Our Precious Coral Reef
Coral Conservation l Artificial Reef Module System (ARMS)
The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi is not only blessed with a stunning 10 million-year-old verdant rainforest as its backdrop, but beneath the glistening waters of the bay fronting the resort lies another underwater rainforest - a coral reef estimated to be between 6,000 and 8,000 years old. While this reef is only a fringing reef, and not absolutely ideal for snorkeling, it provides a great trail for reef walks where one can learn more about marine biology. The Andaman Resort organizes various activities in the hope of conserving this natural habitat and to provide further education and knowledge for our future generation.
The 2004 Tsunami resulted in the destruction of thousands of coral colonies on the Andaman Reef. The dead corals that were detached from the reef by the impact of the Tsunami now move around through wave action causing further destruction to living corals and inhibiting re-growth.
Once or twice per month, at times of low tide, guests and resort ambassadors gather to clear away the dead corals from the reef, giving the living corals a better chance of survival. The dead coral material will then be ‘recycled’ at the Coral Nursery where its minerals will be used by propagated corals to speed their growth.
Such low tides also permit specially curated Guided Reef Walks - a unique opportunity to learn more about this fascinating ecosystem and the many complex relationships that exist here. Coral Clearing and Guided Reef Walk activities are possible only at certain low tides. View our Events Calendar for our Coral Nursery Activities and video credit to Tripvid.
Private Guided Snorkel
The Coral Nursery is home to many beautiful species of coral, fish, sea cucumbers, crabs and more. It is a microcosm of the main fringing reef in front of the hotel. Everybody who enters the nursery is fitted with a life jacket and then ‘floated’ around the pool with a running commentary of all you can see.
We are transplanting corals that have been rescued from loose substrates and eventually returning them to the main reef flat. Learn all about how corals grow, feed, reproduce and interact with one another.
Coral Nursery Feeding
A wonderful opportunity for kids of all ages to experience what it is like to feed corals, fish, lobsters crabs and more!
This is the activity that started it all as a result of guests’ kindness. Join us for an hour of ‘gentle laboring’ as we clear away dead coral from the reef flat, left behind from the 2004 tsunami.
Coral Reef Walks
A fascinating educational and fun guided walk out onto the main reef flat at selected times each month when lower tides permit. Numbers limited for safety and enjoyability.
Marine Life Laboratory
Browse the Marine Life Laboratory with one of Andaman's Marine Science students. Discover unusual creatures that frequent our 8000-year-old reef. See tiny marine life under a microscope and see our Tiger Tail seahorse hunting for microscopic prey. Morning Session 10am - 12pm.
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We had a very relaxing and wonderful stay at The Andaman. After an almost 26 hour journey, it was nice that the concierge set up a car to pick us up at the airport and drive us through the rainforest to the hotel. The concierge and lobby staff were wonderful during our stay.
The welcome drinks get-together on the beach the first night we arrived was a nice touch, where we got to meet many of the staff members. One member that was exceptionally helpful was the butterfly expert! Thanks for all your help and information about the wildlife!
As for the room, we upgraded to a different room facing the bay which was a huge improvement from the previous room that was garden level. Waking up to a beautiful view and ending the day with a sunset was worth it. Plus we loved all the wildlife we saw. Lots of monkeys and flying lemurs. The nature walks were a nice addition and the beach was perfectly relaxing.
As for food, we went to the Gulai House for dinner two nights in a row, next door at The Datai, where we could transfer the bill to the Andaman. Definitely worth eating there! Loved the malaysian and indo chinese offerings. Plus in a magical outdoor setting. We also tried Jala and the other restaurant which were ok. We enjoyed the satay on the beach for a snack.
The only negatives I would say is that the hotel does need some cosmetic changes and improvements, but otherwise the beauty of the location made up for that. Overall, a wonderful stay next time we are visiting family in Singapore and need a quick getaway!