Since 2018, Plantation Island Resort has actively been involved in Coral Conservation, in partnership with Corals 4 Conservation and the University of the South Pacific. Our resident Marine Biologists aim to restore and enhance the shallow marine environment around Plantation Island as well as reducing the seagrass and promoting increased habitat for grazing fish.
In March 2018, Plantation Island Resort embarked on a Coral Gardening Project led by Dr Austin Bowden-Kerby from Corals for Conservation. The project aims to restore and enhance the shallow marine environment around Plantation Island as well as reducing the seagrass and promoting increased habitat for grazing fish and enhance the beauty of the surrounding reef. Resort guests have also enjoyed the coral garden and participate in education programs and other hands-on activities.
Plantation Island Resort is an ideal location to kick-start coral reef restoration as it has two barrier reefs which can be used for outplanting heat adapted corals so that they may survive the rapid projected increases in temperature as a result of climate change. The resort also has an inner fringing reef where Corals for Conservation (C4C) can collect heat-adapted corals for the purpose of translocating them to the outer barrier reef.
In the duration of Corals for Conservation’s partnership with Plantation Island Resort, we have constructed six nurseries which have enabled collected corals to grow to adult sizes. When the corals reach a certain size, they are then transported to areas which are projected to not exceed these coral’s maximum temperature range. We have created five restoration sites where the corals grown in our nurseries were placed on degraded sections of reef to restart the process of reef building. We consistently test and adjust our methods to try and select the most thermally tolerant corals.
Through our partnership with Plantation Island Resort over the next two years Corals for Conservation aims to create a network of super coral outplanting sites which will be dotted across the Outer Barrier Reef to restore the reef to what it once was before mass bleaching events and other threats eradicated the living corals in the area. By placing patches of reproductive super corals across the “rubble zone” of the Outer Barrier Reef near Plantation Island Resort, the corals will eventually glue the reef back together and increase biodiversity not only on our reef but on neighboring reefs as well.
Get yourself involved!
Guests can find the weekly schedule near the boat shed and also sign up there.
Some activities have limits on the number of guests that can attend so early registration is encouraged. The timing of the activities are subjected to according to the tides, however the day remains the same for all coral conservation activities.
Come back to this page frequently as we show you the progress we have made.
Help us with our coral restoration work by planting some coral of your own onto one of our structures that goes back out on the reef. Find us on the beach near the Boat Shed.
Fish House Making
Fish need coral and coral need fish! Help us create fish habitat for our local reef by building your very own Fish House from stones and cement. Bring shells to decorate it if you like. Meet at the Marine Shed
Coral Nursery Snorkeling Tour with Dulcinea Charters
Join one of the hotel marine biologists on a snorkel tour of one of our coral nurseries. We will give you an overview of our program and answer any questions you might have. After viewing the nursery take a lovely snorkel along the nearby reef. We need a minimum of 10 to run this trip so bring your family and friends!
*Do not wear sunscreen unless you are sure it is Reef Safe.
Conservation Talk with Kids Club
Join us to learn all about our ocean, coral reefs, why they need our help, and how to do your part! Sign-up at Kids Club!
Kids Eat & Transfer Free Offer
Make your Family holiday one of the most memorable ever.