SLOWLIFE Diaries

Keep up-to-date with posts and interesting facts from our resorts.

Bigmouth Strikes Again

  If you are a ‘bigmouth’ don’t be proud of yourself, unless… you’re in the ocean! Encountering mackerels is almost as exciting as encountering manta rays, partly because manta rays will follow shortly after. …

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Lights, Camera, Sustainability

As part of the environmental team based in house it is always nice to take a break from our laptops and sit outside for a while. This week we have been visited by a team from Wild Asia who managed to make us look windswept instead of disheveled. …

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A CoralLITE snack

  Butterflyfish (Chaetodontidae) have long since been used as bio-indicators by scientists to help determine the health of a coral reef system. The theory is that the healthier your coral colonies are the more corallivorous (coral eating) …

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Remarkable Reef Fish

It’s hard to know which of its unique characteristics makes the bi-colour parrotfish (Cetoscarus ocellatus cf. bicolour) so remarkable. It’s currently the season for juveniles on the reefs in Baa Atoll and we love seeing these bright …

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Manta Season Counts

I promised you more Manta posts and here is our second one. We will be keeping a running total of all our manta encounters, matches and happy guests for the season and updating you each month during Manta season. We have been spending a lot of …

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A Festival of Fish

If, like us, you missed Glastonbury this year and you are trying to think of another way to celebrate the arrival of summer in the Northern Hemisphere why not make like these Fiveband Surgeonfish (Acanthurus triostegus) and head to a tropical …

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Buddy Check

Imagine this, you need to do a survey of the coral reef on the other side of the island. So you pick a day and time. You double and triple check the weather and tides. You borrow a tricycle to move all your equipment. You load up the tanks, …

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Mr.Crabbies’ Coral Cousin

Mr.Crabbies’ bright cousin the red coral crab (Trapezia cymodoce) is usually hard to spot and photograph. Trapezia sp. like to hide themselves in between branches of Pocillopora sp. corals. These corals are normally darker in colour, but …

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Hanifaru High Five

Today was my first day of the June-November 2016 manta season in Hanifaru Bay here in Baa Atoll. To say I was excited would be a vast understatement. Hanifaru Bay has become known globally as one of the few places to have an encounter with large …

Read more

Eye Eye Sailor

The Sailor’s Eyeball, Bubble Algae, or Sea Pearl (Valonia ventricosa) is the largest single-celled algae in the world and one of the largest single-celled organisms on the planet. They can grow up to 5cm in diameter as just ONE cell. If you …

Read more

Bigmouth Strikes Again

  If you are a ‘bigmouth’ don’t be proud of yourself, unless… you’re in the ocean! Encountering mackerels is almost as exciting as encountering manta rays, partly because manta rays will follow shortly after. …

Read more

Lights, Camera, Sustainability

As part of the environmental team based in house it is always nice to take a break from our laptops and sit outside for a while. This week we have been visited by a team from Wild Asia who managed to make us look windswept instead of disheveled. …

Read more

A CoralLITE snack

  Butterflyfish (Chaetodontidae) have long since been used as bio-indicators by scientists to help determine the health of a coral reef system. The theory is that the healthier your coral colonies are the more corallivorous (coral eating) …

Read more

Remarkable Reef Fish

It’s hard to know which of its unique characteristics makes the bi-colour parrotfish (Cetoscarus ocellatus cf. bicolour) so remarkable. It’s currently the season for juveniles on the reefs in Baa Atoll and we love seeing these bright …

Read more

Manta Season Counts

I promised you more Manta posts and here is our second one. We will be keeping a running total of all our manta encounters, matches and happy guests for the season and updating you each month during Manta season. We have been spending a lot of …

Read more

A Festival of Fish

If, like us, you missed Glastonbury this year and you are trying to think of another way to celebrate the arrival of summer in the Northern Hemisphere why not make like these Fiveband Surgeonfish (Acanthurus triostegus) and head to a tropical …

Read more

Buddy Check

Imagine this, you need to do a survey of the coral reef on the other side of the island. So you pick a day and time. You double and triple check the weather and tides. You borrow a tricycle to move all your equipment. You load up the tanks, …

Read more

Mr.Crabbies’ Coral Cousin

Mr.Crabbies’ bright cousin the red coral crab (Trapezia cymodoce) is usually hard to spot and photograph. Trapezia sp. like to hide themselves in between branches of Pocillopora sp. corals. These corals are normally darker in colour, but …

Read more

Hanifaru High Five

Today was my first day of the June-November 2016 manta season in Hanifaru Bay here in Baa Atoll. To say I was excited would be a vast understatement. Hanifaru Bay has become known globally as one of the few places to have an encounter with large …

Read more

Eye Eye Sailor

The Sailor’s Eyeball, Bubble Algae, or Sea Pearl (Valonia ventricosa) is the largest single-celled algae in the world and one of the largest single-celled organisms on the planet. They can grow up to 5cm in diameter as just ONE cell. If you …

Read more