Snorkelling with sharks in the Maldives

When you consider it’s an island nation that is dangerously close to being swamped by rising seas, and that is even has the word “dive” in its name, then you should not be surprised that one of the big attractions there is to submerge yourself in water.

The Shark Safari Snorkel at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa brings guests up close and personal with one of the most valuable and vulnerable fish in the sea.

Just a 15-minute speedboat ride from Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, the waters around the island of Bandos are a playground for blacktip reef sharks, and it’s not uncommon to see up to eight at a time. Now, thanks to the new Shark Safari Snorkel, guests aged eight and over can join the Resort’s marine biologists on escorted snorkelling trips with these magnificent creatures.

But as scary as the notion may seem, there is a more serious side to the trip – to highlight the desperate plight of the ocean’s sharks. With 100 million killed each year for their fins, shark species worldwide are facing the very real threat of extinction. Eliminating sharks from our oceans would lead to an imbalance of other animals, threatening populations of the smallest creatures and resulting in catastrophic implications for the whole marine food chain. In 2009, the Republic of Maldives became the first nation in the region to impose a shark hunting ban within its waters, but the race is on: can mankind transform its irrational and devastating fear of these perfect predators into a will to preserve them, before it is too late?    

Kuda Huraa’s Shark Safari Snorkel departs from the main jetty every Monday and Friday at 2:30 pm, followed by an educational talk on the ecological importance of sharks, conducted by the Resort’s marine biologists at 6:00 pm in the library. Each trip is limited to a maximum of 12 guests.

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