In recognition of its sustainable outlook, Coco Bodu Hithi has achieved the prestigious Travelife Gold certification. In line with one of the core values of Coco Collection, Coco Bodu Hithi supports the local community and the fragile environment of the Maldives. Travelife is an international certification system, promoting sustainability within the tourism industry by monitoring social and environmental impacts.
During the process that led up to this achievement, the operations of the island were carefully assessed by the Travelife team, taking into account 150 sustainability criteria. These included environmental policies to minimise waste, energy and water consumption. To become more energy efficient, Coco Bodu Hithi has replaced incandescent bulbs with LED lights and controlled public area and pathway lights with photocell and timers. The amount of waste produced has been controlled by creating natural compost for the lush gardens around the island. Additionally, the resort utilises various water-saving methods; including collecting rainwater to underground tanks and re-using treated non-toxic sewerage water for gardening purposes.
Coco Bodu Hithi came up strong with further measures to protect the marine environment through the initiatives of a dedicated marine biology team. Contribution to several key projects such as the sea turtle and manta ray identification project has put the island at the top of the list of researchers identifying the behavioural patterns of these fragile species. Furthermore, Coco Bodu Hithi is very keen on environmental policies and conservation initiatives. Citizen science projects have become a norm on the island with the contribution of guests, either by submitting identification pictures of marine life, planting coral nurseries, or taking part in reef cleaning activities.
One of the most important partnerships that Coco Collection is a part of is the Olive Ridley Project, where both parties have teamed up to reduce the effects of ghost nets on marine life. Phase one includes a turtle rescue centre at Coco Palm, the portfolio’s property in Baa Atoll, with phase two seeing the construction of another centre at Coco Bodu Hithi. Through generous contributions from the purchase of plush toy turtles and by direct donations, guests have played a tremendous role in supporting this initiative.
“This achievement is celebrated by each and every associate on our team. Coco Bodu Hithi is the ideal retreat for the romantics looking to get away from the hassle of it all,” comments General Manager, Georgios Papazoglou. “At the same time, it is a haven for conscious travellers seeking to make their holiday matter. This certification puts us on the map with islands that are committed to making holidays greener.”
Among other recent developments in the green arena, both Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu have been hand-picked by Green Pearls, a portfolio of sustainable and unique places worldwide. The members of the portfolio show a large variety of approaches to sustainability, but they all have one thing in common: they guarantee a dedication to the social balance of their respective vacation area, and both Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu are proud to be associated with this.