MY Sheena Logbook 15. – 22.09.2019
7-Day Trip – from Male to Filitheyo
It’s another trip and our fifth for the for Sheena this season. We are starting from Male (Kaafu Atoll) and heading all the way towards Filitheyo (Faafu Atoll).
During this trip we will be visiting the following atolls – Kaafu Atoll (north), Kaafu Atoll (South), Felidhe Atoll, Meemu Atoll and ending our trip in Faafu Atoll.
15 September 2019
Today our tour starts with 5 guests on boat 3 from Germany and 2 from Switzerland. They all will be arriving into Male where we will pick them up from the airport and take them to their home for the next 7 days.
Once arrived on boat they were provided with a welcome drink and a welcome briefing and later shown their cabins which later followed upon with brunch. After a little rest the bell rang for the first dive briefing which is later followed on with a Dhoni briefing and the check dive where the guests could check all their equipment and make sure they are weighted properly. As we were only 4 divers leading the group was Ved.
Dive 1 – Kurumba House reef (Kaafu Atoll) (Check dive)
Once back from the check dive tea and coffee was prepared and then Ved gave a current briefing where he explains how to dive in the current and the difference between a kandu, a thila and a giri.
Later after dessert a general boat briefing about the full boat was given and then Ved presented to the guests the itinerary for the next 7 days. At the end we had a crew introduction where the guests are introduced to the crew which ended with a huge round of applause.
Soon later the guests started to head towards their cabin to get the most needed rest and prepare themselves for the next 7 days of adventure.
16 September 2019
Dive 2 – Fish Factory (Kaafu Atoll North)
Dive 3 – Kuda Giri (Kaafu Atoll South)
Dive 4 – Guraidhoo Corner (Kaafu Atoll South)
Today the plan was to do 1 dive in Kaafu atoll north and then do 2 dives in Kaafu atoll south.
The first dive we dived at a place called the fish factory where encountered multiple rays, some honeycomb morey eels and loads of trevallys. Then for the second dive we crossed towards Kaafu Atoll south and dived at Kuda Giri where we dived a shipwreck which was touching the reef in extremely good condition and then for the last dive we went to the Guraidhoo Corner where we had a medium strong incoming current which bought loads of grey reef sharks, eagle rays cruising along, massive napoleons, 2 green turtles and loads of snappers. Good day of diving.
17 September 2019
Dive 5 – Kandooma Thila (Kaafu Atoll South)
Dive 6 – 13 Eagle Rays (Felidhe Atoll)
Dive 7 – Just Like Old Times (Felidhe Atoll)
Today the plan was to do 1 dive in Kaafu Atoll South then cross towards Felidhe Atoll and do 2 more dives anchoring around Felidhoo. Some of the highlights during today’s dives where at Kandooma Thila where we had loads of grey reef sharks on the cleaning station, a small school of eagle rays, some green and hawksbill turtle. Soon once back on the boat we cruised towards 13 eagle rays where we had a small incoming current. During the dive we had not 13 but 14 eagle rays cruising along in the distance a beautiful sight to watch. A very good day.
18 September 2019
Dive 8 – Just Like Old Times (Felidhe Atoll)
Dive 9 – Amilatha Uthuru Kandu (Felidhe Atoll)
Dive 10 – Alimatha House Reef (Felidhe Atoll)
Today the plan was to do 3 dives in Felidhe Atoll. Some of the highlights during today’s dives was at Alimatha Uthuru Kandu where we saw a massive marble ray, a big school of barracudas, some eagle rays and some grey reef sharks cruising in the current. While for the night dive we visited Alimatha House Reef where we encountered around 200+ nurse sharks, some stingrays and some black tip sharks. A beautiful day of diving.
19 September 2019
Dive 11 – Amilatha Uthuru Kandu (Felidhe Atoll)
Dive 12 – Rakeedhoo Corner (Felidhe Atoll)
Dive 13 – Happy Corner (Meemu Atoll)
Today the plan was to do 2 dives in Felidhe atoll and then cross towards Meemu atoll and do one dive there, and when done with the dives anchor near the local island Dhiggaru and visit it too. Some of today’s highlights were at Alimatha Uthuru Kandu where the divers saw some grey reef sharks, a big school of barracudas, jacks, eagle ray. Then we visited a dive site where divers just become happy, at happy corner we had a big school of jacks, some barracudas, white tips, marble ray hiding under a rock and some grey reef sharks getting cleaned. A true beautiful site to watch. Once back from the dives we visited the beautiful local island of Dhiggaru. Beautiful day in paradise.
20 September 2019
Dive 14 – Happy Corner (Meemu Atoll)
Dive 15 – Happy Corner (Meemu Atoll)
Dive 16 – Western Highlight (Meemu Atoll)
Today the plan was to do 3 dives in Meemu atoll then cross towards Faafu Atoll. Some of the highlights of today’s dives were at happy corner where we dived twice the conditions were beautiful loads of sharks, barracudas, jacks and some eagle rays cruising along. While at western highlight we had visibility of around 60m+ and during the dive we had a school of eagle rays cruising in the current and some grey reef sharks. Once all aboard we decided to cross towards Faafu Atoll.
21 September 2019
Dive 17 – Barakuda Kandu (Faafu Atoll)
Dive 18 – One Way Ticket (Faafu Atoll)
Today the plan was to do 2 dives in Faafu atoll then in the evening visit Filitheyo island for happy hours at the bar. Some of the highlights of today’s dives were at Barakuda Kandu where the divers saw some massive tunas, lobsters, some barracuda and some white tip cursing along the current. For the last dive we went to One Way Ticket at Faafu where we just drifted along for 60min. During the dive we encountered some tunas and a very beautiful white mouth morey eel. Once done with the dives some divers cleaned their equipment while the others relaxed till the evening when they visited Filitheyo for Happy Hour.
22 September 2019
Today we say goodbye to our guest who became friends and a family member of the Sheena.
Until next time, Keep diving and happy bubbles.