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[Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.25-FEB.01, 2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.25-FEB.01, 2020, #Male – #Rasdhoo – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.3

Day 5, the 1st dive of the day was at Kudimaa(Machchafushi) Wreck in the South Ari atoll. We were forced to change our plan to this point because of the strong current. This 60 meter-wreck was sunk on purpose. We found a Towney Nurse Shark asleep near the bottom. So many Luminous Cardinalfish were there at the stern. The 2nd dive was at Miyaru Kandu in the Vaavu atoll aiming for Sharks. “Miyaru” means Shark in the local language, Dhivehi. The current was stronger and incoming. About a dozen of Grey Reef Sharks and Whitetip Sharks showed up! Hooray! The 3rd dive was at Alimathaa Jetty as a night dive. This point has never disappointed you. Many of Towney Nurse Sharks, Giant Trevallies, Bluefin Trevallies and Pink Whiprays swam crazy around the light. We also enjoyed to see the fantastic scenery of Nurse Sharks gathering underneath of the Jetty while our safety stop.

Day 6, the last day of diving was started at Miyaru Kandu. We were welcomed by a big school of Bigeye Trevallies, which was continued from the top to the bottom of the out reef, we dove along with. A Spotted Eagle Ray was found near the channel edge. As we hooked to settle us there, Grey Reef Sharks, Whitetip Sharks and Dogtooth Tunas went by. It was very exciting! The last dive was at Deevana Kandu. We continued observing many of Grey Reef Sharks and Whitetips. Big Napoleon Fish was also appeared.  The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 26-28 deg.C. The visibility was 10-40 meters.

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


[Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.25-FEB.01, 2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.25-FEB.01, 2020, #Male – #Rasdhoo – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.2

Day 3, the 1st dive of the day was at Fish Head in the North Ari atoll. A big wall of False Moorish Idols welcomed us in the water. And some Black Pyramid Butterflyfish were hidden among them.  About 7 Grey Reef Sharks were seen offshore. The bluefin Trevallies and Giant Trevallies were hunting Fusiliers with roar. On the other hand, the Hawksbill Turtle was asleep in the overhang. It was cute that he was too big to be hidden in the hole. The 2nd and the 3rd dives were at Moofushi Kandu in the South Ari atoll. The current was incoming to the atoll. We hopped in from the outreef.  We could observe Whitetip Reef Sharks and Grey Reef Sharks. Then, settled at the cleaning station. Luckily there were 3 Manta Rays appeared after we waited for a while.  The current changed to stream outgoing but the three Manta Rays were still there, at the cleaning station.  We finished diving for the day. However, we tried to see Whale Sharks night time. We enjoyed snorkel with two Whale Sharks, which were having plankton snack around the boat next to our boat.

Day 4, the 1st dive of the day was at Rangali Madivaru in the South Ari atoll. We had heard of the appearance at this point for both of the Manta and Whale Shark in the morning the day before. So our expectation was super high! Indeed, there were three Manta Rays getting cleaned at the top of the reef. One of them was very friendly that hovered above us for a while. The 2nd dive was at Bodufinolhu Out aiming for Whale Shark. As we almost gave up on the search of Whale Shark and were about to start our safety stop, a Whale Shark showed up from behind! It was very exciting! The 3rd dive was at Maamigiri Out. We could see a Whale Shark at the shore from the dhoni, however, it was too hard for us to get in because of the raging wave on the surface. After the dinner, we had a nice and romantic beach BBQ dinner. The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-40 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.25-FEB.01, 2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.1

[#Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.25-FEB.01, 2020, #Male – #Rasdhoo – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.1

Day 1, the check dive was held at Maagiri Rock in the North Male atoll. We started the day a little later since all the guests checked in the night before lately. As we arrived at the point, there was no other dive boats around! Lucky! It was very calm and relax. The Bluestriped Snappers at the main reef were beautiful as always. The Trilobate Frogfish that we found last week was still there. For me it looked just like a black rock. Good job on pretending! I also introduced the Maldive Sponge Snail moving very slowly. The 2nd dive was at Fish Tank. It became a relax diving with a great visibility too. There were about 50 of Pink Whiprays and Blotched Fantail Rays at the sand area. And there was a wall of False Moorish Idols plus Neon Fusiliers in the mid layer.

