MY Sheena Logbook 18. – 25.08.2019
7-Day Tour – Filitheyo to Male
It’s our fourth trip for the for Sheena this season. We are starting from Filitheyo (Faafu Atoll) and heading all the way towards Malé (Kaafu Atoll)
During this trip we will be visiting the following atolls – Faafu Atoll, Meemu Atoll, Felidhe Atoll, Kaafu Atoll (south) and ending our trip in Malé.
18 August 2019
Today our tour starts with 5 guests on the boat: 2 from Germany and 3 from Austria. They all will be arriving into Filitheyo where we will pick some of them up from the Filitheyo airport while some are already staying in the resort 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 a light breakfast. 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 5 divers Ved was leading the group alone.
Dive 1 – Dolphin Corner ( Faafu 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 nice round of applause.
Soon later the guests started to head towards their cabin to get the much needed rest and prepare themselves for the next 7 days of adventure.
19 August 2019
Dive 2 – Barakuda Kandu (Faafu Atoll)
Dive 3 – Western Highlight (Meemu Atoll)
Dive 4 – Manta’s & More (Meemu Atoll)
Today the plan was to do 1 dive in Faafu Atoll and then cross towards Meemu atoll where we would do 1 dive on the west side of the atoll and then cross towards to the east near Medhufushi and do 1 last dive there. Some of highlights on today’s dives were at Barakuda Kandu where we saw a massive school of batfish and some eagle rays. While at Western Highlight we had a strong incoming curent which brought in a bigger school of eagle rays, loads of fish and at the end of the dive a hawksbill turtle and at Manta’s & More we had no mantas but grey reef sharks, some eagle rays and a nurse shark. Once back from the dives we visited the island Medhufushi where Werner Lau has a dive center and enjoyed happy hours at the bar. Good Day.
20 August 2019
Dive 5 – Manta’s & More (Meemu Atoll)
Dive 6 – Simply The Best ( Meemu Atoll)
Dive 7 – White Tip Station (Meemu Atoll)
Today the plan was to do 3 dives in Meemu atoll and then later in the evening visit the island Dhiggaru. Some of the highlights of today’s dives were at Manta’s & More there were no mantas but a lot more. We had some grey reef sharks, a small school of eagle rays, a green turtle, a massive school of snappers and a nurse shark waiting to be found. While at White Tip Station we had some grey reef sharks, a silver tip and loads of white tip sharks. At the end of the dive we had a massive pod of dolphins who came and visited our divers. Once back from the dive we visited the island Dhiggaru to see how people on a small island can live in love and peace. A beautiful day in paradise.
21 August 2019
Dive 8 – Happy Corner (Meemu Atoll)
Dive 9 – Happy Corner (Meemu Atoll)
Dive 10 – Divers Paradise (Meeemu Atoll)
As the sun rose over the horizon started another day of diving. Today the plan was to do 3 dives in Meemu atoll and then after the third dive cross towards Vaataru and stay the night there. Some highlights of today’s dives were at Happy Corner where we had loads of grey reef sharks, some white tip sharks, eagle rays, a nurse shark, a turtle and loads of reef fish. While at Divers Paradise we had a massive school of eagle rays, some grey reef sharks, white tip sharks and a feather tail stingray chilling on the sand. Another good day of diving.
22 August 2019
Dive 11 – Vaataru Kandu (Felidhe Atoll)
Dive 12 – Rakeedhoo Corner (Felidhe Atoll)
Dive 13 – Alimatha House Reef (Felidhe Atoll)
Today the plan was to do 1 dive in Vaataru and then cross towards Felidhe Atoll and do 2 dives there. Some of the highlights on today’s dives were at Vaataru Kandu we had some massive napoleons, some white tip sharks and a small family of devil rays. While at Alimatha House reef we had a 50-60 nurse sharks, some black tip sharks, some giant trevallys and some rays. Beautiful day of diving.
23 August 2019
Dive 14 – Alimatha Uthuru Kandu (Felidhe Atoll)
Dive 15- Kandhooma Thila (Kaafu Atoll South)
Dive 16 – Kandhooma Thila (Kaafu Atoll South)
Today the plan was to do 1 dive in Felidhe Atoll and then cross towards Kaafu Atoll South and do 2 dives there. Some of the highlights of today’s dives were at Alimatha Uthuru Kandu where we had a small incoming current with the visibility being at 12m as there were loads of plankton in the water. A little side information: when there is loads of plankton remember there is something underwater that’s gonna blow our minds and something did blow our minds we had 9 mantas who danced for us throughout the dive. On the dive we also had some grey reef sharks, and some eagle rays but noting could have topped the beautiful mantas. Then we dived a famous thila called Kandhooma Thila where we had small outgoing current for the second dive and a strong outgoing current for the third dive. On the dive we had massive schools of grey reef sharks, some white tips sharks, groupers, snappers and a school of eagle rays. Today was a perfect day of diving which left all divers awestruck.
24 August 2019
Dive 17 – Kandhooma Thila (Kaafu Atoll South)
Dive 18 – Guraidhoo Manta Point (Kaafu Atoll South)
Today the plan was to do 2 dives in Kaafu Atoll South and then cross to Malé. Some of the highlights of today’s dives were at Kandhooma Thila, where we had a small outgoing current which allowed us to easily relax and see the complete dive site. On the dive we had some barracudas, school of eagle rays, a school of grey reef sharks, a hawksbill turtle and loads of reef fish. For our second dive we visited Guraidhoo Manta Point with the current being a small outgoing and a sign indicating a chance to see a manta. But there weren’t any to be seen but it was still a good dive as the divers found a bunch of macro around the cleaning station rock. Once back the guests washed their equipment and relaxed until bed time.
25 August 2019
Today is the day we say goodbye with heavy heart as all our guests will be heading back home.
A memorable 7 days of complete fun and some awesome diving. Until next time keep diving and happy bubbles.