The Pirates of the Maldives: the torment of Raa
Blogs… most are written to give the world (the people that actually care to read them) a mundane update on someone’s life. This is not a blog but the saga of a savvy crew that sailed out to the infinite pelagic ocean in the quest to find an elusive underwater winged sea creature; this is the tale of the Pirates of the Maldives, the torment of Raa!
Hungry mantas, our first ever Oceanic & reaching the BIG 100!
This year is different for me for many reasons – firstly I began my time in Maldives in Thaa Atoll, setting up a brand new & exciting manta project with COMO by Maalifushi, to find manta & whale shark aggregation sites. Once this was established, I handed over the research to the amazing Tam Sawers & equally awesome newbie Maeesha Mohamed (our first ever female Maldivian employee!) and made the move south, back to my ‘home away from home’, Six Senses Laamu.
Success aboard the Blue Shark II
Getting the Measure of Our Gentle Giants
If you’ve ever had the good fortune to meet a manta ray in person, probably one of the first thoughts that crossed your mind was “wow, this thing is pretty big”. I know it was one of mine, possibly coming just moments after “MANTA RAYYYYYYYY!!!”. And as it turns out, ‘pretty big’ is a pretty apt description for a manta ray.
Plenty more fish in the sea?
Whale Shark Festival 2015
My time as a volunteer in Maldives
A Typical Day Exploring the Unexplored
Sitting 220 kms southwest of the capital Male’, Thaa atoll (locally known as ‘Kolhumadulu’) is remarkably unexplored with pristine coral reefs and abundant marine life. The mesmerizingly beautiful series of 66 tiny islands that make up Thaa Atoll are surrounded by spectacularly clear water with underwater wonders and beauty yet to be discovered.