A Maldives luxury resort that costs up to $3,800 a night has opened an underwater sculpture museum and the photos are otherworldly

Jason deCaires TaylorYou’ll have to snorkel out to visit this underwater sculpture garden in the Maldives.
  • A Maldives luxury resort has opened the tropical nation’s first underwater sculpture garden.
  • The Sculpture Coralarium sits in the center of the largest developed coral lagoon in the Maldives, at the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi resort.
  • You have to snorkel out 100 meters to visit the submerged museum.
  • Staying at the Sirru Fen Fushi resort costs between $US760 and $US3,838 per night.

A luxury resort in the Maldives has opened the nation’s first underwater sculpture museum.

Visitors can snorkel 100 meters out from the beach to swim among the 22 otherworldly sculptures, Melanie Hoefler, a representative for Fairmont Maldives, told Business Insider.

The underwater museum, inspired by marine life, is a collaboration between British artist Jason deCaires Taylor and the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi resort. It was created to bring attention to the threat of climate change.

Take a tour of the structure below, which the artist calls “a symbolic pathway to another world.”


The underwater museum is located at the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi resort on the island of Gaakoshibee.

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It took five months to install the gallery on the island.

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Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


‘Visitors can explore it while snorkelling out from the beach to the museum, a distance of about 100 meters,’ Hoefler said.

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Source: Melanie Hoefler, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi


After snorkelling for five to 10 minutes, you’ll reach an underwater staircase that leads up toward the semi-submerged building.

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Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


The cube-shaped building is nearly 20 feet tall, and the front facade is submerged in about 10 feet of water, depending on the tide.

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Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


The walls were designed to mimic natural coral structures so that marine life can pass through the structure.

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Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


The structure is made of 180 tons of architectural elements, including 66 marine-grade steel panels.

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Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


The gallery is comprised of 22 sculptures total.

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Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


The amount of the sculpture that is visible above water depends on the tide.

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Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


10 of them are perched on plinths partially out of the water.

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Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


Six others are fully submerged on the seafloor.

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Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


And another six sculptures are on the rooftop.

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Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


There are also six submerged trees and a coral pathway with more than 60 coral flower pots.

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Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


‘It is both an art gallery and an artificial reef space,’ Hoefler said.

Jason deCaires Taylor.

Source: Melanie Hoefler, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi


The roof is perforated with a coral pattern to let beams of light through to shine on the sculptures.

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Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


Submerged lights illuminate the space at night.

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Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


The submerged sculptures include children looking up toward the sea’s surface.

Jason deCaires Taylor

Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


The installation is meant to raise questions about the threat of climate change and consequences of rising sea levels.

Jason deCaires Taylor

Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


The Maldives, consisting of more than 1,100 islands to the west of India, is the world’s lowest-lying nation.

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On average, the islands are only 1.3 meters above sea level, making them especially vulnerable to rising sea levels.

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Visitors can explore the Coralarium free of charge in small group tours guided by marine biologists.

Jason deCaires Taylor

Source: Jason deCaires Taylor


But you’ll have to pay between $US760 and $US3,838 per night to stay at the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi resort, according to the resort’s website.

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Source: Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

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