#EcoTourism – Meridian Adventure Sail

| May 30, 2019

Hong Kong headquartered investment company Meridian Capital Limited invests in world-class hospitality assets in spectacular locations. Meridian Adventure, in the south east Asia pacific region, is no exception; funded by Meridian Capital, it is one of the world’s most exclusive adventure groups at the forefront of ocean experiences. It is also a dynamic eco-tourism company that actively drives to build awareness about the importance of ocean conservation, through its staff and client base. 

The Meridian Adventure Resort, found on the idyllic Raja Ampat islands of Indonesia, leads by example and promotes a zero-plastic philosophy. Limiting single-use plastics has been coupled with a commitment to ocean clean-up initiatives that reduce ocean plastic pollution.

Veteran captain, Sean Galleymore explained: “We promote the use of reusable steel straws, reusable non-plastic bags and reusable non-plastic water bottles. A collection bag is kept on each dive boat and as far as possible we collect any plastic floating on the way and back from dive sites and during our dives. We are offering guests the opportunity to take these bags on their dives if they wish to collect any trash found during the dive. We work closely with local divers and government to host Dive Against Debris events. During the last event more than 270kg of debris was collected from beaches and the Dive Against Debris dive. We are aiming at hosting a monthly collaboration with the local government and divers. Data on the dive and types of debris collected is submitted to the PADI Dive Against Debris data base.”

The ocean sustainability programmes that have been instituted by Meridian Adventure engage employees and the local community to work together to support initiatives such as regular Mangrove Clean-Ups, Crown of Thorns removal days, Dive against Debris and Ocean Datasharing.

Galleymore highlights the importance of engaging staff and the local community in conservation efforts: ‘Meridian Adventure actively tries to engage and empower staff, guests and the community to play their role in ocean conservation. Our dive team have been trained in the correct method of thorn removal and we have three removal kits at the resort. Alongside monitoring dive sites for Crown of Thorns that are growing, we also collaborate with other dive re- sorts and local government in Raja Ampat to share data we collect with the Raja Ampat Sea Centre. Each initiative is part of our larger view that builds on sustainable tourism practices: that we are guests in the world and should leave a limited impact on our environment and protect it for future generations.’

Meridian Capital is committed to using its investments in luxury hospitality to support the local economy and community but also crucially the surrounding environment. “As an eco-tourism company that takes guests to explore unspoilt ocean outposts and with a base in one of the last coral nurseries, we have actively tried to build up awareness about the ocean crisis. We encourage an appreciation for the ocean as our lifeblood and support change, not only in large programs, but also through training on small and manageable ways to limit one’s footprint and leave a positive impact in the environment in which we operate,” said Askar Alshinbayev, principal at Meridian Capital Limited.

Ultimately, Meridian Capital’s commitment to eco-tourism is so important as it demonstrates that the delivery of high-end hospitality standards can be coupled with a conscious effort to protect the environment.

Meridian Adventure Sail is a private club for leaders of industry, Family Offices and Fortune 500 benefit organizations. Membership is highly sought-after and by invitation only.

The private club arranges bespoke sailing itineraries for those seeking to explore the last frontiers of the ocean.  The tailor-made eco-journeys are designed to be life-changing.

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