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[Maldives] Trip Report : SEP.03 – 07, 2019, Male – Ari Short Route Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : SEP.03 – 07, 2019, #Male – #Ari Short Trip Route Vol.3

Day 3 was the last day of diving for this short route trip.  The 1st dive was at Kudarah Thila in the South Ari atoll.  The good weather continued still. The condition was great with fantastic visibility as we could see from the surface to the bottom. Neon Fusiliers and Variablelined Fusiliers made a big curtain in the mid layer. Giant Trevallies and Bluefin Trevallies were of course attacking them. What I should say here is that the number of the Bluestripe Snappers is extraordinary.  The 2nd dive was at Maamigiri Out. And the 3rd dive was at Lux Out.  Both sites were in the Whale Shark zone. Unfortunately we could not locate it. But I could introduce many of the endemic species, including Oriental Sweetlips and Colare Butterflyfish. Besides, Black-blotched Stingray, Cowtail Stingray and Mangrove Whipray were seen.  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.   Thank you all for choosing our M/V Fun Azul IV, and also for making this trip amazing! Hope to see you all again!


[Maldives] Trip Report : SEP.03 – 07, 2019, Male – Ari Short Route Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : SEP.03 – 07, 2019, #Male – #Ari Short Trip Route Vol.2

Hello, this is Kengo! Will continue the trip report! Day 2, it was such a very clear weather that we almost forgot we were in the rainy season! The 1st dive of the day was at Maaya Thila in the North Ari atoll. The school of Neon Fusiliers and Variablelined Fusiliers filled up in all the mid-space of underwater! And such hunters like Giant Trevallies and Dogtooth Tunas were attacking the Fusiliers. The Grey Reef Sharks also appeared in front of us again and again. The 2nd dive was at Fish Head. The guests’ favorite was the school of False Moorish Idols, which was perfectly formed for us to take pictures of. The Bengal Snappers were every where around the reef. The 3rd dive was at Omadhoo Thila in the South Ari atoll. It turned out to be a relax diving. And we enjoyed to observe beautiful vivid soft corals at overhangs. Passing those swim through was also very exciting!  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.03 – 07, 2019, Male – Ari Short Route Vol.1

[#Maldives] Trip Report : SEP.03 – 07, 2019, #Male – #Ari Short Trip Route Vol.1

Hello, this is the latest trip report of the short trip going around Male and Ari atolls. Although it was in the rainy season, we lucked out for the nice weather throughout the trip! The 1st dive was at Lankan Reef in the North Male atoll as a check dive.  This spot was well known as a Manta point during the rainy season but it has been unstable for the Manta appearance this year.  Luckily we were the only group who was there at that time. We were welcomed by Whitetip Reef Sharks and Napoleon exclusively. As we stopped by the Mantas’ cleaning station total three of the Alfred Mantas showed up! Besides, my favorite Oriental Sweetlips and Collare butterflyfish made a beautiful formation in front of us! Everytime I see them, they make me realized that I am in the Indian Ocean actually. The 2nd dive was at Fish Tank. We were the only group there at that time again! The current was a bit strong that we could not settle down. However, Pink Whiprays and Jenkins’ Whiprays came tumbling in very close by! The 3rd dive was at Maayafushi Lagoon in the North Ari atoll, aiming for night Manta Rays. We had waited for a long while but a couple of Manta Rays entertained us at last! 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 10-20m.  To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : AUG.24 – 30, 2019, Male – Baa Route Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : AUG.24 – 30, 2019, #Male – #Baa Route Vol.3

Day 4, the 1st dive of the day was at Nelivaru Haa in the Baa atoll. At this point, there were lot of overhangs. The Maldive Anemonefish were closely observed at the top of the reef. We also found Painted Spiny Lobster. The most impressed us at this point was the number of Luminous Cardinalfish! The 2nd dive was at Muthaafushi Thila. There was a school of Indian Snappers, which looked very similar to Bigeye snappers. It’s hard to tell but the color of the breast fin is different.  I like to find out the difference of some fish that has similarity with other fish. It is very interesting. The 3rd dive was at Dhigu Thila. We immediately found some Manta Rays passed by at the shore,,, wait, is this the frenzy of Manta Rays!?  Yes, it was! About a dozen of Manta Rays swam around.  Besides, a Whale Shark appeared! WOW!!! Amazing! 

