Beth Neale and Miles Cloutier, conservationists couple from South Africa, broke the Guinness World Record for the longest underwater kiss to commemorate Valentine’s Day 2023.
The new record for the longest underwater kiss of 4 minutes and 6 seconds was set on February 4, 2023, at one of the largest resorts in the Maldives, LUX South Ari Atoll. Mr. Swapnil Dangarikar, an official Guinness World Records adjudicator, was present at the event and certified the accomplishment. The record was celebrated with a champagne ceremony on the island, followed by a surprise welcome home from Trans Maldivian Airlines.
Beth Neale, is a four-time South African free-diving champion, conservation filmmaker, Pure Apnea Master free-diving instructor, and PADI advanced scuba diver. Together with her husband, the acclaimed director Miles Cloutier, they broke the previous world record of 3 minutes, 24 seconds, and 34 frames, which had been achieved in Italy back in 2010.
Miles said, “It is such a privilege to partner with The Lux Collective, which shares our goal of promoting sustainability and ocean conservation. The infinity pool overlooking the ocean was the perfect location for this world’s record-breaking kiss. We feel that Valentine’s Day is the best time to share our new record, as it’s a reflection of our love for the underwater world and for each other. And what better way to make the moment last than with a 4-minute kiss!”
John Rogers, the resort’s general manager, added, “Our heartiest congratulations to Beth and Miles! It is an honor to witness the achievement, and LUX* South Ari Atoll is proud to be associated with Guinness World Records and to be part of this award-winning moment.”
This record highlights the Maldives as a very popular romantic destination for couples looking for a one-of-a-kind island vacation experience.