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[Maldives] Trip Report : APR.13 – 19, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.1

[#Maldives] Trip Report : APR.13 – 19, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.1

We have just returned from another fantastic diving trip in Maldives. And I would like to share the experience here as always! Currently, the ocean is very calm. No wind and no wave. I would say this is the best condition for divers to come over Maldives!  The day 1, we had a check dive at Fish Tank in the North Male atoll. As always, False Moorish Idols and Moontail Bullseye welcomed us in the water. It was funny to see that Moray Eels have gotten fatter and 6 of them were still sharing a hole to live!  The 2nd dive was at Maagiri Rock. Luckily we were the only group who scuba dove at that time. Successfully observed juveniles of Goddes razorfish and Fowler’s Snake Eels at the sand area. Then, checked the difference of Garden Eels and Spaghetti Eels. Moved onto the reef to see the regular school of Bluestriped Snappers. And specially, I had to check up on the juvenile of Palette Surgeonfish, which has been seen here this season rarely. 

The day 2, the 1st dive of the day was at Nassimo Thila in the North Male atoll. There were many fish observed because of a very good tide around the main reef. We had a shower of Neon Fusiliers and Variablelined Fusiliers in the middle. And the hunters like Dogtooth Tunas, Giant Trevallies and Bluefin Trevallies were attacking those fusiliers. Besides, we enjoyed beautifully bloomed soft corals inside the overhang, which was the specialty of this point. The 2nd dive was at Banana Reef, named after the shape of the main reef here. The current was very strong, but thanks to the current we could observe Giant Trevallies, Bluefin Trevallies and Whitetip Sharks were swimming around aggressively. The 3rd dive was at Fish Tank aiming for Guitarfish. Although we could not make it, but more than 50 of Rays surrounded us somehow!

The air temperature was 26-33 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The 3mm wetsuit was recommended. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : MAR.31 – APR.05, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : MAR.31 – APR.05, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.3

The day 5, we started the day with searching Hammerhead Sharks at Fotteyo Out in the Vaavu atoll. We proceeded in the blue water slowly. And a school of friendly Teira Batfish followed us. There were many shiny Illumise surrounded us but no chance of Hammerhead Shark. The 2nd dive was at Fotteyo. A couple of Elegant Firefish were found immediately after the entry. The vivid Collare Butterflyfish were gathered around the reef. A Blotched fantail Ray was praying and kicking up the sand dust.  Grey Reef Sharks and Whitetip Sharks were seen in the distance. The 3rd and the 4th dives were at Miyaru Kandu. There were so many Sharks appeared in the channel! Yay! Grey Reef Sharks and Whitetip Sharks were passing by in their full speed! But the shark we were surprised most was a Bowmouth Guitarfish! We were so happy to see it!

The day 6, our 1st dive of the day was at Kandooma Thila in the South Male atoll. The current was streaming out. We found some Spotted Eagle Rays were flying around. Grey Reef Sharks appeared again and again as we settled on a reef. The 2nd dive was at Embudu Express, which was the only one marine protect area in the channel. There were many of Grey Reef Sharks. Giant Trevallies passed by gorgeously. And Spotted Eagle Rays coming towards us. Then, we encountered with a huge group, 500+ of Bigeye Trevallies! I was blown away! This is such a fun place but required a skill though. The last dive was at Fish Tank in the North Male atoll aiming for Guitarfish. Pink Whiprays and Blotched Fantail Rays were gushing from the bottom. And False Moorish Idols surrounded us! Although we could not encounter with Guitarfish but we enjoyed to observe various creatures!  The air temperature was 26-33 deg.C.  The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The 3mm wetsuit was recommended. Thank you all for joining us and also for making this trip wonderful! Hope to see you all again!


[Maldives] Trip Report : MAR.31 – APR.05, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : MAR.31 – APR.05, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.2

The day 3, the 1st dive of the day was at Maalhos Thila in the South Ari atoll. The ocean is very calm as if the surface is like a mirror. We got into the water right on the thila since the current wasn’t too strong.  There were plenty of pastel colored soft corals at the overhang. And the Bluestriped Snappers were covering over almost entire of the overhang. Dogtooth Tunas attacked smaller fish and Nurse Sharks happily swam around.  The 2nd and the 3rd dives were at Moofushi Kandu. We found 5 of Manta Rays dancing around their cleaning station. They were really cool.

The day 4, the 1st dive was at Kudarah Thila in the South Ari atoll. The reef was covered by the color yellow, which was a biiiiiig group of Bluestriped Snappers. We enjoyed to take pictures of yellow and also observed Maldive Anemonefish on top of the reef at the end. The 2nd dive was at Sunisland Out searching for Whale Shark. And we luckily spotted him! Yay! We enjoyed the time with him with snorkeling. After we switched to scuba diving, we could not find him any more but enjoyed to observe a Sea Turtle and Dogtooth Tunas. The 3rd dive was at Alimathaa Jetty in the Vaavu atoll as a night dive. It is always exciting to dive here. Nurse Sharks, Bluefin Trevallies, Giant Trevallies, Black Jacks and Pink Whiprays were just being very aggressive!

The air temperature was 26-33 deg.C.  The water temperature was 26-29 deg.C. The 3mm wetsuit was recommended. To be continued…