Who are Nataliia Dobrynska & Katja Fenn?

Let me introduce you, so you can find out who are Nataliia Dobrynska & Katja Fenn? Nataliia Dobrynska She is the 2008 Olympic heptathlon champion, holds the best in shot put and the world record best in indoor penthalon! Nataliia is from the Ukraine and she was here at Brennia Kottefaru with her husband for…

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Snorkeling with Blacktip Reef Sharks

If you like, you can go snorkeling with blacktip reef sharks in the Maldives. In almost every island lagoon are little black tip reef sharks cruising in the shallows. Often you can see them swimming close to shore with their dorsal fin sticking out of the water.   This blacktip reef shark came too close…

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Dolphin Spotting in the Maldives

Dolphin Spotting in the Maldives In the Maldives dolphin spotting is very easy. There are 38 oceanic dolphins, for example the Dusky, Hourglass, Risso, Hector and the Irrawaddy dolphin. Here in the Maldives we mainly see the Spinner and the Bottlenose dolphins. At both our resorts Brennia in Raa Atoll and Kihaa in Baa Atoll…

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Light at the end of the tunnel

There is a light at the end of the tunnel – can you see it too! Starting with Oleg our instructor from Belarus, in April 2020 one by one our team members went back to their home countries and their families. Marcela, Marta, Jeon, Marc and I were the last ones to leave on the…

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Coral Bleaching

The big question: Was there any coral bleaching over the past few months in the Maldives? With the world in a global pandemic focusing on what is happening above water, has given us the chance and time to investigate what is happening underwater! We were going out once a week to document some corals and…

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Leucism in Blacktip Reef Sharks

Leucism is not a word we come across every day, in short it is a genetic skin disorder. The Beginning The following short email sparked our curiosity “FYI – something interesting :)”. In the attached message Gibbs Kuguru introduced himself as a Ph.D candidate at Wageningen University, Netherlands. He wanted to explore Leucism in blacktip…

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Stuck on an island in the Maldives during Covid-19

A holiday extension in the Maldives due to circumstances out of your control sounds like everyone’s dream. Some guests and staff were in fact really stuck on an island in the Maldives during Covid-19. Here is our story: GUESTS By the end of March most guests had left. In the beginning of April the arrival…

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Fruit bats or flying fox

Types of bats in the Maldives Fruit bats or flying foxes often seem to catch peoples eye here in the Maldives. They are often seen around dusk swooping down from the tree tops to sip water from the pool. There are two types of bats found here. One is the greater Indian fruit bat also…

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What is a ghost net?

In the past month we have pulled three ghost nets out of the waters surrounding Kihaa. We feel it’s a win-lose situation: it’s good that they were pulled out, but bad that they were there in the first place. One of the nets we spotted was floating on the surface and had an Olive Ridley…

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Night dives

Our night dive usually starts with a beautiful sunset, as we try to be in the water before it gets completely dark. It is amazing to see how the reef’s dynamic changes as the sun goes down. The fish which are usually active during the day start to slow down, getting ready for “bed”. The…

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