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Green is good: the best eco focused superyacht adventures

Green is good: the best eco focused superyacht adventures

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Mapia Atoll

For remote reefs

Where: Mapia Atoll in Indonesia has an extraordinary diversity of marine life. The atoll is made up of four tropical islands encircling a clear lagoon, with dramatic outer reef walls that drop off thousands of metres into the western Pacific abyss. The best part of this experience is that guests will take part in one of the first ever underwater research efforts in the area.

How: Luxury adventure operator Pelorus has teamed up with Rascal Voyages and Conservation International to survey the area from 31-metre traditional phinisi Rascal. The area is of particular interest as it’s flagged as a new potential Marine Protected Area. “No research work has ever been undertaken in the Mapia Atoll,” explains Pelorus co-founder Geordie Mackay-Lewis. “It is on the periphery of Indonesian waters and is fascinating in terms of the marine species and activity that guests will uncover.”

Each bespoke expedition will be headed by Dr Mark Erdmann with a team of local scientists, and will survey reef fish diversity and coral health, using scuba dives and drone technology to view turtles and mantas. Guests will spend their days underwater with the Conservation International team, charting, measuring and photographing the reef and drop off, uncovering information that could be of huge importance to the scientific community. There are also visits to local communities, with a view to better understanding their approach to marine resources.

When: December, for clear, calm waters.

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