Day 2, the 1st dive of the day was at Rasdhoo Madivaru in the Rasdhoo atoll. We encountered with a lot of Grey Reef Sharks, Bigeye Barracudas, Teira Batfish and big Napoleonfish. The 2nd dive was at Kan Thila in the North Ari atoll. We normally come here often in the rainy season. So it’s been a while to dive here in the dry season. The Whitetip Reef Sharks were resting in the bottom as we dove along with the reef. Variablelined Fusiliers, Neon Fusiliers were getting attacked by Dogtooth Tunas. Besides, about a dozen of the Grey Reef Sharks were suddenly appeared in front of us! The 3rd dive was at Maaya Thila aiming for Sharks because there was a Sharks’ cleaning station. We successfully observed many of Grey Reef Sharks! The 4th dive was at Maayafushi Lagoon aiming for night Manta. The three Manta Rays showed up and stayed with us for long time. Because they were there after our dive, some of us went back into the water with snorkel.

The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-40 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.18 -24,2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.18 – 24, 2020, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.3

Day 5, the last day for diving started with the 1st dive at Fesdhoo Wreck in the North Ari atoll. The wind was a bit strong on the surface but it was unexpectedly mellow current waited for us underwater. We enjoyed to see big sea fans and a big school of Luminous Cardinalfish around the wreck. We even found a pink Commerson’s Frogfish hidden at the side of the wreck. In the sand area, we saw Aurora Partner Gobbies and Dracula Shrimp Gobbies opening and closing their mouths. So cute! The 2nd dive was at Fish Head, which was one of the best diving spots in terms of the numbers of the fish in Maldives. Indeed, huge numbers of Yellowback Fusiliers, Variablelined Fusiliers, Neon Fusiliers were there getting attacked by Dogtooth Tunas and Bluefin Tunas. The big wall made by False Moorish Idols impressed us very well. On the top of the reef, we saw the act of courtship of a couple of Octopuses by changing its color. The 3rd dive was already the last dive of this trip at Maaya Thila. The obstacles of a bit strong current and a relatively poor visibility, we saw somehow Grey Reef Shark at their cleaning station but not clearly. Instead, we clearly and closely saw the schools of False Moorish Idols and Black Pyramid Butterfly in the middle layer. After wandering along with the reef and overhangs, we found a Hawksbill Turtle eating snacks at the top of the reef. He totally ignored us and kept on eating! Lastly, a Napoleonfish appeared and said good bye to us! Thanks! The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-30 meters. Thank you all for joining us and also for making this trip wonderful! Hope to see you all again!


[Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.18 -24,2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.18 – 24, 2020, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.2

Day 3, we started the day with a search for Whale Shark in the South Ari atoll. Luckily we found a Whale Shark near our boat! We jumped in with snorkel and observed him a while! Hooray!  We got out of the water, rested on the boat. Then, we found another Whale Shark!! We quickly got ready and jumped into the water with snorkel again! Wow! How lucky! The 1st dive of the day was at Sun Island Out. And the 2nd dive was at Kudarah Thila. We enjoyed the beautiful soft corals in the swim through. It was very energetic that Sea Goldies and Indian Flame Anthias showing some act of courtship.  We had a nice and romantic BBQ dinner on the white sand beach.