Day 5, the 1st dive was Kihaadhoofaru Thila. We could have a relax diving observing Redtoothed Triggerfish and False Moorish Idols. Redtoothed Triggerfish was very cute that he tried to hide putting his head in the rocks but its back fin was out as always. And soft corals on the overhangs were so beautiful. The last dive was at Hanifaru Out. We saw the school of False Moorish Idols and Black Pyramid Butterflyfish. After dive we celebrated our guests’ memorial dives of 2500(!) tanks and 1111 tanks of dive! That’s incredible! The air temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The 3-5 mm wetsuit was recommended. The visibility was 10-30m.

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


[Maldives] Trip Report : AUG.24 – 30, 2019, Male – Baa Route Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : AUG.24 – 30, 2019, #Male – #Baa Route Vol.2

Day 3, the 1st dive of the day was at Kihaa Rock in the Baa atoll. There were many of Neon Fusiliers in the mid-layer. And such hunters like Bluefin Trevallies were attacking them. The Nurse Sharks were asleep at the overhang.  After the 1st dive we headed to the Hanifaru bay for snorkeling with the frenzy Manta Rays since it was scheduled for us.  We could snorkel with about a dozen of Manta Rays for one and a half hours! The 2nd dive was at Dega Thila. We found many of Longnose Hawkfish! And also found a cute Commerson’s Frogfish! It was the first time for me to see it in Maldives! Yay! The 3rd dive was at Kihaadhoofaru Thila for a sunset dive. I like to see the water color gradually changes to the dark color with a sunset dive. We found a lot of Octopuses!

The air temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The 3-5 mm wetsuit was recommended. The visibility was 10-30m.  To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : AUG.24 – 30, 2019, Male – Baa Route Vol.1

[#Maldives] Trip Report : AUG.24 – 30, 2019, #Male – #Baa Route Vol.1

Hello, It is Keita again! Here is the latest trip report.  The 1st dive was at Lankan Reef in the North Male atoll as a check dive.  Although there was some surge to fight against in the water but we were welcomed by a school of Teira Batfish. And a couple of Manta Rays appeared finally at the end. The 2nd dive was at Finger Point. Grey Reef Sharks and Whitetip Sharks were everywhere!  The visibility was great! Besides, more than three dozens of Spotted Eagle Rays showed up! Wow!  After the dive we celebrated one of our guests birthday! It was such an honor to celebrate!

Day 2, we had the 1st dive at Dhonfanu Thila in the Baa Atoll.  There were many Neon Fusiliers at the spot where the currents met. The blue color of them popped up whenever they moved as a group. The Maldive Anemonefish were doing well as usual. The 2nd dive of the day was at Dharavandhoo Thila. At first, we enjoyed observing the wall of Variablelined Fusiliers and the hunters of Giant Trevallies and Bluefin Trevallies. Then, observed cute gobbies next. Variety of Gobbies such as Fire Gobbies and Aurora Partner Gobbies. The 3rd dive was at Dharavandhoo Corner aiming for the encounter with Manta.  Unfortunately we could not see them but the Oriental Sweetlips were there at the cleaning station, getting cleaned. The 4th dive was a night dive at Kihaadhoofaru Thila. The soft corals densely growing at the overhang were so beautiful to see with the light. Rock Cleaner-Shrimps were easily found in the little holes on the rocks. Plus, sleeping Parrotfish, hopefully we didn’t wake you up, and weird moves of Blackspotted Puffers and Black-Blotched Porcupinefish were seen as well. 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 : AUG.10 – 16, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.4

[#Maldives] Trip Report : AUG.10 – 16, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.4

The day 5, the last day of diving for this trip.The 1st dive of the day was at Lankan Reef in the North Male atoll aiming for Manta Ray! Unfortunately there was no Manta Rays showed up, but there were various kind of Turtles instead. As we went back to M/V Fun Azul after the 1st dive, a big school of Dolphins suddenly surrounded us! The 2nd dive was at Nassimo Thila, which was one of the best places to observe beautiful soft corals in Maldives. I like it there because we can enjoy from macro to wide.  The last dive of the trip was at Maagiri Rock. We did hide and seek with Longnose Hawkfish! And also enjoyed to observe Garden Eels, Spaghetti Eels and Dracula Shrimp Gobbies at the sand area. Besides, we saw Maldive Anemonefish and juvenile of Goddes razorfish. They were so cute!  After the dive we celebrated our guests’ memorable 1000th dive, wow! The air temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The 3mm or 5 mm 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 : AUG.10 – 16, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : AUG.10 – 16, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.3

