Although only a few months have passed, the reef is showing signs of recovery and marine life has begun to return. Sea turtles nap near the Yellow Wall of coral in front of the Dive Centre. Just beyond the viewing windows at 'Sea', the underwater wine cellar and restaurant, striped lionfish, moray eel and bright orange clownfish look for meals of their own. Linger here long enough and your patience might be rewarded with a glimpse of a dolphin or eagle ray hurrying by.
Within a year, faster growing acropora coral such as staghorn and table coral are expected to completely cover the structures, while some slower growing species will be introduced once the coral colonies are well established. At this point, the fully-grown coral frames will require maintenance. Fragments of coral will be either transplanted onto new structures or relocated back onto the natural reef where they can expand over time, gradually attracting more coral. When finished, the beautiful coral arrangement in the lagoon will resemble the “A” in Anantara, thereby creating an artificial snorkelling trail.