Day 4, the 1st dive of the day was at Rangali Madivaru, which had many of Mantas’ cleaning station. Humpback Red Snappers had a long array of about 10 meters! As we had a safety stop, a Manta Ray showed up! Unfortunately not all of the guests could see it. The 2nd and the 3rd dives were at Moofushi Kandu. We successfully found Mantas 4 of them for the 2nd dive and 6 of them for the 3rd dive! We could observe them very well. I was relieved! The 4th dive was at Fesdhoo Goni in the North Ari atoll aiming for Manta Ray in a night dive. Right after we settled at the bottom, a Manta Ray approached us rapidly! Besides, big Tawny Nurse Sharks and a big school of Indian Mackerel were seen. We had two guests had their milestones of 600th dive and 300th dive. Congratulations! We were very happy to have your memorable dive with us! The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-40 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.18 -24,2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.1

[#Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.18 – 24, 2020, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.1

Day 1, the 1st dive was at Maagiri Rock in the North Male atoll. It was the perfect condition for a check dive with almost no current. Bluestriped Snappers were lined up very appropriately!? What surprised us was a black Frogfish. It took a while for us to figure out which side is its head though.  The 2nd dive was at Kuda Giri Wreck in the South Male atoll. We did observe a lot of macro and epidemic species of Indian Ocean. The 3rd dive was at Alimathaa Jetty in the Vaavu atoll. There were 4 dive boats as we arrived at the point. Still we could get to see many of the Tawny Nurse Sharks, Pink Whiprays, Giant Trevallies and Bluefin Trevallies. Especially, the Nurse Sharks’ stream was my favorite to see.

Day 2, the 1st dive of the day was at Miyaru Kandu in the Vaavu atoll. We entered from the South side, which was the opposite way from the other dive boats so that we could run into the Sharks! Hooray! The plan worked! At the channel edge, many of the Grey Reef Sharks and Whitetip Reef Sharks swam back and forth in front of us! As we looked up, there were many fat Dogtooth Tunas and Bluefin Trevallies streaming! Plus, we saw a school of Bigeye Trevallies in a distance. The 2nd and the 3rd dives were at Fotteyo, which was famous with many of healthy soft corals. Especially the ones inside of the overhangs were so beautiful in yellow. At first, Teira Batfish welcomed us in the water. Then, a couple of Spotted Eagle Rays passed above us! Besides, Grey Reef Sharks, Giant Trevallies, Dogtooth Tunas, Black Jacks and Bigeye Trevallies were seen! The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-30 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.04 -10,2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.5

[#Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.04 – 10,2020, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.5

Day 5 was the last day for this trip already. The 1st dive of the day was at Fish Head in the North Ari atoll. What surprised us immediately after the entry was the visibility. It was super clear! Yet, the sea creatures were crazily crowded. The great amount of Neon Fusiliers and Variablelined Fusiliers in the mid layer was getting attacked by Giant Trevallies and Bluefin Trevallies. On the other hand, False Moorish Idols and Teira Batfish were very laid-back swimming by. The 2nd and the 3rd dives were at Rasdhoo Madivaru in the #Rasdhoo atoll. Luckily we encountered with the all stars of Maldives there! At first, about a dozen of Grey Reef Sharks came up to us back and forth. Next, total 17 of Spotted Eagle Rays appeared graciously. Then,  a very friendly Alfred Manta Ray showed up! It hovered again and again in front of us! Some of our teams observed Aurora Shrimpgobbies and Dracula Shrimpgobbies at the sand area.  Besides, a school of Bigeye Trevallies, super fat Dogtooth Tunas and big Napoleons were seen. We fully enjoyed the site.  The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 30-40 meters. Thank you all for joining us and also for making this trip fantastic! Hope to see you all again!


[Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.04 -10,2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.4

[#Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.04 – 10,2020, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.4

Day 4, it was clear, nice blue sky. The 1st dive of the day was at Five Rocks in the South Ari atoll. This is one of my favorite spots in Maldives because we can enjoy many overhangs, water corridors and healthy soft and hard corals. There were many Neon Fusiliers and Variablelined Fusiliers at the place where the currents met. The iron regulars here like Dogtooth Tunas, Bluefin Trevallies and Giant Trevallies were seen as well. And the healers, Seagoldies and Indian Frame Basslets were beautifully dancing on the top of the reef. The 2nd and the 3rd dives were at Moofushi Kandu. There were many Whitetip Reef Sharks resting at the sand area.  More than 30 of them, I guessed. Unfortunately there was no Manta Rays found at their cleaning station although many scuba divers were there to see Mantas. Surprisingly we could find a Leaf Scorpionfish. Although I was not sure if that was as same as the one we found last year at the same spot! The 4th dive was at Maayafushi Lagoon in the North Ari atoll aiming for night Manta Rays. We saw total 5 of Manta Rays during the night dive! The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-20 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.04 -10,2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.04 – 10,2020, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.3

Day 3, we left for the South Ari atoll aiming for the snorkel with Whale Shark in the early morning. We successfully found a Whale Shark and jumped into the water. It was a bit smaller as 5-meter-size but swam relatively slow enough for us to observe. The 1st dive was at Sun Island Out in the South Ari atoll. And the 2nd dive was at Kudarah Thila. The current was bit strong. However it made many of the fish in the middle layer busy and also made the visibility fantastic. Especially there were many Fusiliers just like a preserve.  And the hunters like Bluefin Trevallies, Giant Trevallies and Dogtooth Tunas were working hard to prey.  The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-40 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.04 -10,2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.04 – 10,2020, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.2

Day 2, the 1st dive of the day was  at Miyaru Kandu in the Vaavu atoll. The weather was fantastic, almost no cloud in the sky!  In the water, there was incoming current from out side of the atoll. There were schools of Bigeye Trevallies and Blue Trevallies at the channel edge. And also many Grey Reef Sharks were attacking those Trevallies. We dove for the 2nd and the 3rd dives at Fotteyo. We found the school of Spotted Eagle Rays unexpectedly. Plus, about 50 of Teira Batfish were making a formation very well. We went to see the dynamic overhang and cave along with the out reef. There were beautiful yellow and white soft corals blooming. The endemic Resplendent Goldies were found in one of the overhangs at the deep side. It’s characterized by the red edged abdominal fin. So beautiful. At last, we encountered with a rested Zebra Shark in the sand area right before our safety stop!! For me, it is more rare to see than whale shark in Maldives. The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 26-28 deg.C. The visibility was 30-40 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.04 -10,2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.1

[#Maldives] Trip Report : JAN.04 – 10,2020, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.1

Day 1, the check dive was held at Maagiri Rock in the North Male atoll.  The weather has been calm recently. The fewer squalls with less windy condition and the better visibility made me think that the best season of Maldives, which was the dry season, has finally arrived!   The Bluestriped Snappers welcomed us at the main reef as usual. We found the Emperor Shrimps and Squat Shrimps looking after the house of Banded Mantis Shrimp in the sand area. The 2nd dive was at Fish Tank. We were surprised by the number of Pink Whiprays! Oh my goodness. There were more than a hundred of them gushing out from the deep side one after another. The 3rd dive was at Alimathaa Jetty in the Vaavu atoll, of course, it was a night dive. Tawny Nurse Sharks, Pink Whiprays and Giant Trevallies were tumbling around. And again, we enjoyed the big stream of the Tawny Nurse Sharks’ river as we looked up!  The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-30 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.28,2019 – JAN.03,2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.5

[#Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.28,2019 – JAN.03,2020, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.5

Day 5, the last day of diving for this new year trip! The 1st dive of the day was at Maaya Thila in the North Ari atoll. The weather was very nice with no wind nor wave. The Spotted Eagle Ray we encountered at the beginning was a bit different from normal that it didn’t swam away quickly but elegantly swam around us again and again. Thanks! The Grey Reef Sharks and Whitetip Reef Sharks were also there at relatively shallower compare to usual. That was good for us to take their pictures! The 2nd and the 3rd dives were held at Rasdhoo Madivaru in the Rasdhoo atoll. This is the famous Grey Reef Shark point in the dry season. They get closer to the diver and for the diver gets easier to observe them. Thankfully there was a good condition that we could see about a dozen of Grey Reef Sharks going back and forth almost forever! Besides, Spotted Eagle Rays, Napoleon, and surprisingly gigantic Dogtooth Tunas entertained us. Plus, it was rare that we encountered with a school of Blackfin Barracudas! And lastly, a big school of Skipjacks appeared while our safety stop!! Yay! The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-40 meters.

