Coral Restoration at Summer Bay Resort and CoralKu

Coral Restoration at Summer Bay Resort and CoralKu

Coral reefs, often referred to as the “rainforests of the sea,” are crucial for maintaining the health of our oceans. However, these vibrant ecosystems face numerous threats, including climate change, overfishing, and pollution. At Summer Bay Resort, we are deeply committed to protecting and restoring these underwater treasures. This article highlights our coral restoration efforts in collaboration with CoralKu, showcasing our methods and inviting you to join us in this important cause.

What is a Coral Reef?

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Coral reefs are made up of colonies of hundreds to thousands of tiny individual corals, known as polyps. These marine invertebrate animals have hard exoskeletons made of calcium carbonate and are sessile, meaning they are permanently fixed in one place. Polyps grow slowly, forming various shapes and sizes depending on their species.
With the help of other calcium carbonate-secreting animals and coralline algae, corals build complex, three-dimensional structures known as reefs. These reefs provide vital ecosystems for marine life, offering food and shelter within their crevices and branches for a variety of creatures, including fish, mollusks, sea urchins, and sponges.

The Importance of Coral Restoration

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Coral reefs are not only beautiful but also provide essential benefits to marine life and human communities. These vibrant ecosystems serve as habitats for diverse marine species, supporting fish, invertebrates, and other organisms crucial for maintaining ocean health. Coral reefs also support fishing industries by providing breeding and nursery grounds for commercially important fish species, ensuring sustainable fish populations vital for food security and the economic well-being of coastal communities. Additionally, reefs act as natural barriers, protecting coastlines from erosion and storm damage, and contribute significantly to tourism, attracting millions of visitors worldwide for activities such as snorkeling and diving.
However, the degradation of coral reefs, driven by climate change, pollution, overfishing, and destructive practices, poses a significant threat to their benefits. Coral bleaching, disease, and physical damage harm these ecosystems and the human communities that depend on them. Coral restoration, using techniques like coral gardening and frames, aims to reverse this damage, replenish populations, enhance genetic diversity, and rebuild reef structures. By investing in coral restoration, we preserve the natural beauty and biodiversity of coral reefs and protect the vital services they provide. Ensuring the health and sustainability of coral reefs is essential for the well-being of marine ecosystems and the millions of people who rely on them.

Summer Bay Resort: Leading the Way in Coral Restoration

Located in the pristine waters of Lang Tengah Island, Summer Bay Resort is dedicated to environmental conservation. Through our collaboration with the non-profit organization CoralKu, we have created a Coral Restoration Project at Lang Tengah Island, using pioneering coral frame techniques to increase coral cover and biodiversity.

CoralKu: Our Restoration Partner

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CoralKu is an innovative non-profit organization focused on coral restoration. They aim to restore damaged reefs and promote marine biodiversity through scientific research and hands-on restoration activities. Driven by a passion for preserving marine ecosystems and educating the public, we have been collaborating with CoralKu to implement effective coral restoration techniques.
Since 2021, CoralKu has been instrumental in our efforts to restore a shallow reef site in front of Summer Bay Resort. This site has now become a favorite snorkeling spot for everyone to see and enjoy. As part of this project, over 5,000 corals from 42 species were planted, with natural reef elements added to mimic the reef ecosystem as much as possible.
comparison of coral garden in 2021 and 2024
Recently, we celebrated a significant milestone when 8 coral species in the coral garden spawned. This marks the start of natural coral larvae production to aid reef recovery, highlighting the success of our restoration efforts.

