The Slowlife Diaries

Through the Captain's Eyes

A Maldivian Liveaboard Experience of a Lifetime

The pure white sails of Soneva in Aqua unfurl to catch the winds that skim the surface of the Indian Ocean. Sail to jewel-like atolls that are home to vibrant marine life and coral reefs, the majestic manta ray and the elusive whale shark. Visit …

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A Day in the Life – Grant Ruffel

Captain of Soneva in Aqua Grant has been captaining boats of all kinds in a multitude of places around the globe for more than two decades. After being in charge of one of the first electrically propelled super yachts in excess of 100t, he …

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Creature of Many Talents

Today I’m going to introduce you to another of the many charismatic creatures that can be spotted around our jetty. This time it is the Squid! Squid, like the Octopus, are Cephalopods. This means that they are soft-bodied, with only a …

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Look at What the Tide Brought In: Comb Jellies!

Don’t ever trust a marine biologist when they tell you what their favourite sea creature is, because it’s guaranteed to be something else the next day. Today, my favourite creature is the weird and wonderful comb jellyfish. Depending …

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A Suprise Visit at Soneva Jani

As we all know, one of the highlights of Soneva Fushi (at least for us Water Babies) is the spectacular trip to Hanifaru Bay where you have the chance to encounter upwards of 50 Mantas’ in the bay. We have, however, been lucky enough at Soneva …

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Mantas Are Back

And here it has arrived, my favorite time of the year, when Manta Rays come back to visit us in Baa Atoll. One of our first encounters has been with Racheebabes a female manta ray with a small damage on left pectoral fin. We didn’t manage …

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Cute but Deadly

The Yellow Boxfish (Ostracion cubicus) is a well-loved fish for its cute looks and bright appealing colouration. A small fish, reaching a maximum size of about 45cm, it’s body is comprised of a hard external skin, which is formed by many fused …

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The Never Ending Story of my Favourite Fish

As you know I have a long list of favourite fish and other creatures, Bannerfish are amongst them. Schooling Bannerfish, Heniochus diphreutes, are somehow magical because they hang around in groups – as told by their common name- , often …

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Mobula Rays – New Neighbours

Photo credits Alicia Warner Although we have been speaking in the past about Mobula Rays, something special has been happening in the past 3 weeks here at Soneva Fushi. I was on holiday when I received a message from Dayanne, “I have seen …

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Shark or Ray?

Here’s one interesting creature which has taken a liking to our lagoon. The Guitar Fish, or otherwise known as the Guitar Shark. The Guitarfishes scientific name is ‘Rhinobatis,’ which derived from the words ‘Rhinos’ meaning nose and ‘Batis’ …

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