Naw recently came back from exploring the renowned Mirihi Resort which is surrounded by a famous 6km coral reef, one of the largest in Maldives. We loved the concept and enjoyed the vision that Mirihi is trying to portray, 1st rule "No TVs", 2nd rule "No pools", these missing amenities created a deeper connection between us and our surroundings, which is exactly the point of disconnecting and relaxation, and mind you this is a 5 star highly rated resort. Anyway, back to the most important part, marine life and our encounters. Most notable are Manta Rays, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Turtles, and few Lion Fish. Reef sharks were a common sight, and the reef there is still sustaining marine life, why that surprises us is exactly the point of our trip, which is "coral bleaching". Coral bleaching has plagued a lot if not all of the Maldives, and that's due to a change in water temperatures as reported by biologists. Though Mirihi staff members claim that they are one of the least affected, that we can't be sure of. The reef looked pale and grey, still supporting marine life, yet this same pale color extends down to 6 - 8 meters on the warmer side of the island. Free-Diving down to 18 meters and enjoying the fore-reef slope from the ocean floor is definitely a better experience, as the colder waters have preserved the colors found in healthy reefs. While we enjoyed our trip, we can't but feel sad in our hearts to witness 6km of coral reef, bleaching and fading away into a pale shadow of grey, colorless, like a city struck by a nuclear bomb, nothing is left behind except destruction. Older generations who traveled to the Maldives, have mentioned the colorful beautiful reefs that they witnessed underwater, like one can imagine, a box full of colorful jewels. This is our 3rd trip to the Maldives, and unfortunately, the the Maldives isn't the what it used to be, the shallow colorful reefs have faded, and we might never witness what our fathers and grandfathers have witnessed, except at deeper depths and with a proper torch. The unfortunate question is, what will we leave for our children and grandchildren, a pile of rocks? plastics filled beaches? Confined endangered marine mammals? All of the above.. Let's strive for a better future, not for us, but for our grandchildren, because that's how long it would take to start reversing the damage done by greed.
As part of the Naw initiative we were honored to represent the Arabian Gulf's modernized historical connection with the Ocean in the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator advertisement.
We have enjoyed working with Lincoln, the filming crew, and especially the director @robchiufilm.
It took hard work, lots of dives and some sinus issues, but the result was worth it.
Naw Expedition 15-05-2015
We are proud to be a part of Volvo's campaign in fighting plastics. Fighting plastic litter and marine waste in general is part of Naw's DNA and one of the reasons Naw was created. Lets make this dream true, lets turn the tide on plastic.
Naw is back from a wonderful island that has been recently opened to the public. The main purpose of this trip was to explore a virgin island that hasn't been polluted by humans yet. Unfortunately we have found that the reef surrounding the project was unhealthy at the time of our visit (February 9, 2018) and in a recovering state due to construction. So, although this is a virgin island, construction has taken a negative toll on the reef surrounding it. It may take another 5 - 10 years for the reef to grow again.
Naw Expedition 08-05-2015
One Vision, One Ocean, One Community. #nawsters
This is the game changer step in uniting Ocean lovers and Enviromentalists alike in one community.
We have opened up our Slack Naw community to our subscribers and supporters.
You can now join the Naw community through Slack, it doesn't matter wether you're on your web browser or smartphone, Slack works on any web browser, and both iOS and Android using the Slack app.
Slack is a chat-like workspace which leverages the flexibility we need to make this happen, share our announcements, events, and bring together the Naw community in one place through one vision, which is a cleaner, environmental, more sustainable Ocean.
