Our trip to the Maldives with Anantara Kihavah Villas was absolutely magical! On our bucket list since the times when email forwards were still chic, we were attracted to the Maldives for the pristine white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters that leave you guessing if they’re Photoshopped (we assure you they are not!). But even more so, we wanted to visit the Maldives to see the colorful coral reefs and reef fish.
Anantara Kihavah Villas is located on the Baa Atoll, 125 kilometers from Malé, the capital of the Maldives. The Baa Atoll covers nearly 1200 square kilometers and is made up of 75 islands, only 13 of which are inhabited. The Baa Atoll contains some of the richest coral reef systems in the world, including rare pink hydrozoans corals. This is just part of the reason that the Maldives’ Baa Atoll was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2011. To become a member of an illustrious list of World Biosphere Reserves, the place must combine core protected areas with zones where sustainable development – and innovative approaches to it – are fostered, tested, and developed by locals and enterprises alike. Anantara Kihavah is definitely doing that with their Coral Adoption Program and sustainable development.
But enough of a lesson on the Maldives for today. Instead, take a “dive” with us and have a look at just some of the incredible corals and colorful reef fish in the underwater world of the Maldives.
We went on a snorkel excursion with Anantara Kihavah Villa’s resident marine biologist, Jenny, who was more than happy to name many of the fish we saw for us and we immediately made notes once back aboard our boat. It was really fantastic to have Jenny on the excursion to tell us a bit about the various fish.
Which of these Maldivian reef fish would you most like to see?
Thank you to Anantara Kihavah Villas for hosting us during our stay in the Maldives. As always, all opinions are entirely our own.
*See more of our photos of Maldivian reef fish on our Facebook page.