Thank you all for choosing our Fun Azul Fleet and also for making this trip amazing! Hope to see you all again!


[Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.28,2019 – JAN.03,2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.4

[#Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.28,2019 – JAN.03,2020, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.4

Day 4, the 1st dive of the new year day was at Kudarah Thila in the South Ari atoll.  The current was neither too strong or too weak. The number of Bluefin Trevallies and Giant Trevallies was fewer than normal. The number of Dogtooth Tunas was more than normal by contrast. The Spotted Eagle Rays, which we had not seen lately, were there gracefully in the middle. The Bluestriped Snappers spread just like a big yellow carpet, covering a reef. Plus, the Yellowback Fusiliers and Yellowdash Fusiliers were impressive to me. The 2nd dive was at Moofushi Kandu. We successfully encountered with many of Grey Reef Sharks at the channel edge as expected. They surprised us that most of the Grey Reef Sharks started preying at the same time, out of the blue. Besides, total 4 Alfred Mantas appeared at their cleaning station. The 3rd dive was at Fish Head in the North Ari atoll. The beautiful formation of the False Moorish Idols were seen as usual. The 4th dive was at Maayafushi Lagoon as a night Manta. Total 3 of Alfred Manta Rays showed up! Yay! The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-30 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.28,2019 – JAN.03,2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.28,2019 – JAN.03,2020, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.3

Day 3, the last day of 2019, it was a perfect weather for searching Whale Sharks. We left the Vaavu atoll in the early morning for the 1st dive at Dhighdhoo Out in the South Ari atoll. We drifted along with the reef searching but there was no whale sharks found. As we got out there was a group snorkeling near our boat. Guess what? There was a Whale Shark! We immediately jumped into the water and snorkeled with it! Then, there was another group snorkeling nearby after we got to the boat. Of course we jumped in again. Yes, it was the Whale Shark no. 2 of the day! After lunch, we tried the encounter for Whale Sharks with diving this time not with snorkeling at the point of Maamigiri Out. Not waiting so long in the water, we heard one of our guides banging his tank strongly. It was a Whale Shark! We swam very hard to him but some of us only saw its back fin.  Because we dashed off so hard, we needed some rest at relatively shore place. Then, guess what happened? Another Whale Shark appeared at the shore! Oh my goodness! It was such a fantastic closing of the year of 2019! The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 20-40 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.28,2019 – JAN.03,2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.28,2019 – JAN.03,2020, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.2

Day 2, the 1st dive of the day was at Golden Wall in the Vaavu atoll. The current was incoming to the inside of the channel.  We could see the Grey Reef Sharks and Bigeye Trevallies at the edge of the channel. But  it was a little bit too deep.  The reef in the channel was busy with Sea Goldies as usual. The polyps of soft corals were blooming but the current was too strong for us to observe it well. The 2nd and the 3rd dives were at Fotteyo. We deliberately took the course of dynamic overhangs and caves. The yellow soft corals were so beautiful. Exquisite Firefish were introduced very well since there were many. Besides, Bigeye Trevallies, Dogtooth Tunas, Giant Trevallies, Spotted Eagle Rays and Grey Reef Sharks were seen.  Even Dolphins came by the boat while we were moving in between dive points. At the end of the day, we arrived at the night Whale Shark spot, where became so famous recently. There were 11 boats for the night Whale Shark! And yes, we saw it!  The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 26-28 deg.C. The visibility was 30-40 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.28,2019 – JAN.03,2020, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.1

