Hotel Intel: Gayana Eco Resort Makes March 22 to April 22 Marine Awareness Month

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

For the Gayana Eco Resort in Malaysia, it’s not all honeymoons and three-hour spa services. They also work to reverse receding coral reefs and Giant Clam populations. Starting March 22, they’ll celebrate these undersea things with Marine Awareness Month (psst, there’s a party!).

Located off the northern coast of Borneo on Gaya Island, Gayana Eco Resort waters are home to gorgeous coral reefs and the Giant Clams that inhabit them. Because of illegal “fish bombing,” the use of explosives to net fish, both species have dwindled. Through their own Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC), the resort has been working to protect and the propagate the species.

During the month, replanted coral fragments now stabilized and spawned baby clams matured in a safe environment at the center will be transferred to the resort’s ocean nursery for the next stage of their development. It all caps off with a Marine Awareness Day on April 22, 2012 at the resort’s other Gaya Island property Bunga Raya.

The celebratory-cum-educational event includes lunch, prizes, live performances, coral planting and a Zumba party with fitness instructor Michelle Koh. Tickets are $66 USD for adults and $33 USD for children, with all proceeds going to MERC’s environmental efforts.

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