The Andaman Reef is composed of a thin veneer of living coral ‘heads’ on top of the limestone skeletons of millions of their coral ancestors. The Andaman Reef parallels the shore (a fringing reef) and is at least 50 meters thick and believed to be about 8,000 years old.
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. Click here for our Coral Experiences Scheduled Activities.
The Coral Nursery
Believed to be the first of its kind in South East Asia, the Coral Nursery is a purpose built facility that allows guests to learn more about our Coral Reef without having to wait for low tides. A range of activities are offered here, including the opportunity to transplant your very own coral colony, or get ‘up close and personal’ with our Private Guided Snorkel experience.
Click here for our Coral Experiences Scheduled Activities.
The Andaman Marine Life Laboratory
The Marine Life Laboratory will evolve to become a fully functioning indoor laboratory for academic research, primarily aimed at ensuring the success of the ARMs project, in collaboration with Lafarge Cement and University Malaysia, Terengganu (UTM), in addition to being an educational resource, facilitating great guest experiences.
Students from Malaysian universities will use the space to conduct various experiments and compile reports that will support the coral nursery and reef rehabilitation programs as well as the deployment of ARMs in the future. Part of the students’ development will be to share this research with guests, through interactive presentations and other activities. The Young Marine Biologist experience will aim to inspire our younger guests to consider a possible career in Marine Science and Biology and make their holiday even more fun.
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recommend this hotel
First off, this is one of the best Starwood resorts we've visited, in terms of its setting and public spaces (especially the pool, beach, and spa). Also, the staff are clearly motivated. well-trained, and respectful. Though, for the renovated rooms and F&B service, expect a solid four-star resort standard.
We had three challenges during the stay:
1. A poor quality concierge who missed the boat four times--lost reservations, bad advice, argumentative...
2. The required NYers Gala (about $250 USD pp) offered disappointing food/beverage. Although, the accompanying entertainment and fireworks were strong.
3. While the hotel invites guests to make special requests (for example, in the message on the front of the guest guidebook), the team had difficulty in understand and fulfilling them.