Those intrigued by the underwater world inspired by new BBC wildlife series Seven Continents One Planet, airing this month, can experience the abundant wildlife of the Maldives in a new way at Joali, celebrating its first anniversary this month.
Glass-bottomed kayaks will provide a window into the ocean below and its reefs which are home to a rainbow of butterfly fish, parrotfish and triggerfish as well as sea turtles, Manta rays and even reef sharks.
Located on the remote island of Muravandhoo in the northern Raa Atoll, Joali is a sustainable castaway paradise surrounded by uninhabited islands, while just 45 minutes from Male by seaplane. 73 beach and overwater villas each display their own pieces of nature-inspired immersive art while food in the four excellent international-inspired restaurants uses produce grown on-site to reduce carbon emissions, plastic use is minimal and recycled and amenities are sealife friendly.
Underwater adventurers can also make their mark in protecting the oceans by going out diving with the resident marine biologist to volunteer in rehabilitation programmes on the house reef and coral nursery or help plant life-giving seagrass. While those interested in going further afield can take a wildlife safari in a private speedboat through uninhabited lagoons.
Joali Maldives has villas from $2,190 (approx. £1,806) per night based on two sharing a Beach Villa with Pool on a B&B basis.