Discover Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

28th June 2022

With its deep blue waters and glorious sandy beaches, the Maldives is an idyllic escape that lends itself to everything from peaceful couples’ escapes to action-packed family adventures. But as well as being a destination for sunseekers across the world, the archipelago is an incredible example of biodiversity, boasting 5% of the world’s total reef area, 250 species of coral, and over 1,000 species of fish.


Beneath the surface

As a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Baa Atoll is renowned for its high level of biodiversity. The atoll is home to one of the largest coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, which in turn supports thousands of different species, including fish, manta rays, marine turtles, whale sharks and seabirds. Many of these species are endangered, which makes protecting this habitat even more vital.

Our very own Royal Island sits proudly in this atoll, which makes us even more determined to care for it.

Whale sharks in Baa Atoll, the Maldives

Doing our bit

We’re proud of our fantastic location, which is why we’re set on looking after it. We host regular beach and ocean clean-ups to prevent pollution from our resort. We also have our own water treatment facility and use glass bottles to reduce the amount of single-use plastic at the resort and on all excursions. On top of all of this, the DiveOceanus team carries out regular reef maintenance to give this bustling ecosystem a helping hand.

By striving to leave only footprints behind, we help to protect this fabulously diverse habitat and protect it for years to come. Our recent Green Key eco-label award highlights the resort’s dedication to its environmental responsibility and conservation practices.

Explore for yourself

The experienced Royal Island marine team are always on hand to share their knowledge about this fascinating area and to help you to explore the turquoise waters that surround our resort. As one of the best places to see manta rays up close, nearby Hanifaru Bay is a must-visit when staying with us at Royal Island.

All of our excursions to Hanifaru Bay are coordinated with the bay’s rangers who regulate the area. Diving is prohibited in the bay to conserve marine life, but the shallow water is perfect for snorkeling with the manta rays.

To find out more about underwater excursions at Royal Island, click here.