Natural Environment


Natural Environment

The dominant vegetation on the islands is represented by coconut palm forest associated with shrubland on the edge of the beach. On Magoodhoo Island, 10 out of 22 hectares are covered by coconut forest (Cocus nucifera) and shrubland is composed of sea lettuce (Scaevola taccada), tree hiliotrope (Tournefortia argenta), beach gardenia (Guettarda speciosa) and screw pine (Pandanus sp.). In this environment it is possible to find flying foxes (Pteropus giganteus) and asian koels (Eudynamys scolopaceus) perched on tree branches and white-breasted waterhed (Amaurornis phoenicurus) runningon the ground between the roots of the palm trees.

All around Magoodhoo Island, lagoons and coral reefs welcome the guests of the #MaRHECenter with the incredible biodiversity that characterizes this part of the Indian Ocean. Just few meters outside the Center, the lagoon and the inner reefs are easily reachable from the beach for snorkeling and diving exploration. In this environment, it is possible to appreciate the presence of healthy colourful corals and of an incredible number of species of marine invertebrates and vertebrates.