1. Maldives is actually it’s own country.

It’s capital city is Male. It’s the lowest country in the world (in terms of sea level). And it’s actually pretty close to India. And it’s composed of Atolls, which are chain of islands formed of corals.

 

Although I added a new category for it, I doubt I’ll be able to afford to go back. But was it worth it?

Oh yes. It was lovely and so Instagram worthy.

2. Coral Frames

Sadly in 2016, more than 60% of corals in the Maldives was hit by bleaching due to a rise in temperature caused by El Nino. What this means, is that the corals are dying. The corals which are the homes to tropicals fishes and marine life, such as Nemo and Dory.

I recently visited the Marine Discovery Center at Four Seasons Landaa Giravaaru, and I learned about Reefscapers. Reefscapers is an initiative that has been involved in coral reef restoration using coral frame techniques. This means, they are saving the corals. They are finding more resilient breeds of corals and then planting them in coral frames that they deploy in areas around the resort and all over the oceans in the Maldives. Currently, they have 7830 coral frames in the water.

While I was snorkeling at the resort, I saw the coral frames in action in the water (they have ones shaped like a heart and christmas trees). I also saw the bright and colorful Nemoes (actually, the Marine Discovery Center has a Clown Fish farm) and Dories, other fishes and even a shark swimming about in the area. It was a truly magical experience.

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Finding Dory (in the second pic) Sadly in 2016, more than 60% of corals in the Maldives was hit by bleaching due to a rise in temperature caused by El Nino. What this means, is that the corals are dying. The corals which are the homes to tropicals fishes and marine life, such as Nemo and Dory. I recently visited the Marine Discovery Center at Four Seasons Landaa Giravaaru, and I learned about Reefscapers. Reefscapers is an initiative that has been involved in coral reef restoration using coral frame techniques. This means, they are saving the corals. They are finding more resilient breeds of corals and then planting them in coral frames that they deploy in areas around the resort and all over the oceans in the Maldives. Currently, they have 7830 coral frames in the water. While I was snorkeling at the resort, I saw the coral frames in action in the water (they have ones shaped like a heart and christmas trees). I also saw the bright and colorful Nemoes (actually, the Marine Discovery Center has a Clown Fish farm) and Dories, other fishes and even a shark swimming about in the area. It was a truly magical experience. I am hopeful that with Reefscapers, the beautiful waters and marine life, will be a sight that can be seen by future generations to come. #travels #maldives #fish #coral #coralframe #findingdory #bluetang #fourseasonslandaagiraavaru #blue #ocean #sea #maldivesblue #reefscapers

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3. Sharks know how to tell the time

These sharks show up during feeding time (at 10pm every night at the bar). Also since they are baby sharks, they won’t hurt you.

4. It’s tropical

It’s pretty similar to the Philippines in terms of weather and flora and fauna actually. Aside from their coconuts, which are a different variety.

5. Maldives Blue

The ocean has distinct layers and shades of blue.

 

 

6. Maldivians aren’t allowed to drink in public

Because they are a Muslim country and they follow the Sharia Law.

 

7. They drink desalinated sea water

At least the resort I stayed at has its own water bottling plant. And they don’t use bottled water. They also filter their gray water before releasing it back into the wild.

 

8. Their garbage truck is a boat

Because it’s islands, how else will they get their rubbish to the garbage island (yes, there is a garbage island)?

 

And here are some stories (includes a villa tour and lots of food):

https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17960214109286433/

 

And a selfie:

Links:

I stayed at two different Four Season’s resorts: Kuda Haraa and Landaa Giravaaru, here are the links:

https://www.fourseasons.com/maldiveskh/

https://www.fourseasons.com/maldiveslg/

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