Coral Frames: Our Key Coral Restoration Technique

Coral Frames: Our Key Coral Restoration Technique

One of the primary methods utilized by Summer Bay Resort and CoralKu is the use of coral frames. This coral propagation program is simple and effective. Small fragments of corals are attached to metal frames, allowing them to grow and mature into new colonies in the resort’s lagoon. Our coral frames are designed to support up to 50 broken coral fragments. They provide a stable surface for corals to attach and grow, helping mitigate coral loss in areas where natural substrate has eroded.
Within six months, the corals start to grow new branches, and fish begin returning to the area. Within a year, the corals can grow up to 15cm in length, and within three years, they form a small reef that integrates with the natural reef substrate. For example, the SB091 coral frame at Summer Bay Resort illustrates how coral frames can facilitate the growth and restoration of coral reefs.
In late 2021, we launched the ‘Citizen Restoration Program’ at Summer Bay Resort, Lang Tengah Island. We invite dedicated citizens and divers from all backgrounds to join us on-site and help deploy coral frames at a popular dive site in need of restoration. Heavy sedimentation and reef degradation have left many broken corals at risk of being covered by sand and dead coral rubble. Our aim is to deploy at least 100 coral frames by 2024, with approximately 5,000 pieces of broken corals. This method aims to mitigate coral loss, restore a popular snorkeling and diving site, and establish a ‘donor bank’ for more reef restoration.

Get Involved: How You Can Help

Coral restoration is a collective effort that requires the participation of individuals, communities, and organizations. At Summer Bay Resort, we offer several ways for you to get involved and contribute to the restoration of coral reefs.

Participate in Coral Planting Activities

Participate in Coral Planting Activities

Guests at Summer Bay Resort can participate in coral planting activities, gaining hands-on experience in coral restoration. This unique opportunity allows participants to learn about the importance of coral reefs and actively contribute to their recovery.

Adopt a Coral Frame

Another way to support coral restoration is by adopting a coral frame. By sponsoring a coral frame, you can help fund the restoration efforts and track the progress of your adopted frame over time. When you adopt a coral frame, you will receive a unique reference number, and photos will be uploaded every six months to the Coral Summer Bay Dive website, allowing you to monitor the growth of your corals from your home as they mature and flourish. This initiative not only supports the restoration of coral reefs but also fosters a personal connection to the cause. If you want to sponsor a frame, you can submit the form here.

Volunteer Programs

CoralKu offers volunteer programs for those who wish to dedicate more time and effort to coral restoration. Volunteers work alongside marine biologists and conservationists, gaining valuable insights and contributing to meaningful conservation work.

Educational Workshops

Educational Workshops by coralku and summerbay resort

In addition to hands-on activities, Summer Bay Resort and CoralKu host educational workshops designed to increase awareness and understanding of coral reefs and the importance of their conservation. These workshops are suitable for all ages and provide a comprehensive overview of coral ecosystems, threats they face, and the efforts being made to protect them.

Conclusion

The coral restoration efforts at Summer Bay Resort, in collaboration with CoralKu, are a testament to the power of collaboration and commitment in preserving our natural world. Through innovative techniques and community involvement, we are making significant strides in restoring coral reefs and promoting marine biodiversity. By participating in these efforts, you can play a vital role in ensuring the health and sustainability of our oceans for generations to come.
For more information on how to get involved, visit CoralKu and Coral Summer Bay Dive. Together, we can make a difference and protect the invaluable treasures of our oceans.

Visit Summer Bay Resort at Lang Tengah Island

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At Summer Bay Resort, we are not only dedicated to coral restoration but also to creating a paradise for our guests to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Nestled in the serene waters of Lang Tengah Island, our resort offers a perfect blend of luxury and nature, providing an idyllic setting for relaxation and adventure. Immerse yourself in the beauty of our pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush surroundings.
Experience world-class hospitality and a range of activities designed to make your stay unforgettable. Book your visit now and discover why Summer Bay Resort is the ultimate destination for rejuvenation and tranquility.
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Best Island Resort in Malaysia: Summer Bay’s Holiday Packages

Exclusive Holiday Packages at Summer Bay: Your Must-Visit Island Resort in Malaysia

Are you looking for a perfect getaway to escape the hustle and bustle of your daily life? Look no further than Summer Bay Resort, one of the best island resorts in Malaysia. Nestled on the idyllic Pulau Lang Tengah, Summer Bay is surrounded by sparkling blue waters, pristine beaches, and lush greenery, making it the ideal destination to unwind and rejuvenate. Moreover, it offers a range of exclusive holiday packages designed to provide an unforgettable island experience. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a bit of both, Summer Bay’s diverse offerings cater to every traveler’s dream.