The day 4, the 1st dive of the day was at Five Rocks in the South Ari atoll. There are five big reeves at this point as it is named. I love the beauty of the Seafan on the overhangs. And also the Sea Goldies on the top of the soft corals were brilliant in coloration. The 2nd dive was at Devana Kandu in the Vaavu atoll. Although the current wasn’t strong in the channel we still saw many of the Grey Reef Sharks at the edge of the channel. A couple of Manta Rays passed by. Spotted Eagle Rays, Giant Trevallies and Bluefin Trevallies were gathered around the edge as well. At the rocky area, we could observe the endemic Exquisite Firefish, which was characteristically colored yellow-ish. The 3rd dive was at Miyaru Kandu. Miyaru means Shark in the local language. And we saw many of the Whitetip Reef Sharks and Grey Reef Sharks as expected.  The 4th dive was at Alimathaa Jetty as a night dive. This point is very well known with many Tawney Nurse Sharks, Pink Whiprays and Giant Trevallies. Normally, they come to you and don’t care about divers so they hit you accidentally. I was looking forward to it, but I didn’t get the hit. Bummer! The air temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The 3mm or 5 mm wetsuit was recommended. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : AUG.10 – 16, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : AUG.10 – 16, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.2

The day 3, the 1st dive of the day was at Kudarah Thila in the South Ari atoll. The current was strong but that worked better to make Fusiliers and Snappers a big crowd.  The visibility was fantastic, which was what you expected in Maldive. The hunters, such as Giant Trevallies and Bluefin Trevallies were attacking those Fusiliers and Snappers. We, of course, checked up on the families of endemic Maldivian Anemone fish at the end. The 2nd dive and the 3rd dive were at Lux Out, which was located the south end of the South Ari atoll. Unfortunately the main attraction here, Whale Sharks, didn’t show up this time. However, we still enjoyed observing Whitetip Sharks, Napoleon, Black Pyramid Butterflyfish and Evansi Anthias.

The air temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The 3mm or 5 mm wetsuit was recommended. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : AUG.10 – 16, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.1

[#Maldives] Trip Report : AUG.10 – 16, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.1

Hello, my name is Keita! I am so excited to work on the report of the first trip with our Fun Azul Fleet of this season!  The 1st dive was at Fish Tank in the North Male atoll, the perfect spot for a check dive. The apartment hole of the Moray Eels was fully occupied as usual.  The big school of False Moorish Idols was seen as well. The 2nd dive was at Fish Head in the North Ari atoll. Many of Double-lined Fusiliers gathered at the point where the currents met. And a lot of the migratory fish like Giant Trevallies, Bluefin Trevallies and Dogtooth Tunas were seen as well. Besides, Grey Reef Sharks, Tiera Batfish, Bengal Snappers were there. The 3rd dive was canceled because of the squall in the evening. The safety always comes in the first priority!

The day 2, the 1st dive of the day was Fish Head. Because of the strong wind we stayed in the North Ari atoll last night. Even though it was a different ocean condition from the day before, still we enjoyed the stable number of Grey Reef Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks and Hawksbill Turtles. Also the migratory fish were seen very well. It was a nice surprise that a couple of Spotted Eagle Rays kept coming back to us! The 2nd dive was at Mahibadhoo Manta Point in the South Ari atoll. One of the popular Manta points in the rainy season. There is the coral of the habitat for Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasses, that makes the place a Manta’s cleaning station. Unfortunately Manta didn’t appear this time. The 3rd dive was at Dhangetti Out. Even though the visibility wasn’t great, we could have fun with observing Black Pyramid Butterflyfish, Oval Butterflyfish, Saddlebag Butterflyfish, Blackside Hawkfish and juveniles Oriental Sweetlips.

