MY Sheena Logbook 22. – 29.04.2018
For this trip we forecasted good weather even in the beginning of south west monsoon. A small group of five divers are to join sheena for a week diving trip in the central and southern atolls.
Dolphins Corner (check dive)
All the guest arrived before head and had some relaxed time in Filitheyo before joining us for a check dive at Dolphins corner. This was with a mild incoming current with clear visibility, we had white tip reef sharks, couple of octopuses, the big school of bump head snappers, one eagle ray, and a lots of reef fish along a school of red snappers at the safety stop. This was an easy relaxed check dive with so much fish.
Dive 1 Barracuda Kandu
Dive 2 Aribeach Beyru
Dive 3 Dhigurah Arches
Sun rises to a beautiful day in paradise 🙂
Calm sea and amazing weather. A mild incoming current with visibility like 20 meters, dive started with some white tip reef sharks, we had one eagle ray along the channel edge coming close to divers from time to time. A school of five eagle rays were swimming far in the blue. Unfortunately, no grey reef sharks, but baby white tips resting down under table corals, plenty of Bat fishes at the safety stop. Then we drove to south Ari atoll, dive to the outer reef of Ari beach island. Easy drift along the reef. Had some white tips, black tip reef sharks on the top reef, a feather tailed sting ray passing by, three octopuses and some lionfishes. Unfortunately no whale shark.
For the third dive we went to the inside reef of DhigurahIsland (Dhigurah Arches) hoping for some Mantas, we had no mantas but a very playful stingray, some nice nudi branches, white tip reef sharks, this was also great to swim through the arches and getting inside the overhangs
Dive 1 Five Rocks
Dive 2 Dhidhoo Beyru
Dive 3 Fiyaathoshi Kandu
For the first dive we went to five rocks, was a small outgoing current, visibility was a bit less like 15 meters. This was cool to swim through the rocks inside the canyons, reef full of tiny fan corals of many colours, couple of white tip reef sharks, a napoleon and the reef full of small fishes. On the way back to Sheena after the first dive we found six Manta rays inside the lagoon of Dhigurah. So, we spend some good time snorkeling with the gentle Rays.
Then we searched for the whale shark on the outside reef of South Ari Atoll. No luck this time so jumped for a second dive outside Dhidhoo island. Nice drift dive with so much to see, visibility was more than 20 meters, we had about five black tip reef sharks, some white tip sharks, few green turtles, two eagle rays, and a school of 10 mobula rays coming quite close to divers.
For the last dive we cruise to the west side of Vaavu Atoll. Dive in Fiyaathoshi Kandu. Dive started with a mild out going current and then changed to incoming halfway through the dive. A school of big eyed travellies and some yellow fin barracudas were at the beginning, colourful soft corals on the deep blocks and inside the overhangs, we had two graceful manta rays just looping in the middle of the channel for a good half an hour. This was so cool.
Dive 1 Thirteen Eagle rays
Dive 2 Rakeedhoo Kandu
Dive 3 Happy Corner
On the way to thirteen eagle rays, we spotted some dolphins jumping on the surface. We had a mild to medium incoming current in the channel with visibility very clear. Started the dive in the blue and came to the edge where the big canyon is. We had two big silver tip sharks coming closer from the deep edge, about five grey reef sharks and white tip reef sharks on our way to the corner. We had one eagle ray on the reef and a baby silver tip shark right at the corner closer to the reef, a porcupine ray was digging up the sand inside the channel sandy bottom. Then we went to Rakeedhoo Kandu for the second dive. Was a mild out going current. A big eagle ray was close and some baby grey reef sharks were at the corner, white tip reef sharks, a huge swam of jacks, four great barracudas swimming in the blue, on the way to the safety stop we had some big and small Napoleons.
For the last dive we came to the happy corner, was a mild out going current so we dove lucky reef. We hooked right in the middle of the big school of barracudas and jacks, there were grey reef sharks swimming close and away. A big napoleon just hovering at the corner. Two turtles at the safety stop on the top reef made it a beautiful end of the dive.
Dive 1 White Tip Station
Dive 2 Mantas and More
Dive 3 Simply the Best
Dive 4 Medhufushi Thila (night dive)
White tip station was with a medium out going current but great visibility, we met the big school of jacks and barracudas with one big grey reef shark inside. Massive groupers inside the big cave. Some white tip sharks and a huge napoleon at the corner towards to the end of the dive.
A mild out going current with limited visibility in mantas and more. Dive began with a massive school of bump head snappers, some big grey sharks along the reef, one Manta ray was passing on the blue water, as we continue the dive we had about six baby white tip sharks on the floor. They were not shy at all, so guest had good time taking pictures of them. At the end of the dive we met few green turtles and a hawksbill turtle. This was mantas and a lot more.
As our guest requesting for a thila dive, we went to Simply the best for our third dive of the day. Was a mild out going current so we had easy relaxed dive around this beautiful thila exploring the overhangs and the big blocks at the deep. Lots of small stuff and reef full of fishes was great.
Last dive was at Medhufushi thila at night. Mild current as always here. Was a chilled and easy dive around this thila, some nudibranches, sea slugs and flat worms, some lionfishes and turtle was at the reef.
Dive 1 Mantas and more
Dive 2 kingdom of fish
Dive 3 Western highlights
Since we enjoyed so much Mantas and more the other day, we went there agin. Many great reef sharks, baby white tip sharks, some Napoleons, turtles and a friendly honeycomb Moray eel. Two big flounders, one was swimming so gracefully. At the end of the dive we found two mantas at the corner just getting cleaned by the little cleaner fishes.
Then we cruise to the west side of Meemu atoll. Kingdom of fish was with mild to medium incoming current. We had plenty of fusiliers swimming through the divers. It was like a fish soup. Some white tip reef sharks were cruising on the channel edge and two big old white tip sharks were resting under a big coral block. A huge sting ray was resting on the sandy bottom in front of the thila.
Third dive with some outgoing current we jumped on western highlight. As always there was a huge school of fusiliers, some big dog tooth tunas were on the hunt, school of jack were in the deep and also on the top reef. One white tip reef shark was at the end of the dive in the top reef. This was nice too.
Since we had good weather we had an amazing beach dinner on the uninhabited island of Fenboa finolhu. We had so much fun at this dinner night 😉
Dive 1 Western Hihglight
Dive 2 Filitheyo outside
As we expect some incoming current, we dive in western highlight again. We had mild to medium incoming with visibility like 20 meters. There were three big grey reef sharks at the channel edge, eagle ray, couple of white tips, many jack fishes and some big barracudas at the front of the thila. We drifted inside for the safety stop and was surrounded by fusiliers again.
For the last dive if the trip we came back to Faafu Atoll. Fili outside was with a mild to medium incoming current with good visibility. We met some white tip reef sharks and eagle rays at the very beginning of the dive, a sting ray and lots of bat fishes on the reef, an octopus hiding inside his home. More white tip sharks towards to the end of the dive at reef top. And a massive nurse sharks just sleeping under a big coral block was a perfect end of the week diving. Later during the day, we came to Filitheyo Island and had a great time at main bar while enjoying happy hour.
Arrival and departure day. Unfortunately, it’s time to say bye to our friendly divers and we hope to have another great adventure with you guys next time.