NewsSeptember 28, 2023

Shark Scientist Gibbs Kuguru Returns to The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands has announced the return of National Geographic Explorer and acclaimed Kenyan shark scientist, Gibbs Kuguru. His upcoming residency, scheduled from October 1 -5, 2023, promises an engaging blend of shark conservation research, educational programs, and unforgettable guest experiences. Kuguru’s residency is part of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands’ ‘Visiting Heroes’ program, which emphasizes environmental education and sustainability.

During his stay, guests will have the unique opportunity to participate in a range of activities, from thrilling shark snorkeling expeditions to interactive Q&A sessions with Kuguru himself. His residency will kick off on Monday, October 2, with a Shark Presentation over afternoon tea at La Locanda, where he will share insights on his research, offering guests a glimpse into the fascinating world of these remarkable creatures.


The exciting activities will continue on October 3rd, when guests can enjoy a shark snorkeling excursion followed by a laid-back cocktail hour at Beach Shack. The following day, Kuguru will venture to the local island Gaafaru to visit and educate young students about marine life, sharks, and wildlife conservation. The residency concludes with one last snorkeling session just before Kuguru’s departure.

Kuguru is renowned for his expertise in studying various shark species, including Great White Sharks, Hammerheads, and Sand Tigers. His work aims to shed light on how these creatures adapt and survive in the face of challenges such as overfishing and climate change. Kuguru’s work aligns with The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands’ commitment to environmental conservation through its Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Program. This exclusive program, suitable for both adults and children, offers a range of activities aimed at preserving the planet. Guests can explore the depths of the ocean and engage in groundbreaking work.

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