[#Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.28,2019 – JAN.03,2020, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.1

Our new year trip was started with a check dive at Maagiri Rock in the North Male atoll. It was a perfect condition for a check dive with almost no current. The Longnose Hawkfish, Starry dragonets, Banded Reef Gobbies and McCosker’s Flasher Wrasse were introduced. The 2nd dive was at Kuda Giri Wreck in the South Male atoll. We stayed inside of the atoll because of the big rough wave outside. Luminous Cardinalfish was being attacked by Bluefin Trevallies near the wreck. And I was surprised how much the hard coral here had grown up healthily. And various Chromises have made their habitat happily. Besides, my favorite Redeye gobbies and the mouth breeder Large Toothed Cardinalfish that held as many egg as possible were seen. The 3rd dive was at Miyaru Kandu in the Vaavu atoll. We barely kept our position at the edge of the channel with current hook. And Sharks were easily swam around there back and forth. The Dogtooth Tunas were soooooo big!  The 4th dive was at Alimathaa Jetty for a night dive. Surprisingly we were the only divers who enjoyed the night dive at that time. Tawny Nurse Sharks, Pink Whiprays, Bluefin Trevallies and Black Jacks were very aggressive as usual. Especially I love to see the river of Tawny Nurse Sharks streaming here. The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-40 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.21 – 28, 2019, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.3

[#Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.21 – 28, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.3

Day 5, the last day of diving for this trip started at Kandooma Thila in the South Male atoll. The 1st and the 2nd dives were held there. We hooked ourselves near the cleaning station where the Grey Reef Sharks came again and again like an endless loop. And the rare species, mix of Indian Smoke Angelfish and Threespot Angelfish were there for us to observe.  The 3rd dive was at Fish Tank in the North Male atoll. Numerous Pink Whiprays, Blotched Fantail Rays and False Moorish Idols were bubbling up from the deep side! As always we didn’t forget to introduce the famous Moray Eels’ apartment. The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-30 meters.

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

 


[Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.21 – 28, 2019, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.2

[#Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.21 – 28, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.2

Day 3, we started the day with the 1st dive at Seventh Heaven in the South Ari atoll.  There was a complicated current which confused us a bit. The beautiful soft-coral-field is the site to see. It was just like a colorful flower garden. We could see Whitetip Reef Sharks at the sand area and underneath of overhang. All they were asleep or resting. Plus about a dozen of Napoleon fish appeared too!  The 2nd dive was at Fenfushi Out aiming for Whale Sharks. Unfortunately we could not see any of them, but many other fish like schools of Fusiliers, Rainbow Runners, Dogtooth Tunas and Barracudas were seen. At night time, we arrived a spot which has a rumor that is a hot spot of Whale Sharks.  We waited and waited,, then gave up to go to bed. Suddenly it was around 2:30 am, we hard of an exiting voice of a crew that said “Whale Shark!” Indeed, there was a Whale Shark finally showed up! Wow, I was admired of the crew’s persistence.

Day 4, the 1st dive of the day was at Fotteyo in the Vaavu atoll. We dove along with the out reef this time. There were dynamic overhangs and caves. And most famously the yellow soft corals are beautifully bloomed inside of those overhangs and caves.  We could successfully observe Exquisite Firefish, which the fish of the Vaavu atoll we should see. The 2nd dive was at Golden Wall. The reef located at the west side of the channel is fully covered by beautiful soft coral. The Sea Goldies, various Anthias and Butterflyfish were happily dancing in the channel. The 3rd dive was at Miyaru Kandu. Luckily we were the only group diving at the time! We could exclusively enjoy the observation of Grey Reef Sharks, Bigeye Trevallies, Spotted Eagle Rays, fat Dogtooth Tunas, Giant Trevallies and huge Napoleon. The 4th dive was at Alimathaa Jetty as a night dive. It is such a popular site. We saw some boats already tied up. However, somehow, there were no other divers underwater! We exclusively enjoyed the exciting scene of Tawny Nurse Sharks, Pink Whiprays, Giant Trevallies, Bluefin Trevallies and Black Jacks all tumbling in and out. Especially it was fantastic that the numerous Tawny Nurse Sharks was streaming like a river as we looked up.

