FUN-travel: Amazing Ari & Rasdu Atolls – Maldives Dive & Snorkel Report – Day 5

December 9, 2016 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Amazing Ari & Rasdu Atolls – Maldives Dive & Snorkel Report – Day 5 

  • Today’s Dives – total of 4…#1…not much other than a couple of turtles… rated 4…#2…just so so… #3…some saw sharks…rated 6…Steve‘s (Huntington Beach) birthday celebration…after dinner & a few beers…he said “it was a good day of diving.”

1st Snorkel Ari Atoll– both fish and coral bland in color…2 rating

  • Correction – due to looking so similar…not sure if I saw Moorish idol…might have been longfin bannerfish …and Nemo aka clown fish was probably….tomato anemonefish

2nd Snorkel Rasdu Atoll – reef with large schools… more of the same…giant clams…butterflyfish…angelfish…and pretty parrotfish… plus humpback unicornfish… wrasses & reef needlefish…gobies & groupers… and huge school of blue streak fusilier…at the end.

  • Dive Dhoni at Dusk

FUN-facts – Out of 13 ship mates…2 California (Huntington Beach & San Jose)…1 South Jersey…1 Florida…2 Italy…2 Croatia…1 Switzerland…3 Germany…1 Dubai.

FUN-travel: Amazing Ari Atoll – Maldives Dive & Snorkel Report – Day 4

December 8, 2016 by · 2 Comments 

  • Been a little disappointed…so have chosen… to be more selective in my viewing…only want to see fish….up close and personal…with clear waters.

1st Snorkel – Ship’s Captain Adam personally took me…nice drift snorkel…5’ w/better visibility…angel fish…parrot fish…big school of dolphins…9 rating

  • Dive Report is subjective…13 people…depends on what they see…and how they see it…so I will give highlights… from those that had a good one…and speak English.
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Tonight’s Treat

  • Today’s Dives – 4 total …#2…marvelous manta rays…10+ rating…#3 incredible octopus…changed color and texture…as it tried to get away…10+ rating

2nd Snorkel – incredible!…best so far…3 to 5’ deep reef …lots of life & movement…moorish idol…humpback unicornfish…surgeonfish…jacks…red tooth triggerfish…giant clams…anthias…3 spotted dascyllus…even Nemos aka clownfish…10++ rating

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  • #4 Night Dive – off back of boat…manta rays…don’t even have to get in the water! My rating 10++…divers rating -2

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FUN-fact – Ask and ye shall receive! Got my own private snorkel yacht… since I am only one snorkeling…Dinghy Captain Alam…drives me to best spots… and even put my fins on for me! Ahh…now this is the life!

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My Snorkel Yacht