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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Maldivian white breasted water-hen

If you have visited us here in the Maldives you would have been sure to hear some strange bird calls. The Maldives is home to many different sea birds, some are residents and some  just visit. One that seems to catch many peoples eye is the resident white breasted water-hen. The white breasted water-hen is…

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Microplastics

We all know the term microplastics but what actually are they and where do they come from? Plastics are excessively made and well outlive their original purpose, making plastic waste incredibly abundant and persistent in all environments. Once it has entered the waterways being either fresh or marine, it is incredibility unlikely that it will…

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The return of the dragonflies

Every year the islands of the Maldives get a massive influx of dragonflies around November/December. It normally coincides with the changing of the monsoon from south west winds to the north east winds. We did a little research and here are some fun facts about these interesting insects: Where do they go There have been…

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Coral Reefs of the Maldives

To engage divers and snorkelers here at Kihaa Maldives every Wednesday evening we do a PowerPoint presentation in the hotel library where we talk about the life on a coral reefs. It is fun and educational, we show photos and videos that we have taken throughout the year and we give you some more background…

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