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World Turtle Day 2024

23 May 2024

On the 23rd of May, we celebrate World Turtle Day, and there is no better place to do that than at Kuredu Resort Maldives. With an abundance of green sea turtles living just a few steps away from the resort’s villa‚Äôs, an encounter during your stay is close to guaranteed. Kuredu has the largest population of green sea turtles in the Maldives, often seen having a sea grass snack in our lagoon. Whether you’re a novice snorkeller or avid scuba diver, these turtles are an amazing sight to behold. Living up to 90 years, they are found in the warmer waters of the world and are a definite bucket list sighting.

On the northern side of Kuredu lies the very famous dive site called Kuredu Caves also affectionately known as our turtle airport. A guest favourite, this snorkel and dive site holds the possibility of seeing upwards of 10 green sea turtles on a single trip. The turtles take their afternoon naps in the caves, coming up to the surface every so often for air. Being able to hold their breath for up to 4 hours while sleeping, these creatures can rest in the caves before moving to the lagoon for food. On a good day, we might be able to see the smaller hawksbill turtle frequent these caves for a rest as well.

Named for the unique green fat under their shells, their diet of sea grass and algae give green sea turtles their colouring. Hawksbill turtles are easily identifiable by a reddish-brown shell, as well as their smaller size.

All species of turtles play a huge role in maintaining the health of our coral reefs. Eating the algae that could otherwise take over, they are look after and clean our reefs everyday. They are also responsible for creating clearings in the reef through feeding, which provides opportunities for coral growth, creating more biodiversity within the reef.

As we celebrate these ancient creatures, today and everyday, we strive to protect them and the reefs they call home.