Flora & Fauna

The Maldives is embellished and ornamented with some of the most diverse flora and fauna found in the world. Uniquely the marine flora and fauna originating in the Maldives is peerless.

The Maldives boasts one of the most disparate underwater sceneries on earth. Gardens of coral reefs resemble a work of art that has mesmerised scuba divers from around the world. The open sea and reefs are inhabited by over 2000 species of colourful fish of various proportions.

The skylines of most of the Islands are highlighted by the coconut palm tree, which is also the national tree. The shorelines of the islands are covered by variety of grass, sedge, shrubs and trees. The tallest tree found in the Maldives is the banyan tree.

Terrestrial animals and birds are limited in the Maldives, due to the tropical nature of the country. However, a rich collection of marine birds calls Maldives home. Over 160 species of birds have been recorded in the Maldives.