At the Panettone dive site, the group encountered their first Eagle Ray, along with some Grey Reef Sharks, a large Napoleon and a few White Tip Reef Sharks on the top of the reef, not bad for the first dive of the day. The second dive at the Fish Head had a bit more action, with Giant Trevally and Blue fin Jacks chasing Fusiliers while a lonely Grey Reef Shark, a White Tip Reef Shark, 2 turtles and three Mantis Shrimp watched from the sidelines along with the divers.
The third was after sunset, at the Maaya Thila. This night dive proved to be as wonderful as the one last week, with White Tip Sharks and Grey Reef Sharks using the dive lights for hunting. Heiko found the three Stonefish that Enrico found the last time, still at the same crevice but while pointing the Stonefish out to the divers, a Stingray swept past between her and the reef!
The end of another great trip
It was great to see all the fish at Hafsa Thila. Two sharks, one grey and one white tip were using the top reef as a pitstop and getting cleaned, while at greater depths, the divers discovered a white tip reef shark being circled by 4 gray reef sharks. The fauna were at it again; Fusiliers being hunted by about 10 Dog Tooth Tuna, and the end of the dive was just as great as cute little baby white tip sharks were sticking close to each other, hidden under the table coral on the top reef.
After lunch, the Orion set sail with Rasdhoo as its destination, stopping at Rashoo Madivaru Dive Spot where the divers came across another grey reef shark, two white tip reef sharks, a Napoleon, an eagle ray and the biggest Dog Tooth Tuna, according to Heiko.
The last day saw the group up early morning, trying to run into some Hammerhead Sharks at Rasdhoo, without luck. The dive was a refreshing way to wake up though, and the second dive was at the Lankan Manta Point, where the group finally saw two Manta rays, that at a cleaning station with wrasse doing their job. The last dive of the trip was at Banana Reef with vibrant coral growth and multicolored reef fish. Click here for more info on the Maldives.
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