4 Special Packages at Summer Bay Resort

1. Leisure Package: Indulge in Serenity and Adventure

Summer Bay's Leisure Package: Your Must-Visit Island Resort in Malaysia

The Leisure Package at Summer Bay is the epitome of a luxurious island getaway and is the most hot-selling package offered by the resort. Guests are treated to a stay in a 4-star MOTAC rated Deluxe Room, featuring breathtaking views of the resort’s impressive 65-meter Olympic length-sized swimming pool. This incredible package includes all meals at the De-Lang restaurant, where a fusion of international and local cuisines is served. It also provides 2-way boat transfer for a hassle-free journey.
Its special weekly activities, such as turtle sanctuary visits, tie-dye experiences, and DIY color band activities, provide guests with immersive and interactive experiences that are both fun and culturally enriching. Additionally, 4 complimentary daily activities, such as Lang Tengah deep-sea snorkeling, jungle trekking, blue tears tours, and island hopping (turtle snorkeling + Redang Island hopping) are also included, making it a top choice for guests at Summer Bay.

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2. Holiday Package: Customized Getaways for Every Traveler

Summer Bay's Holiday Package: Your Must-Visit Island Resort in Malaysia

The Holiday Package is ideal for those who prioritize flexibility and customization in their accommodation and may wish to arrange their activities independently. By choosing this package, you can expect comfortable accommodation in fully air-conditioned rooms, all meals prepared, 2-way boat transfer service, and 3 complimentary activities, including Lang Tengah Deep Sea Snorkelling, jungle trekking, and a blue tears tour. This package is perfect for experiencing the unique charm and beauty of an island resort in Malaysia.

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3. Diving Package: Dive into the Depths of Lang Tengah

Summer Bay's Diving Package: Your Must-Visit Island Resort in Malaysia

If you’re an adventure seeker looking to explore the depths of the ocean, then Summer Bay’s Diving Package is the perfect choice for you! Opting for this package, you can enjoy 4-star accommodation, full board meals, 2-way boat transfer service, and diving experiences that include 1 shore and 3 boat dives for a 3D2N stay or 1 shore and 6 boat dives for a 4D3N stay. In the stunning underwater world around Lang Tengah Island, divers can encounter great numbers of rare marine life and colorful coral species. To this day, the area remains one of the least explored diving spots in the region, offering a unique opportunity to discover a whole new world of underwater wonders.

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4. Diving Courses Package: Explore the Marine Wonders of Lang Tengah

Summer Bay's Diving Course Package: Your Must-Visit Island Resort in Malaysia

Summer Bay’s Diving Courses Package is tailored for those who wish to become certified divers or strengthen their diving skills. The resort offers a comprehensive range of courses, including Open Water Course, Advance Open Water, Rescue Diver, and a combination of Open Water + Advance Open Water. This makes it suitable for beginners and experienced divers.
The package covers dive manuals, diving equipment, 4 star accommodations, full board meals, 2-way boat transfer service, providing a complete and worry-free diving experience. Whether you’re taking your first dive or looking to advance your skills, this package provides the perfect opportunity to explore the marine wonders of Lang Tengah!

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Looking for even more excitement beyond our holiday packages? Explore other fun activities offered by Summer Bay Resort!

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At Summer Bay Resort, the fun and adventure never stops! Whether you’re eager to glide over the treetops on the Flying Fox, challenge yourself with paintball, or paddleboard along the serene coastline, there’s something for everyone.
For those who are keen to explore the wonders under the sea, we offer snorkeling adventures with the turtles and thrilling night diving experiences. There’s also the choice of underwater photography for aquatic enthusiasts. If you are seeking an adrenaline rush, make sure to try out Via-Ferrata, our seaside rock climbing activity. Scale the cliffs with the vast ocean at your feet, embracing the sensation of a true daredevil.
With almost 20 other activities waiting for you to try, each offers its own unique experience, promising to enrich your tropical vacation with unforgettable moments!

