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UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve

HUB, Home of the Under-water Biosphere


Nowhere on earth is the sea as captivating as it is here, lapping at the shores of
Finolhu. The breathtaking waters of the Indian Ocean surrounding this pristine island
offer endless opportunities to discover and explore a magnificent underwater world
that lies beneath the glittering surface. This environment is so rich in marine life that
the area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011, largely due to the
population of majestic Manta Rays that visit Hanifaru during the southwest monsoon
(usually between June and October).

HUB is the epicenter for a wide selection of water-based activities including remarkable
Excursions, an incredible Marine Biology program, adrenaline-fueled Watersports at
Thunderball, dazzling Diving, otherworldly Free Diving (Apnea) and private Boat Charters
enabling you to enjoy the endless shades of blue around Finolhu. HUB comprises a water
focused Retail shop alongside expert Underwater Video & Photography services, so that
you may take your perfect aquatic holiday memories back home with you. Whether you
prefer to stay above the waterline or plunge into the deep blue, we offer a range of
facilities and excursions under a collective roof for your convenience.

Each and every one of our marine related pursuits has been verified and approved by our
resident Marine Biologist, helping to ensure that we protect and preserve this fragile
environment for years to come. What’s more, our experienced Marine Biology team has
crafted a series of tailored experiences allowing you to participate in a number of
unique and rewarding conservation projects. Combining knowledge and understanding
with a hands-on approach, these activities make way for a richer and more fulfilling
experience.

Further details can be found on the following pages under Marine Biology.
 

 

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