori | meet a turtle family
KONOTTA ISLAND, MALDIVES — Visitors to the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort in July will be able to join the resort’s in-house marine biologist to participate in a range of activities such as PADI Women’s Dive Day, Shark Awareness Day and International Plastic Bag Free Day.
In addition, the property is unveiling a turtle quest trip, stargazing cruise and snorkeling with a marine biologist.
On July 3, at the resort pool bar, the island’s resident marine biologist Caterina Fattori of Best Dives Maldives will conduct a presentation on marine debris. Globally, 80 percent of marine litter is plastic. Around 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans every year. The majority of this waste comes from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
For Shark Awareness Day on July 14, Ms. Fattori will give a presentation on sharks at the pool bar. Children at the resort will be invited to the Kids Club for shark-related ‘edutainment.’ There are over 400 types of shark ranging in size from 6 inches (15cm) to 45 feet (13.5m) around the world. Sharks have been around for 400 million years and predate dinosaurs.
On July 16, Outrigger will invite all ladies staying at the resort for a scuba dive, preceded by a free first-breath underwater session in the resort pool for beginners.
Guests at the Outrigger can also join a new tour called Turtle Quest that visits a newly discovered Hawksbill turtle family on a nearby reef.
Snorkeling with Ms. Fattori will become a regular feature. Each trip she will give a detailed pre-dive briefing on the barrier reef and help with identification of species. She has also introduced sunset snorkeling for insights into a different range of species that can be seen underwater in the evening.
Ms. Fattori has also been in charge of a coral restoration project at the Outrigger, part of Outrigger’s worldwide OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE) marine conservation commitment. Guests can also experience this by snorkel or scuba dives, accompanied by the marine biologist.
“We can create marine excursions and study trips to suit all levels of interest and diving capability,” says Ms. Fattori. “Indeed, quite a few of our guests don’t scuba dive but just enjoy our marine briefing sessions and some snorkeling. We have marine experiences for all levels.”
Further information about the marine excursions and trips available at the Outrigger in the Maldives are available on the Best Dives Maldives Konotta Island pages here.
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