“Coconut Island” – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Businessmen from the United Arab Emirates have been known to explore unchartered territories, push the boundaries of human imagination, and create something out of nothing. Since oil money is always flowing out of their pockets, it was an easy decision to decide on the development of resorts and other tourist attraction in the gulf region. When oil reserves dwindle, they can switch the focus of their economy to tourism and real estate development. The city of Dubai has already completed man-made wonders such as the Burj Khalifa, the Tower of Arabs (Burj al Arab), and Palm Jumeirah, and its neighboring city of Abu Dhabi hopes to compete for supremacy in the Arab region. Many investors believe that the development of Coconut Island is the city’s answer to bring in millions of tourists.
During the last quarter of 2007, ALDAR Properties announced that it will begin developing a premium gated resort on an island just off the west coast of Abu Dhabi. It is a two-island man-made project, and the smaller island is called Coconut Island. The island is blanketed with coconut trees and a natural sandbar, which is surrounded by crystal clear waters that provide a serene background for the resort. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has plans to build a hotel on Coconut Island in order to lure wealthy travelers and big businesses to its coconut paradise. The resort promises no less than 5-Star luxury rooms. It is planned to have 128 guest rooms, 2 royal suites, 20 club suites, and 10 private villas. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel will also have a health and fitness room, a spa center, and its own private marina for very important guests.
“Coconut Island” – Moku o Loʻe, Island of O‘ahu, Hawaii
The Coconut Island of O’ahu, Hawaii was originally owned by Christian Holmes II who doubled the original island size of 12 acres to 28 acres by reclaiming parts of the island with sand, coral rubble and earthen landfill. He filled the island with many exotic plants and trees in addition to the already bountiful coconut trees of the island. In 1995, the island was fully owned by the University of Hawaii after The Edwin Pauley Foundation bought the other half of the island from a Japanese investor named Katsuhiro Kawaguchi. A world class marine laboratory was then built to research and study marine life. The island is located just across from the city of Hilo and it can be reached by scheduling a boat ride from the pier on Lilipuna road. If you are planning to stay for many days, it is essential to bring food supplies with you to the island. There are malls and several grocery shops near the corner of Lilipuna road by the pier. There is not much to do on this island if you are not a researcher, due to the fact that most of the island is restricted for visitors that do not have a sponsor. If your stay is sponsored, then you will have the chance to go scuba diving with the protected sea turtles and other marine life off the shore of the island. You will also have access to see their laboratories and the different research groups and join in their activities. Tourists are allowed for a brief period of time to see some parts of the island such as the Two Towers, which was used during WWII to train soldiers for diving emergencies.