Kuredu Maldives’ Sea Turtles
The reefs and lagoons of Kuredu are renowned sea turtle hotspots, with the largest community of green sea turtles in the Maldives residing at Kuredu Caves, an incredible diving and snorkelling site off the north of the island. All seven species of sea turtles in the world are classified as endangered so to have such a thriving population on our doorstep is incredible.
Of the 483 individual turtles known to Lhaviyani Atoll, 240 have been sighted around Kuredu, making it the best place in the atoll for turtle spotting. Even more astounding is the data specifically for green sea turtles, 815 individuals are known in the Maldives, and almost 25% of the whole country’s population are at home on the reefs of Kuredu!
To experience the thrill of seeing the turtles join a snorkel tour or dive boat to the famous Kuredu Caves, venture out to the lagoon where you can spot the turtles lunching on the seagrass meadows or explore the house reef, whichever you choose you will almost certainly spot turtles during your stay. To ensure your encounters with the turtles are responsible please follow the Olive Ridley Project’s Sea Turtle Code of Conduct.
Meet Dylana, Kuredu’s most frequently sighted turtle. She can be spotted at Kuredu’s house reef and in the lagoon, shes a juvenile and was first seen in February 2017, since then there have been 111 sightings with the most recent being April 2020. Almost every guest has met Dylana and had the pleasure of swimming next to her. She is very friendly and doesn’t mind it when snorkellers watch her grazing just few meters away from the beach. If all the attention should get too much, she just turns around and calmly swims away.
It is now possible to adopt one of Kuredu’s famous turtles find out more here.
Special thanks to Kristina, our resident marine biologist from the Olive Ridley Project for sharing her data with us.