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Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Introduces Whale Shark Encounter

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Raffles Maldives Meradhoo invites marine-life enthusiasts to marvel at the sight of the whale shark in the reefs of the Gaafu Alifu Atoll.

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo invites marine-life enthusiasts to marvel at the sight of the whale shark in the healthy reefs of Gaafu Alifu Atoll. The new experience will take guests out on a traditional Dhoni across the warm Indian Ocean. And they will meet the magnificent spotted sharks which are up to 12 metres in length.

Guests can embark on this bespoke journey and expect to encounter up to three whale sharks; the largest fish in the world. The Raffles marine-life biologist will be on-hand to equant guests with the incredible creatures. Moreover, the biologist will identity passing sea life, including; turtles, dolphins, and manta rays, all rich in the vast expanse of ocean.

Image: Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo has been welcoming travellers in search of true tranquillity and complete escapism since its opening in 2019. The luxury resort offers access to some of the most pristine reefs in the Maldives. A Marine Butler is available to every guest and will happily lead snorkelling tours of the resort’s two remarkable and endlessly fascinating house reefs.

Gaafu Alifu atoll is one of the world’s largest and deepest atolls and the astoundingly clear, blissfully warm waters immediately surrounding the Raffles resort teem with a kaleidoscope of colourful fish.

About Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is a hidden gem located in the pristine Gaafu Alifu Atoll. The resort features a main island and an overwater island. The main private island is home to 22 villas, including Raffles Residences, Beach Villas and Deluxe Beach Villas. Additionally, this island is also the home to the overwater Raffles Spa, the main pool, and a soft white sand beach.

Also read: Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Unveils its Royal Residence

Meanwhile, the overwater Island experience, located a few short minutes away by boat, offers a collection of vast overwater villas and residences. There is also a sophisticated Nikkei restaurant Yuzu and sunset-facing Yapa pool bar. So, together these two private islands offer two distinctive experiences, bound together by Raffles’ legendary service.

The Whale Shark Encounter at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is available to book from January 2021 and is USD 500++ per person (rate is subject to 10% service charge and 12% government taxes). Likewise, the two-hour encounter starts in the evening and includes an extensive array of canapés and beverages.

Feature image by Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

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Guinness World Record Holder Nathaniel Alapide Creates Stunning Sand Art Drawing at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Dubai-based and renowned sand artist Nathaniel Alapide astounded guests with his latest masterpiece created at the breathtaking Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. Alapide holds the Guinness World Record for creating the largest sand image. Additionally, he also earns recognition for crafting intricate and mesmerizing sand art creations. This time, Alapide has chosen the pristine shores of Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. His latest collaboration took place at the resort on the 12th of April in celebration of Eid Al Fitr. 

Nathaniel Alapide and His Work

Prior to his visit, Alapide has brought to life an awe-inspiring piece of art. The piece showcased his exceptional talent and creativity to various Sun Siyam Resorts. This was done in celebration of Easter as well, with the expansive beach of the resort serving as his canvas.

Alapide meticulously crafted his sand art, incorporating elements of local culture, marine life, and the serene ambiance of the island. Utilizing only his hands and simple tools, Alapide’s deft touch transformed the grains of sand into a breathtaking visual spectacle.

Working at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi has been an incredible experience. The natural beauty of The Maldives served as the perfect inspiration for my artwork. I am honoured to have had the opportunity to share my passion with guests from around the world, says Nathaniel Alapide.

Alapide’s creation at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi transcended the boundaries of traditional art forms. His artwork embodied the ephemeral beauty and harmony of nature. The intricate details and sheer scale of the sand art left onlookers in awe. Alpadine’s artwork truly captured the essence of the Maldives’ enchanting allure.

We are thrilled to have had Nathaniel Alapide create one of his magnificent sand art pieces at our resort. His ability to capture the essence of the Maldives in his artwork is truly remarkable and aligns perfectly with our commitment to providing unforgettable experiences for our guests says Abdulla Atham – Resort Manager.
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