I am Maura, the new Assistant Marine Biologist here at Soneva Fushi. I am very excited and happy to be able to call this beautiful island my home and grateful to call this amazing team my family.
Originally from Oklahoma, USA, I grew up without even knowing what the ocean was, much less the inspiring life it encompasses. When I was 19 years old, I studied abroad in Australia and was introduced to the ocean for the first time by diving on the Great Barrier Reef. It was love at first site. I knew from that moment on my passion was the marine world. Straight after university, I moved to Mexico and worked with a coral reef conservation program for two years. Since then I have achieved a Masters degree in Marine Sciences and am excited to continue my career by working with Soneva.
My first week here at Soneva has been heaven on Earth. The island is absolutely stunning, the people are already like family and the water is the bluest blue I have ever seen. During my first snorkel on the house reef I saw sharks, eels, octopuses, turtles and the largest variety of fish than ever before. I get very excited every time I see a new reef or new life growing on the reefs of the Baa Atoll. I hope that over the course of my time with Soneva Fushi I can see the physical change and improvements to the local reefs.
I am proud to be a part of the Soneva family mainly because of their sustainability values and standards. At Soneva Fushi we recycle 90% of our waste, grow our own herbs, vegetables and mushrooms, and the charitable impact we make locally as well as around the world by providing clean drinking water (without the use of plastic) and stoves (that use less fire wood and produce less toxic smoke) is absolutely outstanding.
No news, No shoes … this is the way of life, and I am so happy to be home at Soneva Fushi.
Hope to see you in the water,
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