Saturday, June 9, 2012

World Oceans Day - Friday, June the 8th

Celebrating the Oceans at Gili Lankanfushi.

Here in the Maldives the Ocean is everything; it has provided the nation of the Maldives with food and livelihoods, and today it fuels the economic growth of the Maldives by bringing tourism in to the country. Maldives islands, water-sports, water-villas, diving, coral reefs and seafood - all of that and much, much more - thanks to the Oceans. On Friday the 8th of June at Gili we celebrated the body of water that links all of us!

From breakfast till evening the guests were invited to participate in a variety of activities to celebrate the oceans of the planet. In the morning guests had an option to have their breakfast in the water. Later there was an opportunity to experience scuba diving first-hand in our blue lagoon with a diving instructor. In the afternoon, our marine biologist took a group of enthusiastic guests on a guided snorkel around the One Palm Island Reef, where they got to see a female Napoleon wrasse, and whole variety of other reef fish!

At three o’clock a sand castle building competition took place on the library beach. The best sand castle “architects” were rewarded with a complimentary Asian buffet dinner. In the meantime another group of guests were taken out on a complimentary sailing session with an experienced skipper from Ocean Paradise dive centre.

In the evening marine life enthusiasts also had a chance to attend an evening talk with our marine biologist, where the world’s oceans and the patterns that shape the life in the oceans were discussed.

Even the hosts of Gili Lankanfushi had a chance to participate – a host kayak race took place in the afternoon, where Miss Fridays Momoko and Mizuki won the race and were rewarded with Discover Scuba Diving experiences from Ocean Paradise!

Celebrating the oceans is a great way to get peoples attention channeled towards this incredible water body, that represents 97% of inhabitable space on the planet, and raise environmental awareness. Thanks to all of the participants!  
A late but mighty participation of our Ocean Paradise diving centre in the sand castle building competition.  Well done Gail and Andrew ! 

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