Desert island learning for teens in Maldives


Embracing new learning experiences in the Maldives.


A luxury family resort operator has launched a series of hands-on educational courses for older children and teens.


The learning focuses on ecology, astronomy, geography and marine biology and is being led by the recently launched Soneva Academy. Five of the courses will be held at the Maldives' resort of Soneva Fushi and two at neighbouring Soneva Jani.


Learning opportunities include conducting a scientific survey, analysing findings and reading data, observing the night sky, a 'deep-dive' into the world of mosquitoes and how they affect the planet, how to tackle plastic pollution, using stars as a navigation system and surviving on a deserted Maldivian island. There's even an opportunity to camp on an uninhabited island for two nights and snorkel the sight of a wreck.


The courses are aimed at children aged 12 years and over and more will be added in time, covering areas of expertise found at Soneva's resorts.


According to Dr Bart Knols, managing director of Science & Conservation at Soneva, the academy merges the world of luxury travel with that of scholarship and academic learning.


"It adds meaning to a holiday in the splendid environs of the Maldives and will hopefully contribute to developing a future generation that will harness and protect the beauty of our planet."


More details online.