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The Aerial Photo that made the World Dream of Maldives – 100 places To Remember Before They Disappear

Maldives Islands The photo - 100 places to remember before they disappear
The photo that made the World Dream of Maldives – 100 places to remember before they disappear | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

Flying above The Maldives Islands in 4 sequences.

Photos from the Photography Book, Dreaming of Maldives, The Unique Photo Journey.

Maldives Islands Aerial Photo - View 4
Flying above The Maldives Islands. Aerial Photography | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos
Maldives Islands Aerial Photo - View 3
Flying above The Maldives Islands. Aerial Photography | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos
Maldives Islands Aerial Photo - View 2
Flying above The Maldives Islands. Aerial Photography | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos
Maldives Islands Aerial Photo
Flying above The Maldives Islands. Aerial Photography | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

This photo of several perfect Islands, perfectly aligned in a row in the middle of the Blue Ocean was shot from a seaplane during an aerial photo shooting in Baa Atoll, Northern Maldives in 2002.

The Maldives are full of incredible Reefs and Island Shapes to photograph but this spot was so Maldives Iconic that it immediately jumped to my eyes.
That was just so incredibly Dreamy. These 6 little Gem Islands were such an ideal demonstration of Maldives splendor and rareness. I was thrilled !
I knew the shot was good but I did not know what was next…
– Sakis Papadopoulos / Photographer

Shortly later, the photo was used in several ads and magazines in many countries to showcase the stunning beauty of the Maldives Islands.
The Maldivian Gem Islands were a complete Dream for travelers.

Later on, in 2009, the photo took another dimension and a much bigger meaning by being chosen to illustrate the Maldives Islands in the famous coffee table Book and international awareness project – 100 places To Remember Before They Disappear.
The Book and the project ( featuring exhibitions – including Copenhagen in 2009, TV Spots and conferences ) were meant to draw attention to the beauty and extreme fragility of 100 endangered places on the Planet ( selected according to the 4th Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ) and to create an argument to preserve them.

I am sure many of you heard about this “100 Places to remember before they disappear” book and project or that you’ve already seen this photo.
10 years after, this photo keeps on inspiring travelers and photographers and this little precious islands keep on turning around the planet as a testimony of Maldives timeless beauty and fragility.
For the little story,  we’ve flown above them the past weeks…and it was quite emotional. Pitiful, the weather was not good enough to photograph them again. It would have been interesting though…Next time maybe.

Precious Baa Atoll.

Did you know that Baa Atoll and its beautiful little Islands were also part of another and bigger environmental project ? No ? Then read this…
Joining a list of precious and famous places around the World such as the Galapagos, Yellowstone National Park or Brazil Central Amazon among others, Baa Atoll has been officially declared in July 2011 a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve.

For years, the Atoll has been known to be one of the richest Atoll in Maldives for its phenomenal natural beauties, above and under the water, with a rich biodiversity including large mangroves, a unique fauna and last but not least, one of the World’s most unique underwater life.

Located at app. 35 minutes by plane and seaplane from Male Airport, Baa Atoll hosts 8 Island Resorts and welcome in its waters several Diving Safari Boats and many Divers ( Baa Atoll diving spots are known to be extraordinary for Mantas and Whale Sharks observation ).
Some Resorts participate to the Atoll protection and play a role in the current actions lead by the Atoll Ecosystem Conservation Project, a Maldivian Organization working on conserving the Atoll and using its biodiversity in a sustainable way.

Some Resorts, Dive Schools and Live Aboards from Baa Atoll officially participate to the project and actively work on it as per the Baa Atoll Conservation Fund Partnership Agreements signed in November 2012 :

Here is the list of the participants who signed the agreement :

1. Fourseasons at Landaa Giraavaru
2. Soneva Fushi Resort
3. Reethi Beach Resort
4. Soleni Dive School
5. Sea Splash Maldives Dive School
6. Sea Explorer Dive School
7. Live aboard Association of Maldives
8. Haveily Safari

The event demonstrates the engagement and Public Private Partnership in Management and Conservation of Biodiversity and Sustainable Resource Utilization.


The Maldives in the “100 places to remember before they disappear” Video

Swimming with Mantas and Whale Sharks in Baa Atoll

Hanifaru Marine Protected Area

An beautiful Video by Aqua Dreams Imaging / Atoll Ecosystem Conservation Project YOUTUBE Channel.

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About The Author

I am Rozenn, Dreaming of Maldives writer and editor. Sakis, my partner in life, is the photograher behind most of the images you will see here. We travel to the Maldives several times a year for journeys that can vary from 1 week to several months. We created Dreaming of Maldives “The Blog” as an extension of the webite of the same name to make you discover the Maldives in the most complete and different way as possible. This blog is a place to dream. It is mainly aimed to share with you our long time experience and Emotions of travelling in the marvelous and so unique Maldives… PLEASE ...NEVER STOP DREAMING . Dreamfully Yours. Rozenn. Carpe Diem.

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