Doing Well By Doing Good

Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation

Maldives consist of approximately 1190 coral islands spread over an area of 90 000 square kilometers. Most of the island lies between 1 and 1.5 m above sea level and are protected against wave and storm surges only by coral reefs, which form a natural, and essential, barrier against the open ocean. The coral reefs are stunningly beautiful with abundant marine life and are literally the basis of the Maldivian life-support system. Unfortunately their survival is under threat due to anticipated climate change, ocean pollution and developmental activities. Increasing the health and abundance of corals in the protective reefs may strengthen the islands against the inevitable rise in sea levels.

Reef Recharge is a coral propagation and marine conservation project which began in 2011 as a joint effort by Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and Ocean Dive Maldives. Reef Recharge aims to increase coral coverage near the resort and encourage healthy coral growth on the local reefs through coral propagation.

Coral fragments are attached to specially made frames and planted near the Ocean Pavilion. The collection of coral frames will over time create a healthy reef ecosystem; we already see an increase the fish and invertebrate diversity on the site. Guests can see the coral frame reefs during snorkeling and get involved by sponsoring a coral frame and build their own coral reef. Read more about Reef Recharge and see the coral frame collection on http://reefrecharge.com .
Ecosystems

Ecosystems

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is one of five pilot resorts for the Coral Reef Monitoring Framework, part of the Wetlands Conservation and Coral Reef Monitoring for Adaptation to Climate Change (WCCM) Project implemented by the Maldivian Ministry of Environment and Energy. We monitor coral reefs, fish and mega fauna, measure the island for erosion and accretion, evaluate wildlife and vegetation, and generally monitor the impact of the resort on the local ecosystem. WCCM use the information collected to create a platform of baseline data which can be analysed by scientists to identify how the ecosystems of the Maldives are affected by and adapting to climate change.
Local Arts

Local Arts

Maldives is a nation filled with talented musicians, painters and artisans. Our own team members are expert sand-artists and frequently display their talents with intricate sand-art for special events and celebrations. Taj Exotica features live music by local musicians nearly every night of the week and a local artist paints live at Equator Bar and sells his completed works in the Lifestyle Boutique on the island. Local artisans are frequently invited to come and demonstrate their talents in making traditional Maldivian handicraft.
Maafushi Orphanage

Maafushi Orphanage

Taj Exoticas management and team members are closely involved with Maafushi Island Education Training Center for Children (ETCC), contributing time and resources including financial aid, food items, toys and sports equipment. The resort also offers apprenticeships and employment to some of the older students. During certain special events and festivals, the resort invites some of the children to host a childrens art sale on the beach, giving them a venue to generate income and displaying their talents.

Energy

The property is one of very few in the Maldives to have installed a unique hot water system which, instead of using electric geysers, uses recovered heat from the three DG sets (Diesel Generator Cooking Paths) generating electricity for the island to heat water, and thus reduce diesel output. Taj Exotica also invested in the installation of insulated pipes all around the island and pumps water around at a constant pressure of 2kg. The result is an annual saving of 109 500 litres of diesel.

Water Management

Rain water harvesting collects 530,000 litres of water yearly and is used for flushing of toilets and gardening. Taj Exoticas on site bottling plant, the 'Classic Crystal' tropical bottling system, produces both sparkling and still mineral water. Water is bottled in reused glass bottles, saving usage of thousands of plastic bottles each year.

The endemic species of trees and plants on the island, including Jade Trees, Sea Hibiscus and Malikuruva Rose, do not require any watering beyond natural rain fall. This saves the resort an extra requirement of 10,000 litres of water per day. 

Waste Water Management

Taj Exotica uses MBR System to treat sewage water. This is a Biological processes integrated with membrane separation which is one of the fastest growing technologies in the waste water treatment process. After treatment water is re cycled for flushing of toilets and gardening.

Waste Management

Team Exotica decomposes dry garden leaves and vegetable waste from the kitchen. The decomposed organic waste is used as fertilizers for the garden. This process helps reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and saves on transportation requirements.