World Turtle Day, May 23, is an annually observed awareness day that aims to raise attention, knowledge and respect for turtles around the world. Here, in the Maldives, precious Sea Turtles are one of the frequently spotted residents of the underwater world.
Guests who enjoy snorkeling and diving around the lagoons often spot the 5 Sea Turtle species that are most prominent in the Maldives. Namely, the Green Sea Turtle, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead and Leatherback.
Although these have been spotted all around the various Atolls, the Lhaviyani Atoll is known as the hub for Green and Hawksbill Sea Turtles. So far, 170 Green Sea Turtles and 103 Hawksbill Turtles have been identified. Hawksbill Turtles are known to frequent Komandoo Island Resort & Spa’s House Reef, where 24 of the 103 identified in the atoll were spotted.
Kuredu Island Resort & Spa dedicated the day towards educational tours and the highlight of the day, the release of rehabilitated Sea Turtles with Dr. Stephanie Köhnk, the resident Sea Turtle Biologist and Olive Ridley Project team member.
Guests from 5-Star Hurawalhi Island Resort were also in attendance for the special occasion. Hurawalhi has aptly listed Turtle Snorkeling with Marine Biologist as one of their must-do Bucket List holiday experiences.
Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles have been spotted more in the Ari Atoll, were Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is located in the southern most part of the Atoll. The Resort, known for its fantastic House Reef and marine life, hosted an educational presentation with guidelines to observe when swimming with Sea Turtles, whether snorkeling or diving.
Meeru Island Resort & Spa recently introduced the Turtle Explorer Excursion, designed to bring you closer to these ancient creatures in a respectful and mindful way. Guests can explore two of the best reefs of North Male’ Atoll including Turtle Reef.
Crown & Champa Resorts across the Atoll are continuously providing guidelines, information and educational tours to raise awareness on our shelled friends. Most notably, the Resorts have made efforts towards protecting Sea Turtles together with organizations such as the Olive Ridley Project, Olive Ridley Project, Marine Savers, Prodivers Maldives, Ocean Group Maldives and Euro-Divers Maldives.
Read our 8 quick facts and trivia about Sea Turtles for more information.