Coral Protection Scheme Launched At Cocoa Island By Como, The Maldives

The delicate coral ecosystems of The Maldives are to benefit from a new sponsorship programme at Cocoa Island by COMO - the luxury Maldives resort in the South Mal Atoll from COMO Hotels and Resorts.

6B Orange Grove Road (I-Newswire) December 12, 2013 - Resort offers unique 'Coral Frame Sponsorship Programme' for conservation-minded guests

The delicate coral ecosystems of The Maldives are to benefit from a new sponsorship programme at Cocoa Island by COMO - the luxury Maldives resort in the South MalŠ¹ Atoll from COMO Hotels and Resorts.

The 'Coral Frame Sponsorship Programme' offers Cocoa Island guests the opportunity to help protect corals around the resort and support the development of Maldivian corals across the country.

Through an innovative technique engineered by Seamarc, a marine consultancy company based in MalŠ¹, new corals are propagated in metal frames via a transplantation process using fragments of broken corals that have been harvested from the natural reef. These coral fragments are attached to the metal frames and grow into new colonies - with discernible differences within two months of the initial two or three weeks following the transplant.

When guests of Cocoa Island sponsor a coral frame, they receive personalised images of the new corals every six months, enabling them to monitor progress. On their next visit to Cocoa Island, they will also be taken on a guided snorkel to see their sponsored frame up close. The scheme is also open to non-guests, who can sponsor a frame and monitor its progress online.

Cocoa Island by COMO is an intimate private island resort with 33 overwater suites offering direct access to an exceptional house reef, making it popular with diving and snorkelling guests. Other lures include holistic wellness treatments at the COMO Shambhala Retreat, as well as the resort's South Indian-inspired cuisine.

Coral frame sponsorship costs US$150.00 for a single frame, US$300.00 for couple frames and US$500.00 for family frames. Proceeds from every frame go toward an Environment Fund to support Cocoa Island's Maldives Marine Conservation research programmes and local community initiatives.

For more information about Coral Frame Sponsorship, please email


About COMO Hotels and Resorts

COMO Hotels and Resorts offers personalised luxury travel experiences in its urban hotels, island resorts, adventure retreats and wellness resorts. The focus is always on service and design, adventure and culture, wellness and cuisine, while trying to uphold a strong, sustainable approach towards the people and places where we operate. COMO Hotels and Resorts was founded by Christina Ong. Each property is hand-picked and individually curated. Properties include: The Halkin by COMO in London, three Metropolitan by COMO hotels in London, Bangkok and Miami Beach, Parrot Cay by COMO in the Turks and Caicos, Cocoa Island by COMO and Maalifushi by COMO in the Maldives, Point Yamu by COMO in Phuket, and three Uma by COMO experience resorts in Bali and Bhutan.

COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali is a wellness retreat, managed in partnership with COMO's sister brand in wellness, COMO Shambhala. COMO Shambhala products, services, cuisine, treatments and spa facilities are also available within each COMO property.

About Cocoa Island by COMO

Cocoa Island by COMO is a private island in the Maldives and offers measured simplicity in its design. Wrapped in white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters, Cocoa Island is in close proximity to some of the best dive sites in the world. The tranquil setting is enhanced by the understated elegance of Cocoa Island's 27 rooms, which resemble local dhoni fishing boats and feature direct access to the shallow lagoon. Ufaa, the resort's restaurant, serves fresh local produce and seafood cooked in the Keralan style, while Faru bar overlooks the pristine infinity-edge pool. Cocoa Island's spa, COMO Shambhala Retreat, offers rebalancing treatments, including Ayurveda, reflexology and a range of recuperative massages and facials.

For more information, please contact:

Selina Lee

Assistant PR and Marketing Manager


About COMO Hotels and Resorts

Headquartered in Singapore, the COMO Group offers luxury with a deep respect for authenticity. The G   More..roup comprises COMO Hotels and Resorts, international luxury fashion retailer Club 21, award-winning holistic wellness brand COMO Shambhala and the philanthropic organisation, the COMO Foundation.Less..

Contact Information

COMO Hotels and Resorts
Selina Lee
6B Orange Grove Road
Phone : +65 6304 3560

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