Conservation

Island Restoration
Isle East Indies is a dream realized by Indonesian antiques aficionado David Salman. David first discovered the island over twenty years ago. He had leased a simple cabin on a neighboring island and would swim daily across the channel to explore the uninhabited islet. Left unattended for years, the island had lost some of its foliage and had suffered some reef erosion. With a clear vision of restoration in mind, David set about trying to purchase the island, which was clearly not for sale. With characteristic tenacity, he persevered and finally secured Isle East Indies two years later.

David then set about restoring the delicate ecosystem of the island and it’s beaches. There are two channels flowing alongside and the shifting currents, combined with some damage to the reef, had eroded part of the shore. David constructed a natural stone breakwater to prevent currents from damaging the island.

He then began a reef protection program, educating local fishermen and re-attaching corals. The results after several years are outstanding. Not only is the coral reef thriving, but the beautiful sandy beaches on all sides of the island have also been preserved.

On land he planted numerous indigenous trees including pandanas and whistling sea pines known as casuarinas. Both species are resistant to salt-laden breezes and tolerant of sandy soil. In amongst the island’s flora, David created meandering sandy pathways that allow you to explore and enjoy all parts of the island.

Environmental Care
Isle East Indies mission is to impact as little as possible on the nature of the island. In construction, we sought to minimize our impact on the environment by using recycled building materials almost exclusively bought locally and using the skills of local craftsmen. Committed to ecologically friendly solutions, a septic tank has been installed as well as a desalination plant to ensure guests can enjoy fresh bathroom water. A natural water treatment system takes wastewater from the showers and washbasins, processes it and recycles it for use in the gardens. We minimize our electricity consumption by using low voltage LED and CFL lighting and limited landscape lighting. We avoid using plastic by using refillable bottles in the bathrooms. We purchase as much organic produce as possible and avoid using processed products and produce basics such as juices and pastries ourselves.