When we visit someone else’s house, we treat it with even greater respect than our own. So it should be with the underwater world.
Humans were not designed to live under the seas, and we are merely temporary visitors in a fascinating and lively world, guests in a beautiful and fragile kingdom where we do not belong (except for mermaids!!).
With a moment of thoughtlessness, it is very easy to have a negative impact in this magical place and its delicate eco-system for many years to come. At Utopia, we are very aware of how easy it is to damage the reef and all the creatures that it provides a home to. Thus, we take the effects our guests may have upon the marine world very seriously.
In order to protect the marine world, we have established a clearly marked entry route to the reef. In the interest of the marine life and the protection of nature, we would like to ask all our guests to use this route, please, when snorkeling or making shore entry dives.
The Coral is a living organism and only grows 10 cm every 10 years. Walking on the top of it damages it irreparably. We have red buoys to mark the location of the reef, but if you are unsure as to how to enter the water safely, please ask one of our beach crew who will happily direct you.
In the water, please do not touch the coral and do not attempt to feed any of the animals you will encounter there.
To sum it up in the words of a very wise diver: “Take only memories and leave only bubbles”
Did you know that Coral Reefs:
- Occupy only 0.7% of the ocean floor, but provide homes and nursery grounds for 25% of all marine species on the planet.
- Support 4,000 species of fish, 700 species of coral, and thousands of plants and animals.
- Are composed of thousands of tiny animals called polyps.
- Are responsible for building the largest biological structure on earth – The Great Barrier Reef.
- Consist of two different types of corals: hard corals like brain, elk horn, and pillar; and soft corals including sea fans, sea whips, and sea rods.
- Protect shorelines from erosion and storm and wave damage. Provide an incredible diversity of beneficial medical pharmaceuticals, and contain compounds found to help fight heart disease, asthma, leukaemia, viruses, cancer, and HIV.
- Attract millions of visitors each year.