Zeavola, the luxury dive resort on Thailand’s Phi Phi island, has installed a series of anchor buoys around the northern part of the island’s national marina park, in an attempt to protect the area’s seabed.
Joined by local dive instructors and long-tail boatmen, Zeavola’s dive staff planted more than 20 of the buoys, which allow multiple vessels to be secured to one single anchor, thus eliminating for vessels to weigh anchor, damaging the sea floor. The buoys were focused on Mosquito Island – a popular snorkelling spot.
“Up until recently, there was only one buoy left in the area so most of the boats were forced to drop their anchor which can be very detrimental for coral growth in the waters beneath,” said Zeavola’s GM, Florian Hallermann.
“While this project was a success, there are still a lot of other beaches which need to be addressed. We are working with the local dive communities at other northern Phi Phi dive centres to set dates to continue this work in the future,” he added.
Zeavola is part of the UN’s Green Fins project, which aims to protect coral reefs though sustainable tourism.