Maldives, no doubt one of the most gorgeous and exotic places on the planet is home to gorgeous beaches, white sands, crystal blue waters, waving green trees, and diverse animals . All these beauty add feathers in the beauty of Maldives, and make this tropical paradise famous. The country has a varied assortment of flora, animals, and corals that would fulfill any nature lover’s dreams.
The Maldives, an exquisite island chain flanked by the Indian Ocean, is naturally endowed with a diverse wildlife. The Maldives’ marine life and exotic animals have always been and continue to be the key draws for wildlife enthusiasts and visitors alike. When it comes to plant and animal life, the Maldives’ diverse nature provides plenty of fodder for discussion.
Coming back to the direct point, today through this blog we at Nitsa Holidays intend to draw your attention towards the exotic wildlife in Maldives, so that when you book your trip to the Maldives, through Nitsa Holidays, nature lovers must not be in a state of confusion about the sightseeing options available there.
For the nature lovers
The Maldives includes twenty-six atolls, and most of them support a complex ecology that supports a wide range of fauna, including shrews, endemic toads, flying foxes, geckos, birds, and lizards. The Baa Atoll has the highest concentration of animals; however, regions like Kuda Haa, Dhigali Haa, Lankan Thila, and Fiushee Kandu are also rich in species.
- Fruit Bats: Fruit Bats are a regular sight in the Maldives, and if you stay at a Maldives luxury resort, you are likely to see them. You can hear them scuffle around late at night when they emerge from their homes in search of food. During the day, you can observe them hanging from tree branches with their bag, webbed wings covering their heads. They are great photo subjects because of their adorable looks and perplexed expressions.
- Lizards and Geckos: Despite their small size, the Maldives’ natural resources are ideal for unique land based uncommon reptile species. The gecko and the Garden Lizard are the most prevalent reptiles, and you will see lizards darting around the resorts all the time. . The Agamid Lizard (calotes versicolor) and the Oriental Garden Lizard (calotes versicolor) are two colourful lizards that you will enjoy photographing. With a little luck, you might be able to spot the Lygosoma albopunctata, a skink species that is also an endemic to the Maldives.
- Sharks: Shark spotting is a thrilling experience, and reef sharks and nurse sharks are frequently seen amid the reefs. Seasonal whale shark gatherings are also popular in the Maldives, and lucky divers may even spot the rare hammerhead shark.
- Turtles: Sea turtles thrive in the Maldives due to the abundance of available saltwater. Turtles such as the Hawksbill Turtle and the Leatherback Turtle are common. There are various conservation organisations in the Maldives dedicated to protecting turtles; they accomplish this by conserving the calm seas – there is a turtle rescue centre that takes in wounded turtles and cares for them until they are well enough to return to their native habitats.
If you visit between June and November, you’ll have a better chance of seeing turtles, as this is when they lay their eggs, and you might even see baby turtles walking down into the water. So book your trip now with Nitsa Holidays to get the most out of it.
- Invertebrates: The Maldives are home to a wide range of invertebrates, many of which are little but intriguing. On land, you’ll come across a diverse range of creatures, from black widow spiders and centipedes to little hermit crabs patrolling the beaches. It’s just as diverse in the ocean, with starfish and urchins spread on the seafloor and jellyfish drifting away in the open seas.
- Fishes: The Maldives’ coral reefs are home to around 2,000 different fish species. You may get up close and personal with these colourful critters by snorkelling or diving. Parrotfish, Clownfish, Angelfish, Butterfly Fish, and Longnose Hawkfish are more commonly seen than Tilapia and Tuna. Make sure you bring a camera with you to record these incredible sights! The Baa and Raa Atolls are the major hotspots for these fish.
A special note from Nitsa Holidays, while you book your trip to Maldives from us, we would like to draw your attention towards the importance of Flora and Fauna in few lines. Flora and Fauna are one of the most important parts of an ecosystem; they not only provide you with the opportunity to capture the beauty of nature but also manage the proper functioning of the ecosystem of our mother Earth.