Guests can try planting coral and observing marine life from a glass-bottomed boat at AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach.
WHEN VISITING AYANA KOMODO WAECICU BEACH, it’s immediately apparent that this Indonesian paradise takes marine education and protection seriously.
From its on-site Marine Discovery Centre to its on-staff Marine Biologist, the luxury resort is laser-focussed on promoting education and conservation of the surrounding oceans.
Though also a prime gateway to Komodo National Park and a luxury escape with all the amenities, the resort is part of the AYANA Cares program, a mark of its commitment to providing education about and conservation of the surrounding oceans, particularly the coral reefs of the Flores Sea, which face numerous threats and challenges.
To achieve its ocean-protecting objectives, the resort’s Marine Discovery Center promotes education and conservation of the underwater environment and the importance of its conservation. The center offers a variety of interactive exhibits and programs, including guided tours of the surrounding coral reefs to provide guests with an up-close look at the beauty and fragility of these ecosystems.
AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach also has an ongoing coral planting programme, where visitors can learn about coral conservation and protection, go on a supervised diving excursion to see the stunning coral close up, and even enjoy hands-on coral planting activities.
The programme has planted 950 square metres of coral with 250 coral frames and over 2,500 individual corals that provide homes to numerous marine species.
Closer to the resort, AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach’s rope nurseries are currently nurturing 160 baby coral ropes containing 1,600 fragments that will be replanted into new coral colonies when they mature.
Environment Meets Atmosphere
Just one hour’s flight from Bali, AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach places the cascading waterfalls and towering Komodo National Park mountain peaks within reach. The first five-star hotel in Komodo sits just a short drive from the airport and features 13 Full Ocean View Suites and 192 Deluxe Full Ocean View Rooms and Full Ocean View Rooms with oversized windows to immerse guests in the natural surroundings and provide breathtaking ocean views.
From its private white sand beach to its two main swimming pools, signature on-site spa and range of dining and drinking options, the resort blends global luxury standards with local charm and hospitality.
Younger guests love the tailored marine life and coral programmes aimed at them as well as a dedicated children’s pool and kids’ club.
On-Staff Ocean Expert
Lee Miles is the in-house marine biologist at AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach’s Marine Discovery Center and is passionate about educating guests about marine life.
Miles said that guests are often most shocked to learn that, though coral reefs occupy less than 0.1% of the ocean floor, they are the home to a quarter of all marine life and an essential part of a healthy ocean.
The British restoration ecology expert is passionate about marine conservation, and his work has taken him around the world, including stints at luxurious, ecology-focused Maldivian resorts. At AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach, he takes guests out to plant coral as well as leading the Lako Taka Glass Bottom Boat Trip, an outing in a boat shaped like a blue whale that allows guests to explore the beautiful underwater life of Komodo’s waters.
Whether you visit Komodo for its stunning nature and tranquil atmosphere or to learn about and play a part in protecting the ocean, AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach is the perfect base for discovery.
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