Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas has launched ‘Wonders of Kihavah,’ a pioneering research-based publication that reveals the stunning beauty and rich biodiversity of its award-winning house reef.
This initiative marks the first time a Maldivian resort has embarked on such a comprehensive reef assessment and scientific research-based study.
The publication, a blend of rigorous scientific analysis, captivating storytelling, and mesmerizing visuals, spotlights the pristine marine ecosystem of Anantara Kihavah. The house reef was recently honored as the Best House Reef in the Maldives at the 2023 Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Southeast Asia.
The research was spearheaded by Dr. Selina Ward from the Australian Marine Conservation Society, with contributions from renowned fish and coral experts, Dr. Storm Martin and Dr. Hannah Markham. Their collective expertise, drawn from extensive work on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, underscores the importance of marine conservation, especially in the face of global warming.
Dr. Ward emphasized the urgency of reducing carbon emissions to preserve coral reefs. She highlighted innovative restoration techniques and stressed the significance of addressing threats like overfishing and destructive fishing practices.
The study boasts some remarkable discoveries, including the documentation of a staggering 300 fish species on Anantara Kihavah’s house reef. This rich biodiversity underscores its reputation as a premier snorkeling destination. Additionally, the resort’s SEA Underwater Restaurant offers diners a unique view of up to 160 fish species in a single day, making it a must-visit for both divers and non-divers.
The publication also showcases the reef’s famed Yellow Wall, a diver’s delight, and highlights the myriad diving opportunities in the Baa Atoll, including the unforgettable experience of swimming with manta rays in Hanifaru Bay.
‘Wonders of Kihavah’ serves as a clarion call for marine conservation, aiming to inspire future conservationists and emphasize the importance of safeguarding reefs worldwide.
Anantara Kihavah offers a complimentary digital version of the publication on their website. Physical copies are exclusively available for guests during their stay, with purchasable copies contributing to Anantara’s ‘Dollar for Deeds’ program, supporting marine conservation, environmental education, and community welfare.
For those eager to experience the magic firsthand, villas at Anantara Kihavah start from USD 1,700++ per night, inclusive of breakfast and lunch.