Did you know that approximately 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water? What makes it even more remarkable is that 96.5% of the Earth's water is found in our oceans. In these vast bodies of water, coral reefs - a complex ecosystem that rivals the number of species found in rainforests - only occupy 0.1% of the overall ocean area. This ecosystem supports a quarter of all marine species known to man today.
Corals are living organisms, specifically categorised as invertebrates that belong to the Phylum Cnidaria, including hard corals, soft corals and sea anemones. They are brittle and sensitive to environmental changes.
A hard coral rehabilitating at our Coral Nursery
Factors such as the current global climate change affecting seawater temperature and non-sustainable fishing practices have been identified as the major threats to reefs around the world.
One of the newest activities we are introducing to our guests in line with our current marine conservation efforts is the 'Adopt-A-Coral' programme, an extension of our existing Coral of Opportunity nature experience available at The Datai Langkawi.
Rescued corals are planted in quick-dry cement for rehabilitation at our Coral Nursery
The Coral of Opportunity experience puts focus on learning about corals while collecting any fragmented corals chanced upon in the Teluk Datai bay. Hard corals that have dislodged from their colony due to either natural or human factors would perish without intervention. We collect these injured corals and rehabilitate them at our Coral Nursery where guests are welcome to adopt them. The rehabilitated corals will then be transplanted to the Datai House Reef to expand the existing reef. Guests are given a certificate as well as a biannual or yearly update of the coral once it is healthy enough to return to the ocean.