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Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach Invites Guests To ‘Rescue A Reef’

January 31, 2019 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach which promises an opportunity to enjoy the sophisticated, relaxed side of South Beach and re-discover the destination like a true insider, takes guests on an underwater journey with its exclusive reef excursion experience.

Kimpton Angler’s Hotel has teamed with University of Miami’s (UM) Benthic Ecology and Coral Restoration Lab to assist in re-establishing the area’s coral reef population by adopting a coral reef site off the shores of Miami Beach. Located at 25.659617° -80.097550°, the hotel’s adopted site is aptly named Angler’s Reef which guests can now visit.

As part of its mission to help guests celebrate the spirit of discovery, as well as a “citizen science” effort encouraged by UM, Kimpton Angler’s is offering private guided excursions to its adopted site for guests to learn about the importance of this precious ocean resource.

Ideal for families, friends and groups seeking a shared learning adventure, Kimpton Angler’s curated, up-close-and-personal Reef Rescue Dive/Snorkel Discovery Experience is available for leisure guests and groups (of up to 35). Kimpton Angler’s front desk team will arrange the half-day guided excursions through its charter partner, Deco Divers which departs from South Beach Marina, conveniently located near the hotel.

Excursion participants can opt to dive (approximately 25 feet deep), snorkel, or ride along to the Angler’s Reef site led by a licensed captain and crew. Group guests can also customize their experience, with catering, scuba diving re-fresher courses, and other options available. Rates vary based on group size, equipment rentals, transfers and other options and incidentals.

“Our heritage as a haven for true anglers ties us inextricably to the ocean that surrounds us,” said Jacqueline Lejart, General Manager, Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach. “Coupled with our desire to make Angler’s a place of discovery for our guests while supporting the local community, we enthusiastically joined University of Miami and their Rescue-a-Reef program to share this important work and the beauty of our oceans with our guests.”

With funding provided by Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach, the Angler’s Reef restoration site was populated over a two-month period beginning in February 2018 with 300 staghorn corals and two underwater “trees” installed at the nearby Key Biscayne underwater nursery. Each “tree” holds approximately 120 coral fragments which are used to naturally propagate hundreds of additional fragments and restore more reefs in the future. Now, a year later, the planted coral at Angler’s Reef is thriving and has grown to the size of a basketball.

Climate change, pollution, and disease have caused the loss of coral reefs at an alarming rate. Restoring reef populations helps rebuild natural habitats for an abundance of marine organisms, while protecting coastlines and coastal communities from storm surge and flooding.

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