The air temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The 3mm or 5 mm wetsuit was recommended. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : MAY.04 – MAY.10, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.4

[#Maldives] Trip Report : MAY.04 – MAY.10, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.4

The day 5 was the last day of diving for this entire season! The 1st dive of the day was at Miyaru Kandu in the Vaavu atoll. The ocean has been stable with very good condition. The only one of my concern was the current condition. It was from outside to inside the channel, good enough. Can’t complain. We were welcomed by a school of Grey Reef Sharks at the edge of the channel. They went back and forth. The regular and fat Dogtooth Tunas and Napoleon appeared as well. What was special of the day was the number of the Bigeye Trevallies and Blue Trevallies!  I also introduced the indian ocean version of Elegant firefish as per guests’ request. They were more yellow than the one in Pacific ocean. The 2nd dive was at Kandooma Thila in the South Male atoll. We could witness the hunting scene of a Grey Reef Shark. A part of the back fin of a Redtoothed Triggerfish was sticking out of the Shark mouth! I introduced my group the colorful school of Collare Butterflyfish, which was the fish to see in the Indian ocean. The 3rd dive was at Villivaru GIri. We enjoyed to observe the endemic species such as Maldive Anemonefish, Maldive Triplefins, Maldive Sponge Snails and so on.  This spot has never disappointed us!The air temperature was 26-33 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C.

At last we would like to thank you all for choosing our trip. We are truly grateful for all the guests who joined our trips this season.  We will keep hard working to improve our services in order for increasing the guests’ satisfaction. See you again in the next season!


[Maldives] Trip Report : MAY.04 – MAY.10, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : MAY.04 – MAY.10, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.3

The day 4, the 1st dive was at Seventh Heaven in the South Ari atoll, which was one of my favorite dive sites. We could take a shower of Neon Fusiliers and Variablelined Fusiliers. The hunters such as Giant Trevallies, Bluefin Trevallies and Dogtooth Tunas were of course attacking the fusiliers. Spotted Eagle Rays were found in the blue water. Besides, we found 5 of Great Barracudas passing by as we came back to the main reef. Right before the 2nd dive at Dhigurah Out, we heard of the news of Whale Shark appearance. Quickly moved to the site and we made it to snorkel with the Whale Shark! hooray! The 3rd dive was at Alimathaa Jetty in the Vaavu atoll for a night dive. We started the dive before the sunset completed.  Because of the early start we could get our rock’n roll spot to observe the attraction! Yay!  Tawny Nurse Sharks, Giant Trevallies, Bluefin Trevallies and Pink Whipray appeared continuously.  This spot has never disappointed us!The air temperature was 26-33 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : MAY.04 – MAY.10, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : MAY.04 – MAY.10, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.2

The day 2, the 1st dive of the day was at Maayaa Thila in the North Ari atoll. It was such a nice day! The sky was super clear with no wind and no wave in the ocean. The surface looked like a big mirror. The visibility wasn’t great but it’s a good sign of bigger number of fish. We saw a great number of Fusiliers and Giant Trevallies, Blufin Trevallies and Dogtooth Tunas attacking the Fusiliers. The 2nd dive was at Fish Head. Even though Fish Head was one of the most popular diving spots in Maldives, however, there was only our boat to dive at that time! So lucky! We encountered with a group of Dolphins. My favorite was the cute little Spotted Eagle Ray! Besides, we could see Grey Reef Sharks relatively in the shore side. The 3rd dive was at Fesdhoo Wreck to enjoy macros! It was like a fun o find Gobbies.

The day 3, as same condition as the day before, very clear weather with no wind. The 1st dive of the day was at Maalhos Thila in the South Ari atoll. We made it a drift diving because the current was a bit strong. There was a blue soft coral world inside of the overhang. It was beautiful. You must bring a underwater light to see the real color of the soft corals here. The 2nd and the 3rd dives were at Moofushi Kandu aiming for Manta Rays. We could successfully observed 5 Manta Rays at their cleaning station! Hooray! The 4th dive was at Dega Thila, which has tall-twin-towers look of reeves. A school of Tiera Batfish welcomed us. The thing impressed me most was the group of cute Blue-green Chromises on the table corals. The air temperature was 26-33 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : MAY.04 – MAY.10, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.1

[#Maldives] Trip Report : MAY.04 – MAY.10, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.1

We have finished the last trip of this season in Maldives. Here is the report of the last trip.

