The 2016 mass bleaching created havoc on Maldivian coral reefs.  In shallow lagoonal areas, nearly all of the coral died, leaving vast expanses of eroding coral skeletons and rubble fields devoid of fish life.  These lagoonal areas were critically important because they:

  • provide nursery habitat for reef fishes and invertebrates
  • support fragile branching and foliaceous corals and sediment-tolerant corals that don't occur in other areas
  • are great snorkel sites as they are shallow, calm and easily accessible by visitors
  • offer a unique educational and conservation tool with up close viewing of fish, corals and other animals

creating educational snorkel trails

Aquabar Snorkel Trail

Swim along the trail

Located at Anantara Dhigu, South Male Atoll, Maldives in 2-3 m depth

Currently supports 46 species of corals, along with soft corals, anemones, giant clams and other invertebrates

​Rapidly colonized by fish: within one week 58 different species and over 1000 individuals!