Guests can actively participate in responsible tourism during their stay with Secret Paradise by following key practices whch include but are not limited to the following:
– Using Reef-Safe Sunscreen: Guests are encouraged to use reef-safe sunscreen to minimize harm to coral reefs and marine life when snorkeling or swimming in the waters of the Maldives. Reef-safe sunscreens are formulated without harmful chemicals that can damage coral reefs, making them a more environmentally friendly choice.
– Following Green Fins Snorkeling Guidelines: Guests should adhere to the Green Fins snorkeling guidelines when in the water, which promote responsible snorkeling practices such as maintaining a safe distance from coral reefs, avoiding touching or damaging marine life, and using proper snorkeling techniques to minimize impact on the environment.
– Do Not Touch or Feed Marine Life: By refraining from touching or feeding marine life, guests help preserve the natural balance of marine ecosystems and respect the well-being of the animals that call these environments home. The feeding of sharks and stingrays is illegal in the Maldives but the practice continues. Do not be afraid to challenge a property of an operator who may be offering this as an ‘experience’.
– Respecting Local Customs and Culture: Guests are advised to dress appropriately when visiting islands, respecting the customs and traditions of the Maldives. This includes wearing modest clothing that covers shoulders and knees, particularly when visiting local communities or religious sites.
– Conserving Resources: Guests can conserve resources such as water and electricity by keeping taps turned off when not in use and turning off lights, fans, or air conditioning when leaving their accommodation. These simple actions help reduce energy and water consumption, contributing to environmental sustainability.
– Supporting Local Businesses: Guests are encouraged to buy locally made souvenirs and support local shops, restaurants, and other businesses during their stay. By purchasing products and services from local vendors, guests contribute directly to the local economy and help sustain traditional livelihoods in the Maldives.
taps closed when not in use and turning off lights, fans, or air conditioning when leaving their accommodation. These simple actions help reduce energy and water consumption, contributing to environmental sustainability.
– Using Refillable Water Bottles: To reduce single use plastic waste, guests are advised to use refillable water bottles during their island hopping adventures. Many accommodations provide access to water refill stations to facilitate this sustainable practice.