Naw recently came back from exploring the renowned Mirihi Resort at the Alif Dhaal Atoll, 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.