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Marine Biology

Our resident Marine Biologist offers unsurpassable insight into the incredible Biosphere Reserve in which Amilla Fushi is located. All marine biologist-led activities are designed to help further the understanding of some of the key features of this complex eco-system, allowing you to appreciate the reasons why your choice of destination is so unique, and also why it’s crucial we protect it.

Our marine bio program offers a holistic approach to marine biology with a strong focus on citizen science and an open sharing platform, so that various organizations such as Marine Mega Fauna, Parley, One Drop Foundation, Seakeepers Society, and Ports of Cause can contribute and partake in our conservation efforts. This is the perfect complement to our “Visiting Heroes” whom we host regularly at Amilla.

Our guests can learn about the ocean, pursue an adventure, experience the coral reef and participate in ongoing research to personally make a difference to our fragile environment. We currently contribute to MantaMatcher, an online global database revolutionizing global research on these threatened rays by means of successful and meaningful public involvement. Our manta ray excursion involves an in-depth briefing about these majestic animals and an introduction on how to contribute to our ongoing manta ID database. 

Another main focus of the marine biology program is turtles. We currently collaborate with TurtleWatch and the Olive Ridley Project, ongoing open platforms focused on turtle research across the Maldives. We offer the opportunity for you to join our marine biologist on an exciting adventure to swim with these ancient, fascinating reptiles in their natural environment at a nearby reef. The adventure begins with an in-depth briefing on turtles, a lesson on how to ID the species, and a discussion on the threats they face and how we can help to protect them. By sharing your photos with us, you will contribute to our ever-growing database of turtles, which is in turn shared with TurtleWatch.

“Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity... We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as the people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet.”
Leonardo DiCaprio