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06 April, 2021

The Maldives is renowned for its rich marine biodiversity with magnificent coral reefs teeming with all manner of fish life and hypnotic creatures residing in the deep, blue waters.

What you may not realise however, is that we have a wonderfully diverse population of wildlife above the oceans as well. From elegant seabirds to tiny critters that scrabble across the sandy beaches, our islands are home to many interesting creatures.

Meet some of the creatures you may encounter at our resorts—under the water, on the beach, and in the trees!

Hermit Crabs

Hermit crabs are soft bodied crustaceans, which means they do not have their own shell. They utilise the colourful shells of dead gastropods in order to protect their delicate abdomens.

As they grow larger, they discard their little homes and find larger, more comfortable shells. Nonetheless, it is not always easy to find the perfect home, thus all the more reason for us to be considerate and avoid collecting shells from the ocean. Contrary to what their name may suggest, hermit crabs do enjoy the company of their crustacean friends!

Spot-Fin Porcupinefish

The Spot-fin Porcupinefish is one of several species of porcupinefish (also known as pufferfish) found in the Maldives. It has a long body, with a rounded head and large, protruding eyes.

When faced with danger, the Spot-fin Porcupinefish can inflate its body and raise its spines to intimidate predators. Like many other species of porcupinefish, its body contains a powerful toxin which is very dangerous if eaten.

Black-Naped Terns

Black-Naped Terns, also known as Kirudhooni in the local language of Dhivehi. These elegant birds feed mainly on fish, hunting by shallow plunge diving into the sea and skimming along the surface to catch their prey. They can often be spotted along the jetty of our Coco Residences, or nesting on nearby sandbanks.

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Hawksbill Turtles

Hawksbill turtles are one of 5 species of sea turtles found in the Maldives. They can be identified by their tapered heads and pointed beaks, hence the name hawksbill. They are most known for their stunning shell which is made up of a distinctive pattern of overlapping scales, giving them a serrated look along the edge.

Sadly, their beautiful shell is the main reason why Hawksbill turtles are now a critically endangered species- making it even more important to learn more about these amazing creatures and how we can protect them.

green turtle

Asian Koel

The Asian Koel, called Koveli in Dhivehi, is often heard before it is seen. Particularly during the breeding season, the males make a repetitive “koo-el” sound which gets progressively louder. A type of cuckoo, the Asian Koels are human-shy and live in the denser thickets of trees within the islands. Like many other cuckoos, the females lay eggs in the nests of other large birds, including crows. The males have a shiny black plumage with a blueish sheen, while the females are dark brown with spots of white. Adult Asian Koels have distinctive ruby red eyes.

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Two islands — Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu — comprise the Coco Collection brand.

Coco Bodu Hithi, the flagship property in Coco Collection’s portfolio, is a chic retreat where you reconnect with yourself, your loved ones and the wonder of the natural world. Translating island life into contemporary sophistication, the resort, which is accessible by a 40-minute speedboat ride from the main Velana International Airport, offers 100 villas that are surrounded by the calm view of the lagoon and the soothing sound of the waves, seven restaurants and bars that celebrate a variety of exquisite cuisines, and an award-winning wellness zone.

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Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is dedicated to the inspiring beauty and natural wonder of the Maldives. Here, environmentally-conscious touches are woven into luxurious natural surroundings and initiatives contribute to the environmental and social sustainability of Maldives.

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Coco Collection has two islands — Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu that make up the Coco Collection brand.

Luxurious and contemporary, with superb private pool villas and an idyllic overwater spa - Coco Bodu Hithi, the flagship property in Coco Collection’s portfolio, is a chic retreat where you reconnect with yourself, your loved ones and the wonder of the natural world. Translating island life into contemporary sophistication, the resort, which is accessible by a 40-minute speedboat ride from the main Velana International Airport, offers 100 villas that are surrounded by the calm view of the lagoon and the soothing sound of the waves. There are seven chic restaurants, two open air cocktail bars, extensive thatched overwater Coco Spa and a fitness center (with ocean views!). An uncrowded infinity swimming pool and a large selection of activities, including scuba diving and snorkeling in the lagoon. Despite all these facilities, guests - especially at night - tend to seek privacy in a private getaway, possibly with a bottle from Wine Loft. Read Full Review

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is a quiet place in the Maldives where you will find luxury, beauty and privacy at reasonable prices. The resort very well takes care of its environment and creates guests all for a 5-star beach experience in tropical paradise. Dhuni Kolhu is ahead of other hotels in its category by quality, design and amenities. This is a top class, but a simple, laid-back package of key Maldives elements - diving, snorkeling, beach, island and accommodation. Half a mile from tip to tip, a private island of medium size is populated with 98 villas. Snorkeling and scuba diving is awesome amd the guests can freely walk between two restaurants, SPA and sports grounds, using shady paths entwining the lush jungle. The removal of the island takes 30 minutes by seaplane from Male airport. Snorkeling and scuba diving is awesome and the resort offers a number of fun tours, but there is no pool on the island. Read Full Review

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