20th anniversary of The Rannamaari Wreck
This year, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru are proud to announce the biggest diving event of 2019, the 20th Anniversary of the Rannamaari Shipwreck! This event aims to create a delightfully educational experience to all participants and spread awareness of the importance of conserving marine life in the Maldives.
The Rannamaari wreck was previously used as a dredging ship on a nearby island and was towed to Angsana Ihuru in 1999 to be used as an artificial reef. However, the ship sank “mysteriously” several days before the planned event and has since become a home for thousands of sea creatures and corals at a depth of 28 metres. A plethora of marine life frequents the vibrant coral reef surrounding the resort island, including giant moray eels, scorpion fish, stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays, batfish, nurse sharks, big jack fish, and sea turtles.
Banyan Tree and Angsana are strongly dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of its’ environment, and the resorts strongly believe that every guest that arrives on its sandy shores both leaves with lasting memories and a better understanding of the importance of natural conservation. Guests can expect a live streaming of our 10TO10 dive event from the sapphire depths of the waters around Angsana Ihuru, as our experienced dive instructors and up to a 100 adventurous guests explore the imposing Rannamaari Shipwreck.
With a plethora of activities such as traditional Bodu-Beru, marine conservation activities, food and entertainment, there’s something for everyone at the 20th Anniversary of the Rannamaari Shipwreck!
To commemorate this event and to truly give divers the experience of a lift time, Angsana Ihuru will also be releasing an unlimited dive package for the duration of the event.
ABOUT BANAYN TREE HOLDINGS LIMITED
Banyan Tree Holdings Limited (“Banyan Tree” or the “Group”) is a leading international operator and developer of premium resorts, hotels, residences and spas, with 48 hotels and resorts, 64 spas, 76 retail galleries, and three golf courses in 23 countries. Each resort typically has between 75 to 300 rooms and commands room rates at the higher end of each property’s particular market.
The Group’s primary business is centered on four brands: the award-winning Banyan Tree and Angsana, as well as newly established Cassia and Dhawa. Banyan Tree also operates the leading integrated resort in Thailand – Laguna Phuket — through the Group’s subsidiary, Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited. Two other integrated resorts – Laguna Bintan in Indonesia and Laguna Lăng Cô in Central Vietnam – complete the status of the Group as the leading operator of integrated resorts in Asia.
As a leading operator of spas in Asia, Banyan Tree’s spas are one of the key features in their resorts and hotels. Its retail arm Banyan Tree Gallery complements and reinforces the branding of the resort, hotel and spa operations.
Since the launch of the first Banyan Tree resort, Banyan Tree Phuket, in 1994, Banyan Tree has received over 2,400 awards and accolades for the resorts, hotels and spas that the Group manages. The Group has also received recognition for its commitment to sustainability for environmental protection and emphasis on corporate social responsibility.
In addition to its currently operating hotels, resorts, spas and golf courses, the Group currently has 23 hotels and resorts under construction, and another 38 under development.