Just below the surface of the tropical waters of the Maldives, colorful fish and weird and wonderful sea creatures inhabit a magical underwater world of intricate coral formations, some as big as mountains! The coral reefs are stunningly beautiful with abundant marine life. The importance of these coral reefs goes far beyond their beauty; coral reefs are literally the basis of the Maldivian life-support system, but their survival is under threat due to anticipated climate change, ocean pollution and developmental activities.
Reef Recharge began in 2011 as a joint effort by Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and Ocean Dive Maldives to increase coral coverage near the resort and encourage healthy coral growth on the local reefs. Coral propagation is an important part of the effort to increase the biodiversity of the reefs. Sponsored by our guests and kind donations, our Coral Garden is ever-growing and currently has 267 frames. Overtime, this will create a healthy reef ecosystem increasing the fish and invertebrate diversity.
Headed by Marine Biologist Robyn Black, Reef Recharge is supporting the Coral Reef Monitoring Component of the Wetlands Conservation and Coral Reef Monitoring for Adaptation to Climate Change (WCCM) Project implemented by the Maldivian Ministry of Environment and Energy, designed to support adaptation and mitigation of climate change in the Maldives.
Robyn started SCUBA diving at the age of 13 and developed an early passion for marine life. As a student of Marine Biology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, her interest in marine conservation grew and she developed a particular interest in Nudibranchs (sea slugs). Robyn has spent 5 years in the Maldives as a Marine Biologist, working with artificial reef projects.
All photos on this website credited ©Reef Recharge are taken on local reefs and nearby dive sites and in the lagoon surrounding Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives. A few exceptions have been credited the appropriate sources.
Photographers: Robyn Black, Jack Willans, Peter Black & Jannicke C Hallum.