The water temperature was 26-33 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-40 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.21 – 28, 2019, Male – Ari -Vaavu Trip Vol.1

[#Maldives] Trip Report : DEC.21 – 28, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Vaavu Trip Vol.1

Here is the Christmas trip report!  Day 1, the trip was started with a check dive at Maagiri Rock in the North Male atoll. There was almost no current, suitable condition for a check dive. My routine here is checking up on the Palette Surgeonfish juvenile.  It’s healthily grown up by a little! At the main reef the regular Bluestriped Snappers welcomed us with a beautiful formation.  The 2nd dive was at Maaya Thila in the North Ari atoll. It was cute to see the couple of Golden Trevallies getting cleaned. We saw many of Whitetip Reef Sharks taking a nap at the sand area. The 3rd dive was at Maayafushi Lagoon as a night manta dive. We successfully attracted an Alfred Manta, which hovered around us again and again. Exciting!

Day 2, it was cloudy. The surface was very calm just like a big mirror spread. The 1st dive was at Fish Head. The Grey Reef Sharks were in the deeper side at the beginning but came up to the same level as our depth as the current gradually got stronger. Some of them was getting cleaned at the cleaning station with their mouth wide opened. The 2nd dive was at Moofushi Kandu in the South Ari atoll, which was well known as a Manta point in the dry season. At the edge of the channel, there were many of Grey Reef Sharks swimming back and forth. The Yellowback Fusiliers were pouring like a shower! And we were very lucky that we could see total 8 of Manta Rays dancing at a time at the Mantas’ cleaning station. The 3rd dive was at Kudarah Thila. The big number of Bluestriped Snappers were there as if there was a big yellow carpet. Surprisingly Tiera Batfish was gathered over a hundred. They were very friendly to us that they got very closer.

The water temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 10-30 meters. To be continued…


[Maldives] Trip Report : NOV.23 – DEC.02, 2019, Male – Ari -Baa Full Trip Vol.5

[#Maldives] Trip Report : NOV.23 – DEC.02, 2019, #Male – #Ari – #Baa Full Trip Vol.5

Day 7 was designated to be a search for whale shark day! We had 2 dives at Lux Out in the South Ari atoll. However, it was the worst weather day of the trip. Unfortunately, we could not find any of them but something happened beyond our expectation! We suddenly noticed that there was a blowing-air on the surface from our dhoni. We got closer to it very quietly. Then, guess what? A Whale! It was much bigger than our dhoni! Incredible! We happily ran with it side by side for a while.

Day 8, finally the sun came out clearly on the last day of this trip. The 1st dive was at Kandooma Thila in the South Male atoll. The hundreds of Bigeye Trevallies welcomed us in the water. What surprised us most here was the Hybrid Angelfish, which were mix of Indian Smoke Angelfish and Threespot Angelfish. Besides, there were Spotted Eagle Ray and Grey Reef Sharks at the cleaning station. They all woke us up very well. The 2nd dive was at Maagiri Rock in the North Male atoll. We enjoyed the hide and go seek with the baby Palette Surgeonfish underneath of table corals. The endemic Starry Dragonets, Tall-fin Shrimpgobbies and Dracula Shrimpgobbies entertained us near the main reef and the sand area. The trip finished with the last dive at Fish Tank. Of course it was aimed for Giant Guitarfish! And we made it!!!!!!!!  Awesome! We also celebrated one of our guests memorable dive of the 1200th tank! Congratulations! Hope we have you for your next milestone here as well!

The air temperature was 26-31 deg.C. The water temperature was 28-29 deg.C. The visibility was 20-30 meters. Thank you all for joining us and also for making this trip amazing! Hope to see you all again!