Open for education. Every single day.
All guests of Baros Maldives are invited to meet our on-site marine biologists to get first-hand information about the currents, tides, marine life and interesting places to see around Baros, even before getting into the water. The Marine Centre offers complimentary snorkelling gear and is open for informal discussions about environmental topics in a relaxed tropical atmosphere, every day between 09.00 and 18.00. Guests may visit the Marine Centre at any time during their holiday to discuss fish and invertebrates seen, and to learn how to identify our resident sea turtles.
All our snorkelling excursions are guided by one of our resident marine biologists. We give a briefing beforehand which, depending on the excursion, may take between a few minutes and half an hour. The House Reef Tour offers the most extensive introduction about the expected marine animals and their biology. We try to keep our snorkelling groups small, in order to concentrate on each snorkeller’s experience. Even in the water, there is an opportunity to ask questions as soon as they arise, and all participants are welcome to discuss the animals encountered during the trip, upon returning to the Marine Centre.
Education through photography
Everyone can recall moments of seeing a particular fish, but being unable to identify it because the diversity in the Maldives is simply too large to remember. Underwater photography enables us to save such moments on camera and discuss them after the snorkelling excursion at the Marine Centre. As an extra service, we take photographs during all our trips and our guests have the option of purchasing them saved on an elegant Baros Maldives USB pen drive.
Hands-on experience at Baros
In the Maldives guests are usually advised never to touch anything in the water, which is important in order not to impact the fragile marine life in any way. However, under the guidance of our on-site marine biologists, guests can gain hands-on experience in what it means to work with living hard corals. Whenever coral breaks – be it due to inexperienced snorkellers or divers, or even more often Triggerfish that bite coral branches off just to get their food out of a colony – we try to save as many fragments as possible by re-transplanting living corals to a safe area where they can grow. At Baros, guests can learn about “coral propagation”, a method of transplantation that takes advantage of the non-sexual reproduction of corals, and actually transplant some fragments. Learn more about the programme here.
Marine Educational Presentations
For environment enthusiasts, Baros offers complimentary weekly 60-minute educational presentations. During this talk, to which all our guests are invited to learn about the formation of the Atolls and islands of the Maldives, the terrestrial fauna and flora, about the coral’s biology and the dangers to reefs, as well as about the various animal families likely to be encountered during snorkelling and SCUBA diving. We are open for questions and discussions about the Maldivian environment.
Baros Nature Walk
In the Maldives the majority of interesting biological life is happening under the water’s surface. However, we should not forget about the organisms that have provided food and shelter for Maldivians ever since they settled on these little islands: the plants. Twice a week, guests are invited to join a complimentary educational walk around Baros. Starting in the Maldivian Lounge, our biologist explains about the importance of the Coconut Palm to the country, before guiding a botanical tour around the island. Edible plants, and those used for medicinal or ornamental purpose, are some to be discovered during the walk. The Nature Walk is a good chance to discuss and learn about the Maldivian environment.