Mark your calendar for a rare underwater phenomenon in the Maldives
Under the sea
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Once a year, millions of corals across the Maldives release their eggs and sperm into the water, creating a riot of colour and movement that's truly a sight to behold. Coral spawning is not a recent phenomenon, but global warming and rising sea water temperatures is making it harder to pin down the date for this annual feat of nature. Dr. Steven Newman, Director of Marine Conservation for Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, explains: "Reproduction is governed by the tide, and usually we can see the spawning take place an hour or so after sunset, however in some cases we may have to wait until midnight, so patience is a virtue but it's well worth the wait."
This year, the corals are expected to kick into action following the full moon on 23 March. When it does, you'll want to be staying at the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. Here, you can embark on a special coral spawning night safari arranged by the hotel. With all the little details taken care of, you need only bring along your underwater cameras and GoPros. For those who prefer to stay dry, a live webcam feed will provide you with a glimpse of all the action happening under the sea.
To complement this unusual sighting, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru will transform the beach into a pop-up space serving up a special full-moon dinner. Needless to say, bubbly's on the cards.