- Snorkeling Gear
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Last day! We dove the narrow edge site again. The life was similar to yesterday but we sound the tiger mantis shrimp! They wouldn't come out of their holes and were really skittish but they were still super awesome. For the last dive we hung out on a wall. I want to give a shout out to Ali, one of our guides, for being awesome at finding macro critters. For most of the dives on this trip I followed him around and he would point out incredibly small or camouflaged things to me. I would ask him to see something...
We started off doing another manta dive in the same spot that we were at for the last dive yesterday. It was more manta, octopi getting intimate, schools of fish, and rays but better viz and every bit as awesome. The second dive was on this really cool coral wall. We jumped into a ripping current and followed the guide to the wall where we were protected. There was beautiful fan corals that hadn’t been touched (no storms in the Maldives to break them up) as well as countless other types with all the colors that you could...
Whaleshark whaleshark whaleshark whaleshark whaleshark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s how many whale sharks we saw today!!!!! We probably saw some sharks and stuff on the first dive but I can’t really remember because I saw 5 whale sharks on the two afternoon dives!!!!! As we were gearing up for the dive the boat spotted one near the surface and got ahead of it to drop us in the water. Fortunately where I dropped in was right where it was swimming to and it just cruised right on past me. Those things are awe inspiring! As It passed me I tried to swim with...
Today was shark palooza!!! Also high current drift dive palooza!!!! Ok, that doesn’t really work but you get the point.) We did 4 dives and all of them were exceptionally cool. Many of the dives in the Maldives have some current; this brings in fresh nutrients and food, which in turn attracts the much sought after pelagics. And as we learned January has some of the strongest currents… On the 1st dive we dropped into blue water and drifted over to the wall. From there the current was ripping and sent us flying down the wall. There are different amounts...
We woke up the next day, had breakfast at the hotel and got picked up by the dive boat that The Manthiri uses. Just as a warning, expect to wake up at 2 am thinking it’s time to get up; it’s not, your body is just lying to you. Anyways, back to The Manthiri. We got on the boat and were greeted by the crew and a refreshing coconut (drinking coconut water straight out of the coconut is very popular here; it’s our equivalent to having a beer at lunch). We got the tour of the boat and were briefed...