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[Maldives] Trip Report : FEB. 09-16, 2019, Deep South Equatorial Route from MALE to GAAFU Vol.1

[#Maldives] Trip Report : FEB. 09-16, 2019, Deep South #Equatorial Route from #MALE to #GAAFU Vol.1

It is the time for the special trip, which goes through #Male, #Vaavu, #Meemu, #Thaa, #Laamu and #Gaafu Atoll, near the Equator! This trip is held only once a year! I am so excited!

The day 1, we visited Kuda Giri Wreck in the South Male Atoll for the check dive. It was very beautiful to see all the Anthias around the wreck. And Aurora Shrimp Gobbies, Dracula Shrimp Gobbies and Garden Eels were observed at the sand area. The 2nd dive was at Miyaru Kandu in the Vaavu Atoll. We could also see the big fish such as Grey Reef Sharks, Giant Trevallies, Bluefin Trevallies and Dogtooth Tunas. We let the friendly Tiera Batfish accompany us for the safety stop! The 3rd dive was at Rakeedhoo Kandhu. We enjoyed to observe beautiful reef fish, Scalefin Anthias, Evans Anthias, Indian Bannerfish and Flame Anthias. At the top of the reef there were beautiful Table Corals and the family of Maldive Anemonefish being near by.

The day 2, the 1st dive of the day was at Dhiggaru Kandu in the Meemu Atoll. Spotted Eaglerays welcomed us in the water. And what I had to mention was how big the school of the Bigeye Trevallies we encountered with! It was more than a thousand! Can you believe that?? And big size of Grey Reef Sharks kept popping out from the crowd of Bigeye Trevallies. Wow. It was amazing.  The 2nd dive was at Kurali Kandu, which was a Manta Ray spot. We could successfully found a couple of Manta Rays here! The 3rd dive was at Olhugiri Kandu in the Thaa Atoll. Here we started fun channel diving.  There were big school of Bigeye Trevallies, Grey Reef Sharks, Whitetip Sharks and Indian Bannerfish were seen. The air temperature was 26-33 deg.C. The water temperature was 26-28 deg.C.  The 3mm wetsuit was recommended. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : FEB. 02-09, 2019, Male Ari Vaavu Route Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : FEB. 02-09, 2019, #Male #Ari #Vaavu Route Vol.3

The day 5 was my birthday! I am happily enjoying my life and have been feeling it every single day! The 1st dive of the day was at Maamigili Out in the South Ari Atoll aiming for the encounter with Whale Sharks. We searched and searched for them but no luck.  We found a family of Grey Reef Shark instead in the deep side. The baby was surrounded and protected by the adults. Seeing those fish families sticking together makes me feel good. The 2nd dive was at Miyaru Kandu in the Vaavu Atoll. Many of Grey Reef Sharks appeared at the reef where we settled in. The 3rd dive was at Alimathaa Jetty as a night dive. There were so many Tawny Nurse Sharks welcomed us. Black Jacks, Giant Trevallies and Bluefin Trevallies were seen as well. The dive site has never disappointed us! We celebrated the 3 guests who had his and her birthdays during the trip! Oh I did my own as well, heehee.

The day 6 was the last day of diving for this trip. The 1st dive of the day was at Miyaru Kandu in the Vaavu Atoll. The weather was getting better later of the day but the visibility in the ocean was great as 30-40 meters from the early morning! More Grey Reef Sharks appeared than the day before! And what surprised me most was the size of the biggest Grey Reef Shark in the crowd had about 6 of suckerfish! It looked so powerful! The 2nd dive was at Kandooma Thila in the South Male Atoll. About 3 dozens of Grey Reef Shark babies welcomed us! So cute!  Besides, Hawksbill Turtle, Napoleon, beautiful Anthias, various Butterflyfish, Barracudas and Bigeye Trevallies were seen. The 3rd dive was at Fish Tank in the North Male Atoll aiming for Guitar Shark. Right after the entry we found it!!! Oh, I like it here! Total two Giant Guitar Sharks appeared! Fish Tank is my favorite spot in the Maldives!  The air temperature was 26-33 deg.C. The water temperature was 26-28 deg.C. The 3mm wetsuit was recommended.  Thank you all for joining us and also for making this trip amazing! Hope to see you all again!


[Maldives] Trip Report : FEB. 02-09, 2019, Male Ari Vaavu Route Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : FEB. 02-09, 2019, #Male #Ari #Vaavu Route Vol.2

The day 3, we started with the 1st dive of the day at Fish Head in the North Ari Atoll. A big school of Neon Fusiliers welcomed us. Bengal Snappers were also gathered near the overhang. I love to stare at their vivid yellow color. Near the reef, we found the baby Spotted Eagle Ray having fun! The regular hungry Hawksbill Turtle was always good to take picture of. The 2nd and the 3rd dives were at Moofushi Kandu in the South Ari Atoll. Immediately we found 7 of Reef Manta Rays hovering around the cleaning station. Hooray! Besides, Grey Reef Sharks, Bluestriped Snappers and Oriental Sweetlips were seen.

The day 4, it rained! How rare! The 1st dive of the day was at Rangali Madivaru in the South Ari Atoll, which was well known as one of the Manta spots of the dry season. A gigantic school of Redtoothed Triggerfish was of blocking our views! Suddenly about two dozens of Mobulas passed by. Then, Grey Reef Sharks came to get cleaned at the cleaning station instead of Manta Ray! It was fun to observe them getting cleaned with a wide opened mouth.  Finally, Manta Rays arrived there! We were so happy to see them! The 2nd dive was at Maamigili Out. And the 3rd dive was at Maamigili Corner. They were both for searching Whale Sharks. The Blotched Fantail Ray, Whitetip Sharks, Napoleon and Mobulas were seen. Unfortunately there was no Whale Sharks to be seen. The air temperature was 26-33 deg.C. The water temperature was 26-28 deg.C. To be continued…