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A Complete Guide to Secret Bay’s New Coral Restoration Experience

One of the many reasons to visit the Nature Island is that Dominica is on its way to becoming the first climate-resistant country in the world. In addition to banning single-use plastics and switching to green energy when possible, Dominica is addressing climate change, above and below sea level — and Secret Bay is following suit. 

Coral reefs, both in the Caribbean and around the world, are being harmed by more than climate change. Pollution, overfishing and coral harvesting are all contributing to major damage to our planet’s coral reefs. At Secret Bay, we’re actively working to promote healthy reefs. That’s why we’ve curated a new ethical guest experience here at Secret Bay: The Coral Restoration Project.

This experience is a hands-on way to learn and ultimately educate others while exploring the Caribbean Sea from a new perspective.

What to expect:

1. Meet your Coral Restoration Guide. 

2. Attend a quick class on the sand, where your guide will teach: a) what coral is and what its ecological benefits are, b) how climate change and human impact are affecting coral and marine life, and c) why coral restoration is important. 

3. Venture out to the designated coral nursery site. Depending on the depth of the site, you may be snorkeling or scuba diving (you’ll know ahead of time which you’re signing up for). Examine the healthy and impaired coral in the area, and then transplant a new coral in the nursery.

Each coral planted through the project is tagged and documented for further data collection. Rehabilitated corals are then planted onto the reefs around the property to help them flourish. Your contribution helps provide data to Dominica Fisheries Division and PADI. You’ll be provided with an Electronic Birth Certificate, with the option to receive updates on a six-month basis if so desired.

The Coral Restoration Project is a contribution-based experience, with a minimum contribution of USD $30 per person. Snorkel or dive gear is provided by Secret Bay. Ask your villa host for more details upon arrival.

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