The resident manager, Mohan Rao, explains the resort’s philosophy: “No disposable plastics are allowed at the resort, all drinking water comes in bulk refillable bottles and smaller glass bottles are reused in guest rooms. In the coming months we also hope to be composting all food scraps.” The resort collaborates with researchers from the Department of Marine Parks, the Forest Research Institute, and other institutions. Even the outdoor furniture has been made from recycled teak.
Mohan proudly tells me: “Batu Batu’s environmental credentials helped us win the FIABCI Malaysia award for best resort in 2015.” Recently going one better, in 2016, the resort was awarded the FIABCI worldwide award in the resort category, with environmental criteria contributing to the title.
Batu Batu earns a big tick from me. Twenty years from now, today’s hatchlings will return to lay their own eggs on Pulau Tengah. With continued protection, my grandkids may also get to witness the ancient turtle magic.