Marine Life of Maldives – Fascinating Creatures of the Maldives Ocean

The warm tropical ocean surrounding Maldives is rich in biodiversity and it teems with fascinating Sea creatures. Continue reading to know more about the sea life of Maldivian oceans.

The Reefs

The islands of Maldives have been formed by coral reefs and these reefs are the life blood of the Maldivian oceans. These reefs house two varieties of corals they are namely hard and soft corals. When dead, hard corals leave behind limestone skeletons, on which more corals grow this endless chain has created a beautiful ecosystem in the ocean floor which can now be witnessed around resorts and beaches of Maldives. Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort is one of the resorts located close to the reefs and where you can appreciate this gift of nature.

Reef occupants

Reefs form a massive ecosystem that is home to schools of fish as well as moray eels and octopuses and crustaceans. Some of the most vibrantly coloured fish species you can find in the reefs include butterflyfishes, clown fishes, and parrot fishes. You can see many other fishes and sea creatures of all sorts and sizes during your dive and diving sessions can be arranged easily if you are stationed in one of the Maldives luxury resorts.

Rays and turtles

Stingrays and manta rays effortlessly swim around the reefs and these enigmatic and majestic creatures are certainly a delight to watch. Turtles are equally peaceful and feeble sea creatures that live around the reefs and. five of the seven species of sea turtles in the world can be spotted in Maldivian seas and if you are lucky you can see them up-close and personal during your diving or snorkeling session.

Sharks

Sharks are certainly the most misunderstood creatures in the world. Even though most of the sharks are predators, almost all shark species that live around the reefs are completely harmless. The reef shark, nurse shark, leopard shark and the Angel shark are some of the harmless and smaller varieties of shark species that can be witnessed on the reefs of Maldivian waters.

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Maldives Culture and Lifestyle – The Values of Maldives!

We all know that the Maldives is one of the best tourist destinations in the world but how many of us know that it is a country that boasts a rich and vibrant culture and a nation that is bound by norms and traditions that has been followed for centuries.

Cultural History

The earliest settlers of the Maldives were believed to be seafarers from India of Aryan origin and it is also believed that later, settlers from Africa and Sri Lanka too arrived and began to inhabit the pristine islands.

Social Norms and Religion

The Maldives is a strictly Muslim nation and the sharia law and other restrictions are strictly imposed on the people of Maldives. Failing to follow these laws may result in high penalties and severe punishments. But tourists don’t have to worry much as they mostly spend their vacation at hotels or Maldives luxury resorts and wear anything they like. But remember when visiting the populated areas of the Maldives you should wear clothing that will cover shoulders and legs.

Language

The national language of the Maldives is Divehi. This is a distinctive language that is only spoken by Maldivians. The language, however, has many similarities to Sinhala which is a language spoken in Sri Lanka.

Cuisine

Maldives food is primarily based on seafood which is the ocean surrounding the Maldives is very much abundant in. Tuna is a staple in Maldivian cuisine and it is very much influenced by Indian and Sri Lankan food preparation methods. You can savour traditional Maldivian food in almost all the resorts located in the archipelago and Naladhu Private Island Maldives is one of them.

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Bluetribe Moofushi – Learn to dive with experts

Bluetribe Diving and Excursions Centre, Moofushi is located in the Ari Atoll which is home to some of the most famous diving spots in Maldives. . Moofushi Island in particular, is located in one of the key areas for diving. Ari Atoll has an abundant variety of coral reefs and colourful fish and is great for snorkelling and diving. In Maldives, luxury resorts are abundant where you can find many that suit your needs. Online sites such as Vacation Maldives have a range of options available for accommodation and excursions packages when you’re holidaying in Maldives!
The Bluetribe Moofushi diving center has a range of other water sports; besides snorkelling and diving that will get your adrenaline pumping such as windsurfing, kayaking, catamaran and pedal boat rides and much more. Moofushi is popular for spotting whale sharks, colourful fish and manta rays. You may even be able to spot white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, snappers, eagle rays and turtles! The center even offers excursions from sunset cruises, star gazing cruises and dolphin expeditions.
One of the most exciting expeditions is the Whale Shark excursion which is popular during the northeast monsoon of January and May, where weekly trips are organized for groups who wish to see the most beautiful creature that roams the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. Whale sharks are completely harmless but always be advised not to get too close to these giant beasts.
Bluetribe has been recognised as a PADI IDC 5 star Centre and has achieved the PADI Certificate of Excellence and PADI Awards for having the highest number of 5 star certifications in Maldives. The instructors are able to speak 6 languages; English, Chinese, French, German, Korean and Italian.
Enrol in their PADI Open Water diving, PADI Rescue Diver or a range of other courses that will enable you to explore the treasures of the sea with a certification!

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