Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas releases book on the island’s coral reef ecosystem

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is launching the Wonders of Kihavah, a publication that took two years of extensive research and studies which unveils the beauty and rich biodiversity of the island’s renowned house reef.

The publication combines a scientific approach, and uses narrative and visuals to showcase the underwater world of Anantara Kihavah’s marine ecosystem.

The Wonders of Kihavah publication showcases the underwater world of Anantara Kihavah’s marine ecosystem

By showcasing the beauty and fragility of Anantara Kihavah’s house reef, Wonders of Kihavah aims to inspire budding conservationists and serve as an inspiration for ongoing marine conservation efforts, emphasising the need to protect the wonders of Kihavah and other reefs around the world for generations to come.

This is the first time a resort in the Maldives has undertaken such an extensive reef assessment and scientific research-based study. Led by Australian Marine Conservation Society’s director, Selina Ward, alongside fish and coral experts, Storm Martin and Hannah Markham – all who have conducted extensive research work on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – they worked on the book to highlight the array of Kivavah’s marine life, the delicate equilibrium of the reef, and the urgent need for marine conservation efforts, especially in the age of global warming.

The study also found 300 fish species on Anantara Kihavah’s house reef, proving its status as the best for snorkelling, where guests can encounter different species every time they enter the water. A comprehensive fish index, indicating the areas around the island where these species are found, was also included in the research.

Furthermore, the publication features the reef’s renowned Yellow Wall, a major attraction for divers and a contributing factor in making the reef a sought-after destination for diving enthusiasts in the region. Beyond the resort’s shores, the Baa Atoll offers countless dive sites, as well as the chance to swim with manta rays in Hanifaru Bay.

A complimentary e-version of Wonders of Kihavah is available for download on Anantara Kihavah’s website – physical copies are exclusively provided for guests during their villa stay. Take-home copies are available for purchase at the resort, with a portion of the proceeds allocated to Anantara’s Dollar for Deeds programme, with the resort matching each donation to support marine and coastal protection, environmental education, and community welfare.

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