The Baa Atoll was declared a World Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO) in 2011 and is situated 125 kilometres away from the capital island of the Maldives, Malé. It is considered one of the best places to dive to see coral and reef fish.
The Baa Atoll consists of three natural atolls, 75 islands where only 13 are inhabited and over 50 remain untouched by human beings. Those looking to stay at a luxury resort in Maldives in this atoll can consider options such as The Nautilus Maldives.
Baa Atoll Festival
Every year during the summer, the resorts here get together and host a 14-day festival that aims to showcase the best the atoll has to offer in terms of its marine life, beach activities, famous landmarks and local culture. It’s a great way to embrace all that you can do in the Maldives in one go.
Lush Marine Dives
The Baa Atoll is known for its rich coral system that includes the very rare pink hydrozoans. You can ask your resort to arrange for snorkelling or liveaboard dives. The variety of corals and reef fish that you are bound to see are vast; you’re likely to see powder blue surgeonfish, clown triggerfish, oriental sweetlips, spotted butterflyfish, parrotfish, stingrays and the star-eyed stonefish to name a few.
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
For a location to be declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve it must show advancements in the conservation of marine life and the promotion of sustainable underwater tourism. The atoll’s shallow waters contribute to its rich marine life and as such have made it a very popular tourist hotspot.
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