Diving the Southern Maldives

Diving the Southern Maldives

coralAfter 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.

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Exploring with the Maldives Siren

Exploring with the Maldives Siren

diverandCoral2A relaxing welcome day on-board the Maldives Siren with staggered arrivals, a pleasant cruise from Hulamale to the neighbouring Island Kurumba, lots of food, a beautiful sunset and a few beers and after setting up our gear we were all poised for our first early morning dive on day two.

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Sharks, Rays & Macro

Sharks, Rays & Macro???

ASC 4622The Usual Suspects were not the only marine life seen our 10-night liveaboard through the central Maldivian atolls, guests and guides alike were to be delighted with the numerous macro critter findings too! Throughout the day we welcomed our new guests aboard the Maldives Siren. Coming from all over the world – USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Finland & Canada- It had been a long day of travelling and though everyone was eager to get wet, it was time to relax, have a beer, get set up & ready to hit it hard the next day!

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The place for a sharky New Year

The place for a sharky New Year

fiji8The Maldives Siren welcomed her guests on board from almost every corner of the world – Brazil, Canada, UK, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Australia & the 2 of us from South Africa – thrilled to be joining the Maldives Siren for the 4th time! The first day was spent settling in, being briefed on the activities & safety aspects on board as well as getting to know each other over delicious snacks & a couple of beers.

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