The day 1, we started with a dive at Maagiri Rock in the North Male atoll.  There always are the other boats around when we have dive here because this is one of the most popular spots for a check dive. However, we were the only boat there at that time. Hooray!  We played at the main reef as usual. Bluestriped Snappers welcomed us at first with a perfect formation for us to take pictures. Then, we moved to the sand area to observe Zebra Mantis Shrimps, having Squat Shrimps around the nest. And I luckily found a tiny Nembrotha as well.  It seems like the juvenile of Palette Surgeonfish, which I have seen it everytime I come here since this season started, has gone.  About 8 of Mobulas were seen at the end. The 2nd dive was at Fish Tank. Pink Whiprays have become regular here. From the deep side, they kept appearing one by one.  The Moray Eels were decreased their numbers down to only three, coming out of the same hole. Normally it should be more than five or so. A little disappointed. Napoleon, Bluefin Trevallies and Dogtooth Tunas were seen as well. After the 2nd dive, we headed to the North Ari atoll.

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 : APR.27 – MAY.03, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : APR.27 – MAY.03, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.3

The day 5 was the last day for diving of this trip. The 1st dive of the day was at Miyaru Kandu in the Vaavu atoll. Again, the current was outgoing from the channel the same direction as the day before. At first, we looked macros such as Aurora Partner Gobbies, Imposter Fangblennies, Zebra Turkeyfish and Indian Dascyllus at the sand area. Especially I was very excited as I found the Tall-fin Shrimpgoby, which it was rare to see here. Just a 3cm size of body though! The 2nd dive was at Kandooma Thila in the South Male atoll. The current was a bit strong. We found some Spotted Eagle Rays flying away of the main reef. And about 50 of Grey Reef Sharks floating behind the rays. It was very exciting!  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 choosing our Fun Azul fleet for your vacation and also for making this trip fantastic! Hope to see you all again!


[Maldives] Trip Report : APR.27 – MAY.03, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : APR.27 – MAY.03, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.2

The day 3, the 1st and the 2nd dives of the day were at Moofushi Kandu in the South Ari atoll.  Many Grey Reef Sharks went by as we swam along the reef. The Whitetip Reef Sharks were very relaxing at the bottom. There were 5 of Manta Rays hovering at their cleaning station as well. The 3rd dive was at Radhdhiggaa Thila. I like it here very mystic. Especially for the diver who loves landscape this is the sight to see. We observed Blotcheye Soldierfish, Whitetip Soldierfish, endemic Madagascar Butterflyfish, Indian Bannerfish and Black Pyramid Butterflyfish.

The day 4, the 1st dive of the day was at Kudarah Thila in the South Ari atoll. There was a big yellow carpet made by a school of Bluestriped Snappers at the Thila. Giant Trevallies and Bluefin Trevallies also made a crowd at the place where the current hit. Besides, a baby Spotted Eagle Ray, Maldive Anemone fish family and Maldive Triple fin were seen. After the 1st dive we found a spot being very busy with snorkelers as we were moving for the 2nd dive at Lax Out. And it turned out there was a Whale Shark! Hooray! We immediately joined to the crowed with snorkel but the Whale Shark went deep. We went back to the boat and entered into the water with scuba gear this time. A Whale Shark appeared near the shore side, and we enjoyed the time with him for more than 20 minutes! Yay! The 3rd dive was at Miyaru Kandu in the Vaavu atoll. There was an outgoing current. Instead of Sharks, we ran into a school of Bigeye Barracudas! A school of Bigeye Trevallies followed. The 4th dive was at Alimathaa Jetty for a night dive. The visibility was great! Giant Trevallies, Bluefin Trevallies, Pink Whiprays and Tawny Nurse Sharks entertained us as always!

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 : APR.27 – MAY.03, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.1

[#Maldives] Trip Report : APR.27 – MAY.03, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.1

Hi! Here is the latest trip report from Maldives! The day 1, the first dive was at Maagiri Rock in the North Male atoll.  We found a yellow rock! And we found out that was a big school of Bluestriped Snappers as we got closer to it.  Then, cute Garden Eels and Spaghetti Eels welcomed us at the sand area. For the macro lovers, Aurora Partner Gobbies and Dracula Shrimp Gobbies coming out from the same one hole was the perfect scene to take a picture here. They were so cute!! The 2nd dive was at Rasdhoo Madivaru in the Rasdhoo atoll. Even though the current was not strong, still Sharks were waiting for us! Grey Reef Sharks were gracefully passed front of us. Giant Trevallies and Bluefin Trevallies were in the middle. As we followed to a Napoleon, the Napoleon lead us to a huge school, more than 500 of Bigeye Trevallies!

