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How Travelers Can Restore Maldives Coral Reefs.

The coral fragment from the seafloor off the coast of the resort Siyam World Maldives in the Noonu Atoll had a stark contrast. One inch of the coral’s light brown tips was bumpy with living polyps, while the rest was dull white, resembling a dead tree branch. This coral species, known as acropora hemprichii, grows in the shallow reefs of the Maldives in tapered branches which eventually look like a bush or dome as they grow.

That piece of coral I spotted broke off from its home likely due to a powerful wave or a careless snorkeler. Once it fell into the sand, it began to die off. To the untrained eye, it seemed like there was no hope for that little coral fragment.

However, that fragment was far from dead, and the solution to reviving it was simple.

Coral planting is a simple a...

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Divers Remove Over 7,000 Deadly Starfish

clearing crown-of-thorns

During October and November the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation removed more than seven thousand (7,396) coral-eating Crown of Thorns starfish (COTS) from vulnerable reefs in the Maldives. Foundation scientists worked with divers from local resorts as part of the Foundation’s ongoing Starfish Control and Removal (SCAR) Program to protect reefs from the damaging effects of the coral-eating starfish.

According to Dr. Andrew Bruckner, Chief Scientist for the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, “This was an uncommon opportunity for recreational divers, dive operators and local divers to take an active role in conserving the reefs they value.”

The timing of the projects was designed to protect any bleaching-resistant corals from predation in advance of a possible warming and...

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Bodohora Express, Medufushi, Maldives

Dropped off dhoni onto a submerged reef. Dived left shoulder down a gradula slope to 20m. Really nice Redtooth triggerfish and a big Napoloeon wrasse. Counted 12 groupers over the 60 min dive. Big schools of snappers, oriental sweetlips, 1 whitetip shark and then 2 mantas joined us on our safety stop. Amazing dive!

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Medufushi Island Resort

Medhufushi Island Resort is a haven of peace and relaxation. An air of tranquillity pervades the idyllic island which is adorned with shady coconut trees and tropical flowers. Surrounding the island is a spectacular lagoon in shades of turquoise and shimmering azure blue. If you want to get away from it all and experience affordable, laid-back luxury at a Maldives resort, you can’t find anywhere better than Medhufushi Island Resort.

As one of just two resorts in beautiful Meemu Atoll, you are far from the noise and congestion of the modern world. But you’ll find all the comforts of home available in our spacious and attractive villas, which come with a private sundeck and traditional Maldivian swing chair...

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Boahura Express, Maldives

Last dive of this trip. Dropped of Dhoni in big swell. Couldn’t see reef at first – bad viz on surface from plankton. Finned towards reef and then left shoulder to 25m depth. White tip reef shark, Napoleon Wrasse, Shooling snappers. Mostly hard corals and good reef life nearer surface 8-5m. Nice Dive

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Meeru Island Resort and Spa

Meeru Island

The Maldives welcomes you to a tropical paradise­ of palm trees, white sandy beaches,­ sparkling clear, warm water in­ turquoise lagoons and colourful coral reefs teeming with abundant marine life.

Meeru Island Resort & Spa is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach. It is the only Resort on the island of Meerufenfushi, North Male’ Atoll. Meeru is 1200 meters long by 350 meters wide, about­ 60 hectares (105 acres).­

Meeru offers much to do, or you can relax and do nothing at all. Go on a cruise, a dive or just totally relax on the beach in the sun. It’s all here for you to enjoy, including warm, friendly Maldivian hospitality.­ Download the Island Fact Sheet (131kb pdf).

Allow yourself to glide through the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean di...

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The Maldives is one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations, and the waters around Komandoo offer an incredible amount of fish life, dive sites and variety.

The Prodivers dive center offers excellent facilities and an intimate service, and caters for beginners and experienced divers and snorkelers alike.

If you’ve never tried diving before, there are numerous options available that will let you see whether you enjoy it or not. In addition, Prodivers offers an extensive range of PADI scuba diving courses from Open Water all the way up to Divemaster.

With over 50 dive sites within close proximity to Komandoo, variety is key and the Prodivers team tries to ensure that your dives are conducted in a safe manner.


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Veligandu diving

The Maldives welcomes you to a tropical paradise­ of palm trees, white sandy beaches,­ sparkling clear,warm water in­ turquoise lagoons and colourful coral reefs teeming with abundant marine life.

Veligandu Island Resort, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, an excellent house reef and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only Resort on the island of Veligandu, North Ari Atoll. It is 600 meters long by 150 meters wide, about 22 acres. Your seaplane transfer from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is a scenic, 20 minute flight.

Allow yourself to glide through the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean discovering the beauty of the aquatic world! We offer an interesting variety of courses from novice to expert...

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Take a seaplane to a fairytale lagoon. Walk on fine sand the colour of icing sugar and feel it tickle your soles. Learn to navigate a coral reef and relish your Maldivian adventure with dolphins and turtles.

Live in ocean villas suspended over jewelled waters or stay in land villas with sublime ocean views – the choice is yours at Angsana Velavaru resort. Feast on Asian and Mediterranean cuisines touched with a hint of Maldivian flavour and unwind at our spa with our classic offerings to knead your tension away.

Decide to take to the waters in a dive. Make your first dive count and explore an indescribably amazing reef. Discover and uncover and explore with an expert instructor to keep you safe. Move around the atolls and see underwater magic at work.

Experienced divers can take the open...

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Filetheyo Island Resort

Filetheyo Island

Providing 125 villas that are spread throughout the rim of the island, the resort is in the unspoiled North Nilandhe Atoll. The Filitheyo Island Resort is 120km from the Male’ International Airport. The resort is surrounded by turquoise waters that are brimming with coral and marine life.

Guests can relax on the soft white beaches or go snorkeling and explore the coral reef that has been completely untouched by man. For dining, guests can enjoy barbecues on the beach, or ‘theme nights’ prepared by experienced chefs. With its beautiful and pristine surroundings, the resort is the perfect haven for those who are seeking escape and privacy.


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