Manta Mayhem in the Mid-Maldives
First day aboard the Maldives Siren and we decided to take it easy, set up the gear do all briefings and paperwork and enjoy a cold beer then the next morning we starte our diving off at Back Faru, a long gentle drift dive where eagle rays, black tip reef sharks and numerous moray eels was spotted. Our second dive took place to Nassimo Thila; a beautiful pinnacle with lots of fish and different colored soft corals, the day ended with a dive at Boduhithi Thila where Napoleon wrasse, Honeycomb Moray ell and even 2 Manta Rays were seen. Afterwards Capitan Ashraf lifted anchor and we start moving west to North Ari Atoll eagerly anticipating the shark action we would have the next days.
Waking up in North Ari Atoll we jumped in for our first dive for the day at Hafsa Thila where Grey Reef Sharks and Eagle rays were playing with the gentle current meanwhile dogtooth tuna and Giant Trevally hunted the schooling fusiliers. Second dive we did on Fish Head where once again eagle rays and reef sharks entertained our divers and a few hawksbill turtle were found feeding on the soft coral. After this dive we moved to west side of North Ari Atoll where we anchor inside Fesdu Lagoon ready for one of the most mind-blowing night dives but until this time come we did our 3th dive to Fesdu wreck; a Japanese fishing boat all covered with hard and soft corals. We returned to the Maldives Siren waiting for Manta rays to show up next to the boat, attracted by big lights that our crew placed above the water. It took some time but finally we dove with 4 manta rays feeding & passing just a few centimeters above our heads, some lucky ones even got a gentle slap from them! Back on the boat everyone was smiling and saying how truly amazing this dive was.
We began our day with a macro dive to Fesdu Beyru followed by dives to Maalhoss Thila and Radhdhiggaa Thila where we enjoy the beautiful soft corals of those pinnacles as well as several shark sightings and plenty of reef fish. What better way to start the day then watching Manta Rays cleaning and feeding? After this amazing show we moved to the very south of Ari Atoll where we snorkelled with a whale shark followed by a dive at Bodufinolhu Thila seeing white tips, mobula rays and ghost pipefish. Afterwards we start crossing east to Vaavu Atoll where we did a night dive to Anbaraa House Reef.
Schooling eagle rays sting rays and lots of grey reef and white tip sharks were the order of the day at Miyaru Kandu and Divana Kandu, whilst our night dive at the Alimatha Jetty amazed the divers as ever with its huge nurse sharks, sting rays and hunting giant trevally. A return to Miyaru Kandu for more shark action started off our 7th day of this Maldives liveaboard safari before we cruised south to Meemu Atoll for dives along the stunning reefs of Rakeedhoo Corner and Vanhuravalhy Kandu. Currents at Muli Corner brought the schooling Jacks, Snappers, Oriental sweetlips, eagle rays and many more for our first dive on day 8 whilst at Kurali Kandu we had the chance to dive again with manta rays.
Moving into Thaa Atoll for yet more grey reef sharks and eagle rays, accompanied by jacks and tuna at Dhiffushi Kandu we ended our day with a relaxed night dive at Falha Giri. For our final dives we opted for Monnafushi Kandu and Fushi Kandu and Secret Giri – sharks, barracuda, red snapper and jacks lined the channels and provided an amazing final day aboard, which we topped off with a ride out to a deserted island for swimming and sunset drinks.
Great to have all our guests aboard and we look forward to more adventures with you aboard the Siren Fleet.
Photos by Kyle McBurney