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Tuesday, March 13, 2001
Rasdhoo, Rasdhoo Atoll to Off Gangehi, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives
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Off Gangehi, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives:
Latitude: 4° 10' 51" North
Longitude: 72° 46' 15" East
Altitude: 5 feet
From Seattle: 10731 miles
Lodging: Transit - M/V Fathuhulbaaree

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Today's Travel:
Country: The Maldives
Region: Alifu
Route: Dive Boat Fathuhulbaaree: Rasdhoo - Gangehi
Start: Rasdhoo, Rasdhoo Atoll
Stop 1. Gangehi Island
End:Off Gangehi, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives
Linear:20 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Clam Dive: Rashdhu Madivar, Rasdhoo Atoll, The Maldives

Anemone and clown fish Dive: Rashdhu Madivar, Rasdhoo Atoll, The Maldives

Anemone Dive: Rashdhu Madivar, Rasdhoo Atoll, The Maldives

Sunrise Dive: Rashdhu Madivar, Rasdhoo Atoll, The Maldives

Yellow Sweepers in cave (Glassfish) Dive: Gangehi Kandu, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Anemone Dive: Gangehi Kandu, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Weird fish Dive: Gangehi Kandu, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Clown triggerfish Dive: Gangehi Kandu, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Anemone Dive: Gangehi Kandu, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Anemone and Maldives anemonefish Dive: Gangehi Kandu, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Juvenile oriental sweetlip Dive: Gangehi Kandu (South), Ari Atoll, The Maldives

White-mouth moray Dive: Gangehi Kandu (South), Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Oriental sweetlips Dive: Gangehi Kandu (South), Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Yellow-edged moray Dive: Gangehi Kandu (South), Ari Atoll, The Maldives

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1433
Linear Dist: 273791
Countries Visited: 75
Regions Visited: 283
More stats...
Hotels: 567
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 92
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4548
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Journal Entry:
We all got up at five to go for a pre-dawn hammerhead shark dive. The dive started out incredible - deep blue black water, and as we passed 40 meters a large eagle ray was silhouetted as it "flew" by above us. Unfortunately that was the highlight. We didn't see any sharks or any large fish at all. The visibility was awesome though - at least 40 meters! The highlight was definitely the eagle ray, followed closely by the awesome sun rise that was happening as my head broke the water - I floated there and watched it before climbing back in to the boat.

Back on the boat we had breakfast then had to time to hangout for a few hours before our second dive at 9:30. The visibility wasn't very good but it was still a fun dive - nothing remarkable though. In the afternoon after lunch, and some sun time we went for our third dive. The visibility was even worse and once again we didn't see anything exciting. I did have a good time poking around the coral at the safety stop. The rest of the evening was spent on the boat. I went through the photos I took and made myself go through the reef guide and and try to identify all of them. It was pretty challenging (I know so little about fish that it was hard to even know where to begin looking in the book), but I eventually found all but one. After several nights of little sleep, a very early morning, and three dives I am exhausted - I'll bet I sleep well tonight!


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