Which is your favorite marine animal?

On top of the list of the favorite marine animal surely there must be the manta, whaleshark and dolphin – right? Let’s give other animals a chance too and look at why they are our or your favorite. Is it because they are big or tiny, fierce or cute, hard to spot, weird or fancy…

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Devil Ray vs Manta Alfredi

Snorkeling or diving in the Maldives you might encounter these two species: the devil ray and the manta alfredi. Though similar at first glance these gentle giants possess distinct characteristics that set them apart. Devil Ray A devil ray is often mistaken for a baby manta. At 1,2m in width when fully grown they are…

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The starfish wasting disease

I didn’t even know that the starfish wasting disease existed until I heard it on one of my favourite podcasts called “no such thing as a fish”. I better mention straight away that it does not affect the Maldives. Most cases are located on the West coast of North America affecting sea stars from Baja…

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An excursion to Turtle Reef

One of our most popular excursions is an afternoon snorkel trip to Turtle Reef. We organize one every other day and it is a great start for beginner snorkelers. Even as an experienced snorkeler you will have a great time there, as we can almost guarantee a turtle sighting! Turtle Reef is the fringing reef…

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Heroes of the week

Our PADI instructors Oleg from Belarus and Nika from Ukraine are our heroes of the week! After discovering the odd crown of thorn starfish while snorkeling along our beautiful house reef we were a little concerned and decided to collect them before their numbers increase. Here are some interesting crown of thorn starfish facts: The…

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Is coral a plant or an animal

Coral is a fascinating organism that has puzzled divers and snorkelers alike regarding its classification. Is coral a plant or an animal? You can easily mistake a coral for a plant as its appearance is plant-like and it can grow on the ocean floor. However, coral is, in fact, an animal that belongs to the phylum…

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Night diving vs Night snorkelling

Let us compare night diving vs night snorkelling. Diving and snorkelling are different ways to explore the underwater world. Snorkelling allows anyone who can swim and is comfortable in the water to see what it has to offer from the surface. You have a wide range of field and get to observe from above. Diving…

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Crabs

Crabs are a diverse group of crustaceans that are found in both marine and terrestrial environments. While some crabs live in the water, others live on land, and both are equally interesting to observe. The Maldives is home to many different species of crabs, including hermit crabs, the swift footed rock crab and ghost crabs.…

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Long skinny fish

There are many species of “long skinny fish”. These are some of the descriptive words that our guests will use, to ask us what type of fish they saw while out diving or snorkelling. We then have to ask them questions so that we can narrow it down. It is usually one of the following…

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Rare Ocean Finds

The Ocean is full of incredible marine life. Each way you turn your head while in the ocean in the Maldives you see something different. But there are a few creatures that are quite rare to spot. Here are a few that we consider to be rare ocean finds. Ornate Eagle Ray We also call…

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