MY Sheena Logbook 15. – 21.04.2018
Here you can find the logbook from our Sheena Tour from 15 – 21.04.2018. We start from Filtheyo via Meemu to Vaavu Atoll and back and look forward to next week.
Dolphins Corner (check dive)
A little bit cloudy, but still nice day with calm sea. Sheena is fresh and ready to welcome new guest for the week trip to Meemu and Vaavu atoll.
All the guest arrived by noon and had lunch at the back of the boat with the majestic view of the crystal clear lagoon near filitheyo.
Since many divers were bit tired from a long travel, 5 of the 9 guests on board went for an easy Check dive at Dolphins Corner. Visibility was more than 20 meters with a slight out going current. Equipment and weight adjusted and dive started on the outside reef. A big school of eaglerays passed by, few dogtooth tunas and rainbow runners were swimming in the blue. Many different kind of snappers and reef fishes were all along the reef. Just before the safety stop a big napoleon visited us and went into the blue. Was an easy relaxed checkdive.
Dive 1 Barracuda Kadu
Dive 2 Western highlights
Dive 3 Mantas and more
As the sun rising to a beautiful weather, we enjoyed our morning coffee while dive guide is doing the briefing for Barracuda Kandu. With a very small current changing from incoming to outgoing at the channel corner, we had 4 grey reef sharks, few white tip sharks at the reef edge, a nurse shark resting under a small coral block, one baby eagle ray just hovering at the corner and then a mother eagle rays joining the baby. At the end of the dive two octopuses were getting ready for mating and another octopus came to watch while two octopuses holding hands to hand.
Western highlight was with a small incoming current. Visibility between 15 to 20 meters, dive started with a huge school of fusiliers, few white tips were cruising on the reef edge at deep. A school of big eyed trevallies were on the top reef as we came from deep to the tip reef. Different colours of sea snails, slugs and couple nudi branches were seen. Western highlight is always a great dive because of the untouched intact coral life on the Thila.
We then drove to the east side of Meemu atoll to dive Mantas and more. Manta season has not yet started for the east side of the atoll but we had lots of grey reef sharks, turtles, barracudas, big tunas, few eagle rays and a blotchy stingray during this dive with a medium incoming current.
Dive 1 Mantas & More
Dive 2 Simply the best
Dive 3 White tip station
As we had an amazing dive at mantas and more the previous day, we decided to repeat this dive in the morning. Unfortunately, no Manta ray, however it was again a great dive to see even more grey reef sharks, white tips, school of jacks and many more.
Guests wanted to have a dive inside the atoll on a Thila as we do most of sheena dives in the channels. So, we did Simply the Best as our second dive of the day. This reef has a beautiful topography. Huge overhangs, canyons, big bushes of black corals and some soft corals. Top reef is with full of small branching corals. There were a small group of big barracudas, big tunas on the hunt for fusiliers. School of banner fishes and a lot of snappers at the back of the Thila taking shelter from the current.
On the way to our last dive at white tip station, we had a school of dolphins jumping around near our diving Dhoni. Medium incoming current with a limited visibility. We had several grey reef sharks, few white tip reef sharks, a school of seven eagle rays in the blue and many more stuff in this amazing channel.
Dive 1 Happy Corner
Dive 2 Rakeedhoo Kandu
Dive 3 Fottheyo Kandu
Happy corner was with a medium outgoing current. We had a small school of four eagle rays at the beginning, 6 grey reef sharks, couple of white tip sharks and an enormous school of barracudas and trevallies inside the channel. We had a great 60 minutes happy at the happy corner.
Second dive at Rakeedhoo Kandu we had out going small current. We were lucky to see our friends baby grey reef sharks, which we meet every week. Some small school of giant barracudas, few white tip sharks, couple of big napoleons at the corner. On the way to finish the dive on the outside reef, we met a friendly turtle and another napoleon. The top reef outside Rakeedhoo Kandu is still in good condition with some nice table corals.
For our last dive of the day we drove to the most east channel of Vaavu atoll to Fottheyo.
This was an amazing dive. With a small outgoing current, we started the dive on the west side overhangs and swim throughs. Beautiful green and yellow soft corals. At the end of the dive a huge grey reef sharks, and couple of white tip sharks, big napoleon. This was an easy, relax and a beautiful dive.
Dive 1 Fottheyo Kandu
Dive 2 Fushi Kandu
Dive 3 Golden Wall
Dive 4 Alimatha house reef
Early morning, we jumped into the blue of Fottheyo Kandu hoping for some hammerhead sharks. Unfortunately no hammerhead but at the end of this dive on the channel edge, we had few white tips and grey reef sharks swimming back and forth. A big eagle ray passed by, two octopuses making love to each other. This was a great dive even with no hammerhead shark.
Second dive with a mild incoming current, we crossed the narrow channel and had a huge manta ray in the blue for few seconds. School of baby grey reef sharks with their parents were swimming inside the channel. A honeycomb morey eal, school of barracudas, a friendly turtle was with us allowing the divers to take unlimited pictures. This was an excellent dive. Third dive with a mild out going current, we were at golden wall drifting along the beautiful yellow wall full of soft corals. Many lionfishes, some flatworms and nudi branches, three manta mobulas in the blue, two white tip sharks resting on the bottom at 25 meters and a lot of snapped schooling at the end of the dive.
For the fourth dive we were at Alimatha jetty. Night dive was with some crazy huge nurse sharks and many stingrays plus hunting jacks. It was a cool dive.
Dive 1 Miyaru Kandu
Dive 2 Vattaru Kandu
Dive 3 Shark Point
Dive 4 Fenbo house reef
Early in the morning, Miyaru Kandu was with a mild incoming current with clear visibility. Dive started with one white tip reef shark, then came a school of baby grey reef sharks along with their parents, two eagle rays, a school of barracudas and jacks, dive ended with a Mobula ray towards safety stop. Vattaru Kandu was with a medium incoming from west, so we did the corner and outside reef. Beginning of the dive was a white tip shark, few lion fishes, couple of big napoleons, no luck with any manta but massive school of jacks and a grey reef shark inside the schooling jacks. This was an easy relaxed dive with so much to see.
Then we drove back to Meemu Atoll, dove in shark point. Current was flowing out of the channel, we had great time exploring the big overhangs full of soft corals, a feather tail stingray, two grey reef sharks, two big and small eagle rays, some more white tip reef sharks were on the top reef as we went for our safety stop. This was another chilled dive.
For the fourth dive, we head towards Fenboa Finolhu.
Night dive to the amazing house reef of Fenboa <island. A lot of small stuff to see in this healthy coral garden. Few different kinds of nudi branches, some lion fishes, moray eels swimming out of their territories, couple of octopuses out of their hole, white tip reef shark swimming along looking for food. This was a relaxed and great night dive.
Dive 1 Kingdom of fish
Dive 2 Filitheyo outside
First dive of the last day, we had in kingdom of fish. With a small out going current, we were surrounded by a massive school of yellow back fusiliers and from time to time blue and neon fusiliers were coming down towards us and then moving back close to the surface. A sting ray, one octopus, many dog tooth tunas. This was a nice last dive for most of the divers as they had an early flight next day.
For the last dive we cruise back to Faafu Atoll. Two of the nine divers were able to go for this dive because of the No fly time, medium incoming at Filitheyo outside, some white tip reef sharks were at the channel edge, many batfishes were curious towards divers, as always we get to see the baby white tip sharks resting under coral blocks on the top reef at the end of the dive.
Unfortunately it’s time to finish this amazing trip. We had good time at happy hour in Filitheyo Bar.