Dolphin Conservation in the Maldives

It is always good to report when a hotel is taking responsibility for the beautiful location in which they are lucky enough to be situated.

Great news then that the Six Senses Laamu has become the first resort in the Maldives to establish and implement a Code of Conduct for dolphin watching in order to protect the local spinner and bottlenose dolphins thus helping to ensure the future sustainability of their populations.

This Code of Conduct has been set up by Rachel Lambert, Six Senses Laamu’s Resident Biologist, who after obtaining her Masters in Marine Biology of Environmental Management at the University of London and two years with a UK marine mammal charity, has joined Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives to work on their strong environmental programme.

The Code of Conduct consists of the following key points and for anyone wishing to observe these wonderful mammal’s with an emphasis on conservation they are points worthy of consideration.

– Keep at least 50 metres away – two boat lengths – Do not approach from directly behind or head on
– Allow the dolphins to choose to approach the boat – No rapid changes in speed or rapid changes in direction – be predictable
– 6 knots when within 150 metres
– Do not cut them off or chase them
– Do not separate mothers and calves

Well done Six Senses!