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Captains Log Maldives Aggressor 2
From December 30th to January 6th , 2018.
Best of Maldives
Water temperature: 29-30°C.
Visibility: 15-30 meters
Ana, Grant, Richard, Michael, Laurel, Ana, Michael, Camille, Reagan, Eric, Jens, Sacha, Ivana, Katja, Rachael, Alan, Josephine, Gerald, John, Ann, Zona, Predrag.
Monday: Kurumba house reef, Fish factory, Rasdhoo Madivaru
Tuesday: Rasdhoo Madivaru, Rasdhoo manta point, Maaya thila, Maaya lagon
Wednesday: Fish head, Moofushi manta point, Rahdhigga thila
Thursday: Rangali madivaru, whale shark search, Machchafushi wreck
Friday: Kudarah thila, miyaru kandu, Alimatha jetty
Saturday: Devana kandu, Kuda giri wreck.
Sunday December, 30th:
We welcome on board twenty-two guests, we introduce them with their new home and start with overall captain briefing followed by a well appreciated dinner in which all guest begins to know each others, then we give them a general briefing about diving operation.
Monday December, 31th:
For the check dive of this trip we dove at Kurumba house reef which is an easy check dive, few black tip sharks circling and tunas made our dive.
For second dive we went to Fish factory. It is like to be in a fish tank, current was moderate which make this dive a bit challenging, we hooked on the shallow protected area where most of the life is concentered, there were huge school of baby red toothed trigger fish, enormous moray eels of different kind, puffer fish, angel fish, Moorish idol, snake eel and around fifteen sting rays going around. Guests really appreciate this life profusion and were amazed.
Then we crossed to Rasdhoo Atoll!
We did third dive at Rasdhoo Madivaru with an incoming current that bring us a good shark show right in front of our mask for our greatest pleasure.
Tuesday January 1st:
We start our diving day at Rasdhoo Madivaru, water was very clear and we dove along the outside reef wall that stand from 200 meters to 15 meters, we saw white tip sharks and around 15 grey reef sharks circling, some tuna, bat fish and profusion of colorful reef fish.
After breakfast we went to Rasdhoo Manta rock. So here we found 3 manta rays which swam on top of cleaning station. Our guests took great pictures and videos of mantas. Whole dive we were hooked or lye down on the sandy bottom around the rock and enjoying of the show! Great dive!
Third dive we did at Maaya thila, this dive is a fish watchers delight, the thila is around 80m long, the top start at 6m and goes gradually down to 12m then steep drop down to 30m, on the drop is found many caves and a swim through, the highlight of that dive was octopus and stone fish on top of the reef.
Wednesday January 2nd:
We start our diving day at Fish head, fisherman have been traditionally fished for sharks and was the best fishing spot of all Ari Atoll, today it is a protected aera thank to the gouvernment statement in 1995.
This dive was good as we enjoy grey reef sharks turning around a cleaning place, stop for few second month open to get the cleaning wrasse doing the job, the top was full of blue lined snappers, fusilier, moray eels and three octopuses. Moderate current.
Second dive was at Moofushi manta rock, it is a reef going from 6m to 30m, we saw four mantas staying all dive long on the cleaning station, a baby eagle rays and white tip sharks! It was really great dive!
In the afternoon we went to Rahdhigga thila, this medium size thila has plenty of cavity which is covered by colorful soft corals, reef fish life was also very rich on that dive and we encounter few grey reef sharks.
For the evening we went on the barbecue island, enjoy to reach the ground for a while and get a pleasant dinner under the stars.
Thursday January 3rd:
First dive at Rangali madivaru, this dive was surprising we saw a lot of silver tip sharks with is normally not so common, grey reef sharks and beautiful caves, we also got a manta passing by.
Then after breakfast we went for the whale shark search, after 10 min we already spot one and went snorkeling, this interaction was very nice and everybody could see it properly, the search underwater was not successful but the reef gave us a lot of more stuffs to see, on the way back we spotted another whale shark and did snorkeling again.
At Machchafushi wreck, Japanese steel fishing trawler that has been sunk intentionally in 1998, marine life took it over, we can even penetrate safely this wreck. We swam trough the vessel. On the deck we found two stone fish and quantity of nudibranchs
Friday January 4th:
For the first early dive we went at Kudarah thila, one of our favorites, we nerver been desapointed. The reef top is about 14m and goes down on sharp drop off to 30m, there isolated outcrops of rock on the west side, a small canyon on the north and a big long cave at 20m on the eastern side.
We swam around the 80m long thila without difficulties,there is a lot of life there such as big groupers and schools of thousand blue lined snappers and Jacks,few sharks, tuna passing by, nudibranchs and many big size sea fans, black corals bushes, soft corals hanging from overhang cave, this dive site is just splendid.
The highlight of that dive was three eagle rays staying stationary in the current so we were able to watch them from very very close.
Afterward we crossed to Vavuu Atoll and dove at Miyaru Kandu. Weve got very strong current there, we went down and hook at the edge of the channel mouth to observe grey reef shark passing by. Guests really enjoyed the dive, we saw about 20 grey reef sharks and also school of jacks.
Forth dive was our night dive at Alimatha jetty. Weve got light current and knee down on a sandy bottom in between rocks to observe quantity of nurse sharks and few sting rays! Awesome. This dive made our day!
Saturday January 5th:
We start at Devana kandu channel, were current was incoming and few big grey reef sharks were playing followed by around forty baby sharks, that was great!
For the last dive we did Kuda Giri wreck and its thila, this wreck begins at 18 meters for the bow and finish at 28 meters for the stern, current was very light and allow us to properly visit the wreck before exploring the reef just next, on the reef we saw a profusion of small reef fish of many different colors, nudibranch, few octopus and colorful cleaner shrimp, that was a very chill dive to end this trip correctly.
Afterward, we returned to the mother ship and said our farewells to our guests. We are sad to see this group to go as they were fun and a pleasure to serve.
Congratulation to everyone for becoming Iron divers by completing all dives, and congratulation to all news nitrox certified divers.
Thanks again for joining us this trip along the Mistral Maldives Aggressor 2, we hope to see you again soon!
Maldives aggressor II team