Conclusion

Summer Bay Resort stands out as a premier island resort in Malaysia, offering a diverse array of packages to suit every type of visitors. From luxurious leisure stays to exciting diving adventures, each package is thoughtfully designed to provide guests with an unparalleled island experience. In addition, we also offer almost 20 other fun activities for those who crave even more adventure and exploration. Embark on a journey to Summer Bay and create memories that will last a lifetime in Malaysia’s tropical paradise!

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Diving at Lang Tengah Island, Malaysia

Island Hopping around Malaysia’s Lang Tengah Island

Island Hopping around Malaysia’s Lang Tengah Island

Island hopping refers to the travelling between different islands in the same region. Besides being able to explore multiple destinations within one trip, you get to have a glimpse of the unique culture and attractions on each island.

Island hopping can be done by air, sea or land, depending on your preference and budget.

In Malaysia where we are blessed with groups of beautiful islands, island hopping on a speedboat is rather the most popular option here.

Lang Tengah, Malaysia and Its Neighbouring Islands

Lang Tengah Island is a beautiful and secluded island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Located between Perhentian Islands and Redang Island, making it the popular destination for a getaway and perfect stay for island hopping.

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Activities on Lang Tengah Island

The tranquil waters surrounding Lang Tengah offer an array of activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking and even sailing. With its pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and lush tropical rainforest, Lang Tengah Island is the perfect destination for anyone looking for a laid-back beach holiday with plenty of activities to keep them entertained. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, Lang Tengah has something to offer.

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Island Hopping around Lang Tengah

What is it like to engage in island hopping around Lang Tengah Island?

Through snorkeling or diving, you get to explore the incredible beauty of the underwater world around Lang Tengah Island. The ocean will keep you entertained with its vast array of sea creatures, colorful corals and mesmerizing plants. You may even spot exotic fish like angelfish, parrotfish, and butterflyfish as they flit around the coral reefs.

As you explore deeper into the ocean depths, you’ll find an even more diverse range of sea life including rays, eels, jellyfish, and starfish. Consider getting a diving licence during your stay, as being certified and skill-equipped opens up your underwater world journey!

Summer Bay Resort, Lang Tengah Island offers various level of PADI certified diving courses, explore our packages here:

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Tips for Island Hopping around Lang Tengah Island

Planning on having an island-hopping trip around Malaysia islands soon? Here’s something that you might want to keep in mind!

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Best Visiting Period

On the east coast of peninsular, the dry season usually runs from March to October. If you are interested in snorkeling or diving, the dry season is generally the best time to visit. As the weather is more stable during dry season, you can expect the waters to be clearer and with better visibility.

Duration of Stay

A 4D3N will be ideal if you are interested in snorkelling and diving activities. Whereas, if you are planning on getting a diving licence, consider spend more days on the home island and an extra one to two days for your adventure.

Type of Transportation

Despite the more private and quiet atmosphere Lang Tengah Island offers, it is highly accessible for visitors. The best way to get to Lang Tengah is a domestic flight to Kuala Terengganu and then get on a ferry at the Mangkuk jetty.

Usually, ferries operate regularly and the journey takes about 1-2 hours, depending on the departure point. From the ferry terminal on Lang Tengah, you can take a taxi or a shuttle bus to your destination on the island.

As for guests of Summer Bay Resort, we have both land and boat transfers figured out for you. Let us know your arrival time and we will take care of the rest.

Place to Stay

Island hopping can be a cost-effective way to travel, as you can often find deals on flights and accommodations when you visit multiple destinations. However, it is important to find a comfortable place throughout your stay.

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