Diving the Southern Maldives
After discussion with the group it was decided that day one would be a gentle introduction to diving in the Southern Maldives Atolls. Most Dives in Gaafu Alife and Gaafu Dhaal are well known as channel dives with strong current and big fish life! Our group however wanted a more relaxing start to the cruise so we hunted out some quiet Giris and reefs on the inside of this large atoll. These sites are rarely if ever dived and the hard corals here are pristine. With great visibility and little current Thinadhoo Giri, our first dive, was just what was ordered. Local fishermen here were netting the hugely abundant glass fish for use as bait when out tuna fishing. This ancient practice of free (and some with a more modern approach of scuba!!) diving down and scaring the fish into the waiting nets was a rare sight for tourists and fascinating to watch.