A few days after our vacation started, I realized that if I wanted to spend time with Jiya, it would have to be around her schedule at The Den. She spent her afternoons swimming and snorkeling in the ocean with the marine biologist and learning about the fragile ecosystems. She also started surfing with the other kids as part of Soneva’s Surf Program, which is the world’s first fully sustainable surf program featuring sustainable surfboards, ocean-friendly swimwear and rashguards. made from recyclable ghost nets. Then there were endless art activities as well as movie and dance nights at The Den that kept her fully engaged and energized. Cinema Paradiso, the overwater cinema, is also the first and only ‘silent cinema’ in the Maldives where guests are given Bluetooth headphones to ensure nearby wildlife is not disturbed.

So clean

Sandro Bruecklmeier

Innovation and ingenuity are written in Soneva’s DNA. Jiya was so won over by the “Soneva Namoona” initiative, inspired by the philosophy that waste is a valuable asset, that she presented it on her return to school. The Namoona program is a partnership between Soneva, the three neighboring island communities of Maalhos, Dharavandhoo and Kihaadhoo, and the international NGO Common Seas to create a prototype that reinvents waste management in the Maldives. At the heart of the initiative is the reduction of single-use plastic, which Soneva has radically minimized by setting up its water desalination and remineralization unit for seawater use, thus reducing consumption by 60%. of plastic on the island. Recycling and responsible disposal of leftover waste and instilling a love of the ocean among residents are priority areas of the second and third phases of the program.

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