The day 2, we went to Kuramathi Kandu in the North Ari atoll for the 1st dive of the day. There was a big, about 1 meter size of Napoleon at the channel.  Some Grey Reef Sharks were swimming out side of the Channel. The 2nd dive was at Nika Point. Although there was a strong current, we all successfully reached to the point. Enjoyed beautiful soft corals in the overhang. As if the Sea Goldies and Indian Frame Fairy Basslets were the butterfly playing in a flower garden. The 3rd dive was at Maayaa Thila, which was the cleaning station for Sharks! There were many Grey Reef Sharks seen as expected! And there were also Giant Trevallies and Spotted Eagle Rays flying(swimming) together!  At the main reef, we found a Broadclub Cuttlefish! Hooray! The 4th dive was at Fesdhoo Goni trying to have a night dive with Manta Ray! The neighbor boat successfully attracted a Manta Ray and they shared the time with Manta with us! Thanks!! 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 : APR.20 – 26, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.4

[#Maldives] Trip Report : APR.20 – 26, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.4

The day 5, it was all cleared, very nice in the Vaavu atoll. The 1st dive of the last day for this trip was at Miyaru Kandu. The visibility was fantastic as we could see as further as 30 meters away! The channel was crowded by the Grey Reef Sharks. Especially one of them was surprisingly big, passed against  the current direction. There were also hundreds of Bigeye Trevallies streaming in the deep side. After observing the Sharks, we release the current hook and got drifted to the channel.  Getting drifted makes me feel so gooooooood!  The 2nd dive was at Kandooma Thila in the South Male atoll. I could say that this was the first time I had this much of great visibility here!  We found a Spotted Eagle Rays outside of the main reef. Grey Reef Sharks, Collare Butterflyfish and Napoleon were seen as well. The last dive of this trip was at Villivaru Gili for a relax diving. I like it here to be able to take beautiful pictures of Sea Goldies and endemic Indian Flame Anthias mixed together.  The corals we can see here are healthily remaining. That makes me happy.

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 amazing! Hope to see you all again!


[Maldives] Trip Report : APR.20 – 26, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : APR.20 – 26, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.3

The day 4 was like the day before, it was cloudy. The 1st dive of the day was at Seventh Heaven in the South Ari atoll, which was one of my favorite dive site. This place is very photogenic because of the colorful soft corals, Sea Goldies and Indian Lyretail Basslets. I can’t stop getting admired the view of this beautiful scene. Addition to that, the big school of Neon Fusiliers and Variablelined Fusiliers made it more spectacular this time. We moved to Ariyadhoo Out for the 2nd dive. But before the diving, we searched for Whale Sharks and luckily spotted it! Yay! We all jumped in to the water and successfully snorkeled with him. Unfortunately we could not find him with scuba dive. The 3rd dive was at Alimathaa Jetty in the Vaavu atoll as an excited night dive. There were huge Tawny Nurse Sharks! And one of them had some juveniles of Golden Trevally attached around his mouth. It was funny! The numbers of Giant Trevallies and Bluefin Trevallies was much greater than normal. It was worth to hold some beers till finish the night dive.

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 : APR.20 – 26, 2019, Male – Ari – Vaavu Route Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : APR.20 – 26, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Route Vol.2

The day 3, the 1st dive of the day was at Maalhos Thila in the North Ari atoll. There was very strong current in the water. We immediately moved to the overhang to avoid getting swept away by the current. The inside of the overhang was covered by the beautiful blue soft corals.  It was very fantastic scene with the blue soft corals, the yellow Bluestriped Snappers and the big red sea fan all combined. The 2nd and the 3rd dives were at Moofushi Kandu in the South Ari atoll. Yes! We got in first for this famous Manta spot. After us, other groups of scuba divers kept coming! We ended up sharing the spot and the two Manta Rays with about eighty scuba divers. For the 3rd dive we skipped the cleaning station and went to the deep side. Guess what we encountered with? It was a Bowmouth Guitarfish! Then, bunch of Grey Reef Sharks, about a half dozen of Spotted Eaglerays and Manta Rays were seen as well. Hooray! The 4th dive was at Radhdhiggaa Thila. It had to be a relax diving with going through the overhang. The inside of it was colored by the yellow soft corals. The huge schools of Blacktipped Squirrelfish, Sabre Squirrelfish and endemic Indian Bannerfish surprised us by their number. After dive we had a nice BBQ on the beach!

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