The ocean covers approximately 99% of the Maldives’ total area and the incredible marine life found here is one of the nation’s biggest attractions. The warm, crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean surrounding Innahura Maldives are the perfect place from which to embark upon marine adventures and see what lies below the surface…
Many people dream of swimming with turtles and at Innahura it usually comes true. Both snorkellers and divers can spot turtles at many of the reefs nearby but one in particular, the aptly named ‘Turtle Rock’, is frequented by many hawksbill turtles, on one particular trip 48 individual turtles were seen! Lhaviyani Atoll is well-known as a sea turtle hotspot with the Maldives’ largest community of green sea turtles living in the north of the atoll.
Sleek and beautiful, these top predators are a sign of healthy reef ecosystems and more than 20 species can be found in the Maldives. Around Innahura you are most likely to come across grey reef sharks, nurse sharks and black-tipped reef sharks, but for divers venturing to the channels with an underwater scooter, there is a chance of seeing silver tips, and any other species that happen to cruise by.
A fly past by a squadron of eagle rays is hard to beat, but so is a graceful manta gliding down to a cleaning station, or maybe a stingray skimming the reef right in front of you on its way to a new sandy place to rest. Make sure your underwater camera is ready!
Fish, fish & more fish
There are over 2,000 species of fish in the Maldives’ waters and the colours, shapes and size vary immensely. Weird looking frogfish, camouflged scorpionfish, huge napoleon wrasse, big shoals of snappers, clouds of fusiliers and beautiful butterflyfish as far as the eye can see. Pelagic species such as tuna, giant trevally and barracuda are also frequently seen.
The highlight of boat trips, these playful cetaceans can be seen sommersaulting in the distance or swimming right next to the boat and our crews are experts at spotting them.