Exploring Addu Atoll’s Rich Biodiversity with Canareef Resort

Addu Nature Park - Hithadhoo, Maldives
Addu Nature Park – Hithadhoo | Image Credit: Visit Maldives

In a momentous achievement for environmental conservation, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared Addu Atoll and Fuvahmulah as biosphere reserves in 2021. This historic recognition places these regions alongside Baa Atoll, which was designated in 2011, as vital areas promoting sustainable development and biodiversity preservation in the Maldives.

Previously, Baa Atoll stood as the sole biosphere reserve in the Maldives, celebrated for its rich marine life, including the congregation of Manta Rays. With the addition of Addu and Fuvahmulah, the Maldives now proudly boasts three UNESCO biosphere reserves. These new additions are described as “learning places for sustainable development,” where the conservation of biodiversity is harmonized with its sustainable use.

Mathikilhi-Eco-Park-Hulhumeedhoo, Maldives
Mathikilhi Eco Park – Hulhumeedhoo | Image Credit: Visit Maldives

The Maldivian government nominated these regions in September 2019 to ensure the protection of their unique marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Protected status was granted to key eco-rich sites, such as ‘Kudakandu’ in Addu’s lagoon and several wetlands in Hithadhoo and Hulhudhoo, reinforcing the commitment to environmental stewardship.

Canareef Eco Park – Canareef Resort Maldives

Canareef Resort Maldives: A Haven of Biodiversity

At Canareef Resort Maldives, nestled within the captivating landscape of Addu Atoll, we take great pride in our role in this momentous achievement. As part of our resort’s remarkable features, Canareef boasts five freshwater and saltwater lakes, among them the expansive Canareef Eco Park. This serene sanctuary offers a nature trail and picturesque spots where guests can immerse themselves in birdwatching, fish observation, and the breathtaking beauty of nature. Additionally, our Kids Club is situated within the Eco Park, providing young explorers with the opportunity to engage with nature firsthand while learning about the intricate ecosystems that surround them.

Canareef Eco Park – Canareef Resort Maldives

Experience the Natural Wonders

White Tern – Native to Addu Atoll within Maldives | Photo by Travel Centre Maldives

Addu Atoll, situated at the southernmost tip of the Maldives, is renowned for its stunning ecosystems. The Eedhigali Kilhi, one of the largest wetlands in the country, attracts hundreds of migratory birds annually, including the Dhondheeni, or white tern bird, which is found mostly in the Addu region.

Nature Parks offer locals and tourists alike the opportunity to immerse themselves in these natural landscapes through boardwalks, canoeing points, walk trails, and snorkeling spots. These parks are designed to provide access while ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of the resources.

The Importance of Biosphere Reserves
Biosphere reserves encompass terrestrial, marine, and coastal ecosystems, divided into core areas, buffer zones, and transitional zones. These zones allow humans to coexist with nature, fostering learning, protection, and sustainability.

Join Us in Celebrating Biodiversity
As we commemorate International Day for Biological Diversity with the theme “Be part of the Plan,” Canareef Resort Maldives invites you to explore and appreciate the rich biodiversity of Addu Atoll. Our resort is committed to preserving this natural heritage and promoting ecofriendly tourism practices.

Discover the unparalleled beauty and biodiversity of the Maldives at Canareef Resort. Let’s work together to protect and cherish our natural world.