Life on the Reef

Coral Reefs are abundant with colorful marine life; they provide many marine species with food and a place to shelter and live. Expect to see an array of marine creatures on your snorkel and dive excursions – more than a thousand species of fish and other underwater organisms inhabit the Maldivian waters!

Explore the Reef Recharge underwater gallery so you can recognize some of the most frequently encountered ones.


Coral

Coral  is the foundation of the reef; it is not a single animal but rather a colony of animals living together in a structure. Their …

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Sharks

The Maldives is home to many species of smaller sharks that can often be seen on the local reefs. The most common sharks sighted are …

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Turtles

Five species of Turtle can be sighted in the Maldives but the most common are Hawksbill Turtles and Green Turtles. Hawksbill Turtles are a small …

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Anemonefish – Nemo

Everybody wants to find Nemo! Anemonefish get their name from the Anemone they live in; these feisty fish are small but territorial. The Maldives even …

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Fusiliers

Fusiliers are almost neon colored and swim across the reef in huge shoals. They are easily identified and brighten up the reef when they swim …

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Moray Eels

Moray Eels are usually sighted hiding in holes with their heads poking out, very rarely are they spotted swimming freely across the reef. They appear …

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Unicorn Fish

The Unicorn Fish family has several different species in many sizes and colors. They can all be easily identified by the presence of a horn …

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Batfish

The curious Batfish is often spotted on the outer edge of Maldivian reefs. Batfish are often seen in small groups but can also be seen …

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Napoleon Wrasse

The Napoleon Wrasse is an enigmatic fish and a favorite of many people because of its amazing colors and size; males can reach lengths of …

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Tuna

Tuna was once the mainstay of the fishing industry in the Maldives. Even now the Maldives has the most sustainable Tuna fishery in the world. …

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