ECO ON LAND
Being eco is our framed plan. We believe it is the way life to be well lived. Driving into the road of eco and to be an “environmentally charming operation” simply means to take every possible measure to preserve the environment itself. It is vital as damage to it will ruin our future.
Being thoughtful in what to build and to use is primary concern of the plan. We adopt natural building as concept. Scale is kept minimum optimizing the use of local materials including driftwood. Local skill and resources have played an important role both during development and operation. We work to avoid the use of plastic in every possible measure. Drinking water, bath supplies are refilled and straw is made available of bamboo. We are thoughtful not to change linen and towel daily with aim at reducing the amount of detergent so as not to harm the environment. Waste is managed with bio-fill system to ensure most minimum impact. Though we are on beach shore, no waste drifts to water. Freshwater is a scarce resource here. As rain is the only source of supply, we develop rain-catchment so as not to rely heavily on the use of seawater purification system. This has saved 70% energy to get supply and grow garden. We work on efforts to grow variety of produces to get some fresh kitchen supplies.
AWARE IN WATER
Being in the middle of raja ampat coral triangle, it is both a gift and a challenge. Its highly diversified ecosystem has emerged discovery by underwater enthusiasts from every corner of the planet. As an operator of both resort and liveonboard, this is our living asset. Yet this asset is fragile which demands solid care to prevent it from degradation. To keep breathing our life, preserve and conserve is our framed focus.
Where there is reef there is fish. And where there is fish there is diver. Such is a scuba law. Above all, reef protection has been our primary focus. There is probably little that can be done when it is a nature act. But there are certainly many that can be piloted to prevent destruction by human acts. Prevent and restore is the way we operate. Conducting responsible codes to all our divers and snorkelers making sure they only look but never touch, kick or step on the reef. To make it happen, we put our team of dive masters to stay front line while guiding guests out in the water. Many sites in raja ampat are typically surrounded, extended or hooked by shallow reef where ecosystem is mostly at its best. Mobilizing speed boat and liveonboard ship around is thus a challenge. Proper training is continually done to all captains and crews. Anchoring is another threat and we adopt mooring as solution.
Even doing all the “don’t and do” is not sufficient to entirely avoid damage as issues can be very varied and not all are handy to control. Nature act and incident are among few to mention. Where reef is damaged, restoration is demanded. Replanting broken reef is pilot-focus of our project “Reef Planter”. As simple as gardening, we collect the living broken reefs and replanting them around the same spot coverage where they are used to grow. Those are broken parts which are still alive but will gradually die if left behind without a helping hand. We attach them on existing firmly-rooted bed using a mixture of white cement and salt. Monitoring is done regularly after replanting. We are teaming up both operation of resort and liveonboard to make this pilot project as a small move to generate a big impact to the ecosystem.