Water, water everywhere
One of the first resorts to open in the Maldives in 1973, Baros continues to progress in setting the benchmark for a romantic, luxury holiday with genuine, heartfelt Maldivian hospitality. Just 25 minutes by speedboat from the Maldives International Airport, this Maldivian-owned lushly landscaped, private tropical island of 75 secluded villas, either beachside under coconut palms or built over the lagoon, is ringed by white sand beaches and designed for romance. The island features three gourmet restaurants, two bars and an outstanding spa. It is surrounded by a beautiful reef, only 15 to 30 meters from the shore, alive with colors, fish, turtles, rays and coral. Baros remains a pioneer in conservation in the Maldives and guests can share in the effort, even effortlessly.
This resort is offers a trove of unique water experiences for the sophisticated traveler – from Maldivian hand line fishing and sailing aboard a traditional Maldivian Dhoni to glass bottom canoeing and Glow-in-the-Dark Snorkeling.
Baros’ 19-foot traditional Maldivian sailing Dhoni can be chartered for full or half day trips, inclusive of full crew, for a romantic sunset cruise, private big game fishing excursion to learn the traditional Maldivian fishing method of trolling for tuna and jack fish using a hand line or simply to observe the region’s 20+ varieties of whales and dolphins. At the resort, a glass bottom canoe is perfect for admiring the vibrant underwater sea life.
After the sun sets, participants armed with powerful underwater flashlights can venture to the resort’s house reef to witness nocturnal sea creatures who’ve come out of their daytime hiding places. Furthermore, during Baros’ Glow-in-the-Dark Snorkeling experience, guests armed with special blue torches can discover a hidden world of fluorescence among the reef corals and fish. A reflected light illuminates strong yellow, green and red neon colors of the indigenous underwater life.
Here are two incredible marine conservation offerings from the eco-friendly resort: The five-star luxury resort has taken a proactive approach in luring guests beyond the beach with its Manta Ray and Coral Reef Rehabilitation programs. Working alongside the resort’s Marine and Diving Center, Baros Maldives encourages its guests to not only embrace and enjoy the lush tropical paradise but to also give back to the underwater creatures that make it such a natural beauty.
Manta Ray Surveying & Adoption System: Baros Maldives’ Manta Ray program invites guests to photograph the underwater gentle giants at the resort and then follow along on their migration even when they return home. A diver who photographs a Manta Ray not seen before is offered the opportunity to give it a name and adopt it whereby the diver can receive regular reports on the Manta’s whereabouts and habits. Guests who re-visit the resort have a good chance to have a reunion with a Manta Ray they have seen on their dives in previous years. From May to November and from January to April, when sightings are frequent, are the best times for guest divers to join the resort’s Manta Ray survey.
The second offering is the Coral Reef Rehabilitation Program where guests are also able to aid in a coral conservation initiative by sponsoring a coral frame through Baros Maldives’ Reef Rehabilitation Program. In addition to sponsoring a frame, guests learn about the coral propagation process and are escorted in a swim to the house reef, where they collect broken coral fragments and reattach them to specially designed structures. These provide a stable substrate elevated from the sandy seafloor. The coral frames not only give artificial reef-structure corals a chance to grow, but also creates new homes for various marine animals. Additionally, the Baros Maldives marine biologists keep participants up-to- date by e-mail every six months about the growth of the corals as they develop on the table. structure corals a chance to grow, but also creates new homes for various marine animals. Additionally, the Baros Maldives marine biologists keep participants up-to- date by e-mail every six months about the growth of the corals as they develop on the table.
The Maldives are one of the best places to surround yourself with water and reconnect with the essence of this powerful liquid.