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Discover The Maldives’ Underwater Social Scene

September 17, 2018 Resort News No Comments Email Email

Voted one of this year’s Best Islands in the Word (Travel + Leisure), there are countless reasons to fall in love with the Maldives; while sugar-white sand and 5*star private villas await on-land, the real action lies under the surface. Be one of the first to visit the newly opened Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi and discover the island’s ‘manta cleaning stations,’ the bustling hubs of sea life.

Discover the Maldives’ Underwater Social Scene

Explore Fairmont’s Manta Cleaning Stations

Flush with over 250 species of the atoll’s marine life the new resort, opened in May 2018, is home to numerous snorkeling and diving spots, featuring hard and soft coral gardens, house reef and three of its very own ‘manta cleaning stations’ – where you are guaranteed to cross paths with the Maldives’ most coveted wild life.

These cleaning stations are the social scene of the ocean. As described by Fairmont’s very own Resident Marine Biologist, mantas, tropical fish and sharks spend hours every day having their skin, gills and teeth cleaned by smaller marine life, known as ‘cleaners’, and even wait in line for their turn! In a mutual relationship, Mantas get rid of dead skin and parasites, while the smaller ‘cleaner’ fish feed themselves.

Guests can take a first-hand look at the cleaning stations at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi with guided diving and snorkeling sessions, led by the resort’s in-house marine biologist. In a single dive, it’s possible to see at least two of these stations, all humming the Maldives’ native marine life. During guided tours guests will learn all about the atoll and the unique wild life co-existing within its waters from a seasoned expert.

In a further bid to help preserve and protect the marine life surrounding the resort, Fairmont Maldives is also home to the world’s first semi-submerged art installation – the Coralarium. This underwater exhibition creates a habitat for marine life, working as an artificial reef and giving nature a chance to thrive.

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