Maldives: This all-female team is working to protect manta rays

Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives (CNN) — As Beth Faulkner bobbed up and down in the Maldives’ Hanifaru Bay, she did some quick mental math. “There’s probably about 100,” she said in reference to the number of reef manta rays swimming just below her. “Usually it’s about 50 to 60.” “They have no sting, no teeth, nothing […]

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How a centuries-old tradition in the Maldives could safeguard tuna for the future

(CNN) — A group of Maldivian fishermen lines up at the back of a boat. As they cast their fishing rods and barbless hooks into the water, they lure in fish by throwing tiny baitfish on the surface. The trick is to create an illusion of prey for the tuna. This method is called pole […]

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Zoona Naseem believes diving is the key to protecting coral in the Maldives

(CNN) — Zoona Naseem led nine children, some as young as eight years old, out towards the open waters of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, rattling off a list of reminders: switch to regulators, inflate buoyancy control devices, adjust the masks. “If you have any problems with your ears, we are not going to […]

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Maldives’ best restaurants: Where to get the finest tables in paradise

The Maldives (CNN) — Set in the impossibly turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the islands of the Maldives have become a luxury vacation destination with few equals. But in between snorkeling the reefs, topping up your tan and generally taking the word “relaxation” to new heights, there’s the key question of what to […]

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Maldives lifts all restrictions for visitors

(CNN) — The Maldives is reopening to all visitors next month with no restrictions. A spokesperson for the tourism board has confirmed the Indian Ocean destination will welcome back tourists of all nationalities in July. While a previous draft proposal indicated travelers would need to present a medical certificate confirming proof of a negative Covid-19 […]

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