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[Maldives] Trip Report : NOV.16 – 20, 2019, Male – Ari Short Trip Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : NOV.16 – 20, 2019, #Male – #Ari Short Trip Vol.3

Day 3, since this was the short trip, it was already the last day for this trip. The 1st and the 2nd dives were at Lux Out in the South Ari atoll.  It was so beautiful that the school of Yellowback Fusiliers going back and forth in the mid layer. And the Whitetip Reef Sharks were here and there in the bottom, sleeping. It was such an atmosphere that Whale Shark may appear anytime but it didn’t happen unfortunately. The 3rd dive was at Dhidhdhoo Out. About a dozen of Spotted Eagle Rays passed by. The guests were interested in the Maldive Sponge Snails. And I was checking on the hybrid species of Threespot Angelfish and Indian Smoke Angelfish. We saw a school of Powder Blue Surgeonfish in the shore while our safety stop!  After the dive, we celebrated some guests’ memorable dive with us at the dinner time. 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 20-40m.

Thank you all for joining us and also for making this trip fantastic! Hope to see you all again!

 


[Maldives] Trip Report : NOV.16 – 20, 2019, Male – Ari Short Trip Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : NOV.16 – 20, 2019, #Male – #Ari Short Trip Vol.2

Day 2, the 1st dive was at Fish Head in the North Ari atoll. Even this popular dive site can be only for  us if we go very early morning. We did it in the early morning, of course it was exclusive to us. The Grey Reef Sharks were found as a school with Whitetip Reef Sharks at the place where the currents met. The incredible number of the fish here always surprise me. We moved to the South Ari atoll for the 2nd dive of the day at Moofushi Kandu. This was the first try for the season, because the site was well know as a Manta spot in the dry season. The visibility was great! We could see the 40 meter depth of the bottom. A big Napoleon and the juvenile of Spotted Eagle Ray appeared. And there were many of Whitetip Reef Sharks resting at the bottom. it was odd, but so many of them were there at about 10 meters intervals. Finally we saw a Manta Ray while our safety stop. Thanks!! The 3rd dive was at Kudarah Thila. We normally dive here in the early morning but it happened right before sunset that day. The Bluestriped Snappers and Humpback Red Snappers were very crowded at the reef.  Some guests worried about the big Camouflage Grouper underneath of the overhang was stuck there! We could see the male Indian Frame Basslets trying to court with opening their back fin wide to the female. And we also see some of them had nuptial coloration. After the dive we had a romantic BBQ dinner on the sand beach. 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 : NOV.16 – 20, 2019, Male – Ari Short Trip Vol.1

[#Maldives] Trip Report : NOV.16 – 20, 2019, #Male – #Ari Short Trip Vol.1

Hi! We just came back from another short trip, which goes and dive around Male to Ari atoll within 3 days. The weather was okay, sudden squall and cloudy one day and clear up next day. A typical weather we see here in Maldives during this time of the year, turning from the rainy season to the dry season. The 1st dive of the day was at Maagiri Rock in the North Male atoll. It was a perfect condition, almost no current, for a check dive. Bluestriped Snappers welcomed us as usual.  We found cute juveniles of Yellow Boxfish and Midnight Snapper, while introducing Longnose Hawkfish, Starry Dragonet or so. My favorite one was the juvenile of Palette Surgeonfish, which was very rare to see in the Maldives. The 2nd dive was at Maaya Thila in the North Ari atoll. The visibility went down in the Ari atoll that day. Still enjoyed to observe Neon Fusiliers, Double-lined Fusiliers, Giant Trevallies, Bluefin Trevallies and Grey Reef Sharks. A Hawksbill Sea Turtle was resting in between the rocks. On the top of the reef, we could observe Maldive Anemonefish in sea anemones. I noticed some of the anemones has gotten whiter. I am concerned about it. The 3rd dive was at Maayafushi Lagoon as a night Manta dive. We saw total 4 of Manta Rays. Besides Manta, more than 100 of Striped Eel Catfish appeared! It was a surprise! 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…