Committed to reducing and perhaps even eliminating Kamalame Cay's carbon footprint, the Cay's far-reaching conservation and environmental awareness programs include sustainable planting, a coral reef restoration project, recycling and an ambitious energy program that includes solar power and bio-fuel generators.
An ongoing sustainable planting programme, primarily focused on replacing detrimental imported Casuarina trees – whose toxic pine needles decimate other foliage – with more environmentally sound coconut palms. Incorporating seaweed as rich fertiliser, 500 new plants are introduced annually, from which the resort harvests its own coconuts.
The Cay has designated a 10-mile seabed along the coast of North Andros as a “no take” sanctuary to protect and promote marine life.
With a diet consisting of baby grouper, snapper, and other native fish, the non-indigenous Lionfish that washed into the Bahamas with 1992’s Hurricane Andrew has proved extremely destructive to the barrier reef. In association with the Bahamian environmental protection group, BREEF (breef.org), the resort insures against future damage by catching and harvesting lionfish for our culinary programme.
Kamalame’s year-round seasonal, environmentally aware, locavore menu dictates both an accent on fresh caught Bahamian seafood and a commitment to serving ONLY fully mature, in-season fish and shellfish. Eschewing plastic bottled drinking water, Kamalame offers guests fresh local well water filtered via an RO (Reverse Osmosis) system. Lighting is powered by long lasting, energy efficient LED and CFC bulbs. The island is in the process of converting entirely to solar power, which already fuels road lights and hot water systems including showers, baths, and the heated pool. Generators have been converted to run on bio-fuel (recycled vegetable oil) instead of diesel.