Isha Afeef, Sea Turtle Biologist, Laamu Atoll

Isha Afeef, portrait, ORP Sea Turtle Biologist. Image
Isha Afeef, Sea Turtle Biologist

Isha is from G. Dh Thinadhoo in the south of the Maldives. Growing up, she inherited a fear of the ocean from her parents, who had taken many ships across the largest stretch of ocean between atolls, the Suvadiva Channel (Huvadu Kandu). 

However, Isha overcame her fear of the ocean when she learnt to swim in 2014, during her year as the Social and Responsibility Fund Manager at Soneva Fushi. She later worked with the Baa Atoll community to learn about sustainability, grow community initiatives in neighbouring Maalhos, and lead Eco Tours for students. She also took part in a programme to teach 3rd graders and their mothers how to swim. Ever since, she’s been inspired to learn more about life underwater. 

After working as an intern for Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme in South Ari Atoll, Isha joined with the dive school at Conrad Maldives as an intern marine biologist. Here she looked after the coral restoration initiative. In addition, Isha has experience in community engagement and youth empowerment, including leading the urban art festival Katti Hivvaru Fest in Malé.

Isha has a passion for engaging local communities in marine conservation in the Maldives. She also loves to help people overcome their fear of life below the water. After completing her PADI Rescue Diver course in 2020, Isha is now working towards her goal of becoming a Dive Instructor.

Isha joined ORP as Sea Turtle Biologist and Guest Educator at Six Senses Laamu in February 2021. In this role, she will be interacting with guests and locals, and monitoring nests and sea turtles in and around Six Senses Laamu.