Maldives Liveaboard | Fun Azul: Trip Report
[Maldives] Trip Report : SEP.28 – OCT.04, 2019, Male – Baa Route Vol.5[#Maldives] Trip Report : SEP.28 – OCT.04 2019, #Male – #Baa Route Vol.5
Day 5, the last day of diving for this trip. It was cloudy but we saw a beautiful rainbow in the morning! The 1st dive of the day was at Muthaafushi Thila in the Baa atoll. The Grey Reef Sharks and the Whitetip Sharks welcomed us in the water. When we reached at the point, everything we could see was yellow because of the big school of Yellowback Fusiliers and Yellowbanded Fusiliers. Addition to that, Bluestripe Snappers, which have a base colored yellow, and Indian Snappers, also very yellow, were gathered as we visited the main reef. It was very cute to see the kiddies of Whitetip Sharks were hidden in the bush of coral. And the kids of Hawksbill Sea Turtle were also doing the same thing. The 2nd dive was at Nelivaru Haa. The visibility was fantastic! It could be the best condition in this season. The very friendly Hawksbill Sea Turtle was a good model for us to take pictures of it. Many of Maldive Anemonefish were seen. They are my favorite. The 3rd dive was at Kihaa Rock, where we could observe three different snappers such as Bengal Snappers, Bluestriped Snappers and Fivelined Snappers. They look alike but here, you have the chance to see the difference. Besides we enjoyed to see macros at the end. We also celebrated two guests’ memorable dive on the boat! It was such an honor to have you guys on the boat for the special dives! The air temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The 3mm or 5 mm wetsuit was recommended. The visibility was 10-40m. Thank you all for joining us and also for making this trip amazing. Hope to see you all again!
[Maldives] Trip Report : SEP.28 – OCT.04, 2019, Male – Baa Route Vol.4[#Maldives] Trip Report : SEP.28 – OCT.04 2019, #Male – #Baa Route Vol.4
Day 4, the 1st dive of the day was at Kihaadhoofaru Thila in the Baa atoll. The visibility was great. Since it was in the early morning, the Tawny Nurse Sharks were resting underneath of the overhang. And the regular Blotched Fantail Ray was floating just like a flying carpet. The vivid soft corals, Sea Goldies and Indian Flame Basslets made a beautiful and colorful landscape. The 2nd dive was at Reethi Gaa, which had a Manta’s cleaning station, because we were told that there were Manta Rays. Indeed, there was a Alfred Manta Ray getting cleaned at the station. And surprisingly another Manta Ray joined, so total 2 of them what we could observe for entire of the 2nd dive. Because we have not heard of any good news about Manta Rays in the Hanifaru bay, we tried to search for Manta Rays in a lagoon, which had a similar landscape as the Hanifaru bay after the 2nd dive. Luckily we found about a couple of dozens of Manta Rays and snorkeled with them in the lagoon!! The 3rd dive was at Dharavandhoo Corner. Unfortunately we could not find any Manta Rays, but we found a Whale Shark instead!!! It was as big as 8 meters length! Hooray!! The air temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The 3mm or 5 mm wetsuit was recommended. The visibility was 10-30m. To be continued…
[Maldives] Trip Report : SEP.28 – OCT.04, 2019, Male – Baa Route Vol.3[#Maldives] Trip Report : SEP.28 – OCT.04 2019, #Male – #Baa Route Vol.3
Day 3, the 1st dive of the day was at Dhigu Thila in the Baa atoll. The name of this dive point means “long” in Dhivehi, Maldivian language. There is a long long reef from the east to the west, no one can dive all the way in one dive, as it’s named. We immediately found an Alfred Manta Ray passing by. Then, saw the schools of Indian Bannerfish and Collare Butterflyfish. Especially I like the cute endemic Indian Bannerfish, which has a long eye rushes. After the 1st dive, we moved to the north and reached to the #Raa atoll. The 2nd dive was at Kudathulhaadhoo Thila. There were many overhangs and interesting terrain. The Cowtail Stingray and Dogtooth Tunas were seen while we drifted. The 3rd dive was at Kottefaru Thila. The color you could see turned all blue as the school of Neon Fusiliers were around, and it turned all yellow as the school of Yellowback Fusiliers came. Interesting. The dance show of Maldive Anemonefish was held at the main reef. The 4th dive was at Korrefaru Out. A big wall faced to the open sea. There were some overhangs, which had variety of rare species, such as Indian Butterflyfish. We normally can find this guy only at the deep ocean or this kind of the place out into the open sea. That’s how rare to see this Indian Butterflyfish. And we were lucky to see three of them! Then, we found the mixed species of Threespot Angelfish and Indian Smoke Angelfish. It used to be called Armitage Angelfish. And what I should mention here especially was the Pink Coral! It is very rare to see those very healthy Pink Corals in anywhere else even in the Maldives. Hope they will stay growing up just like now, not get destroyed in the future. The air temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The 3mm or 5 mm wetsuit was recommended. The visibility was 10-30m. To be continued…