To join please subscribe to "Join the movement" here
(الأربعاء، ١١ أكتوبر، ٢٠١٧)
نود أن نشكر القيادة العامة لشرطة دبي - قسم الإنقاذ البحري بدعوتنا البارحة الساعة الثامنة صباحا لحضور مبادرة البيئية البحرية (لتكن بيئتنا البحرية نظيفة). فعاليات المبادرة كانت عبارة عن تطوعات من غواصين من جميع أنحاء الدولة لتنظيف ميناء الحمرية بدبي، وبحمدلله تم إنتشال المخلفات من الميناء بنجاح، و تم تسليم جوائز و شهادات للمتطوعين لمكفأتهم على جهودهم الطيبة. نتمنى أن تكون بلدنا نظيفة دائما في البر و البحر، ونود أن تستمر هذه المبادرات في المستقبل، نحن متفائلون بتطور وضع البيئة البحرية بدبي لسبب واحد، وهو توفر هذه المبادرات الطيبة من المنظمين و المتطوعين الذين قاموا بأداء واجبهم تجاه هذه الأرض الطيبة. ونود أن نوجه شكر خاص للمقدم علي عبدالله القصيب النقبي أولا بتنظيم هذه المبادرة و جهوده في نجاحها و ثانيا بدعوتنا و ترحيبنا فيها. 🇦🇪
(Wednesday, 11th of October, 2017)
We would like to thank Dubai Police - Marine Rescue division for inviting us to the Marine Enviromental Intiative (Let our marine environment be clean) yesterday, at 8:00am Dubai Time. The intiative took place at "Al Hamriyah" port and included diving volunteers from around the country who were given the task of cleaning up the port. The volunteers successfully cleaned up the bottom of the port and extracted a lot of trash. Prizes and certificates were given out to all the volunteers who attended the initiative. We as "naw" would love these initiatives to continue in the future, and we have high hopes that they will continue still, with the good will of the people and organizers who helped make this happen. We also would like to give a special thanks to Lieutenant Colonel Ali Abdullah Al Qusaib Al Naqbi, first for organizing the initiative and second for welcoming us to join. 🇦🇪
A successful trip to Mauritius showed us a new perspective of this beautiful island, with it's diverse underwater wildlife, and unique culture, Mauritus has left us wanting more. Our activities consisted of Freediving, cultural tours, waterfall visits, and more.
After Muaritius we ventured to South Africa landing in Johannesburg Airport for a connecting flight to George, from George we drove to Knysna and explored our way there, little that we knew they had a recent wild land fire on June 7, 2017 which ended at around June 28, 2017. From Knysna we went on to Gondwana game reserve, then ended our trip by visiting Cape Town for some cape fur seal underwater encounters. Follow us on our social media channels to find out more.
P.S. We visited Mauritius twice on this trip, once before going to South Africa, and the second time was after our visit to South Africa.
Naw Expedition 24-04-2015
Our trip to Hurawalhi located on the "Lhaviyani Atoll" at the Maldives was a successful trip of discovering a virgin island which had recently been open to the public. We stayed there from January 8, 2017 till January 12, 2017. Free diving the whole island was a difficult task due to strong currents, but we did it. It took us almost 3 - 4 hours to document the surroundings and some of the diverse species living there. At the time we were there the sea was filled with a seasonal plankton bloom which disturbed the visibility but helped us with encountering lots of species who feed on them.
Naw Expedition 17-04-2015
Naw Expedition 10-04-2015
Naw Expedition 01-01-2015
Naw founder Mohammed Al Falasi was happy to be invited by "The Culture & Scientific Association" to Masrad at 22nd of March 2016 with his topic being "Ocean Friendship". Were he spoke about how it all started, and where are we now as a team.
Naw are proud to be featured in YAS Sports Channel in a program called "Al Serdaal", which covers mostly all related water-sports, both new and traditional.
Naw Expedition 26-12-2014
Naw was proud to participate in the Middle East Extreme Sports Expo 2015. We have rooted our presence as environmentalists and shown the world what we are capable of. Free Divers & Spear-fishermen were thrilled to find us amongst them, they too supported our cause and vision. We are also happy to mention that our booth was amongst the best in terms of design and attraction.
Naw Expedition 04-12-2014
Naw Expedition 11-11-2014