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Wednesday, March 14, 2001
Off Gangehi to Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives
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Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives:
Latitude: 3° 59' 7" North
Longitude: 72° 43' 34" East
Altitude: 5 feet
From Seattle: 10744 miles
Lodging: Transit - M/V Fathuhulbaaree

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Today's Travel:
Country: The Maldives
Region: Alifu
Route: Dive Boat Fathuhulbaaree: Gangehi - Maaya Thila - Maalhos
Start: Off Gangehi
Stop 1. Maaya Thila, Ari Atoll
End:Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives
Linear:21 miles
Weather: Sunny / Mostly Sunny

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Longfin batfish Dive: Maaya Thila, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Grey shark Dive: Maaya Thila, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Grey shark Dive: Maaya Thila, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

White tip reef shark Dive: Maaya Thila, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

? Moray Dive: Maaya Thila, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Grey shark Dive: Maaya Thila, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

White tip reef shark Dive: Maaya Thila, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

White tip reef shark Dive: Maaya Thila, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

White tip reef shark Dive: Maaya Thila, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Starfish Dive: Maaya Thila, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Some kind of unicorn surgeonfish Dive: Maaya Thila, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Maalhos Island North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Beach Maalhos Island, North AAi Atoll, The Maldives

Beach Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Beach Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Shark (? Grey) Dive: Ranfaru, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

(White or black tip?) reef shark Dive: Ranfaru, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Reef shark Dive: Ranfaru, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Oriental sweet lips Dive: Ranfaru, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Titan triggerfish Dive: Ranfaru, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Clown triggerfish Dive: Ranfaru, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Giant moray Dive: Ranfaru, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Giant moray Dive: Ranfaru, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Sunset Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Sunset behind Maalhos Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Sunset behind Maalhos Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Sunset behind Maalhos Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Sunset Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Sunset behind Maalhos Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Sunset behind Maalhos Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Sunset behind Maalhos Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Sunset behind Maalhos Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Sunset Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1434
Linear Dist: 273812
Countries Visited: 75
Regions Visited: 283
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Hotels: 567
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 93
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4548
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Journal Entry:
The boat moved south (?) this morning to the nearby reef (a little over an hour) of Maaya Thila. This was a very good dive. We saw many sharks (both gray sharks and white tip reef sharks), and the fish were very friendly and curious. Too friendly, I'd guess they've been fed in the past. The visibility was better, the only problem was that there were too many people - there were two other dive boats there as well.

After lunch they moved the boat again, this time to Maalhos Island. The afternoon dive was Ok, nothing special except for some sharks, the cleaning fish, and a pair of octopus. Near the beginning of the dive I saw at least two and maybe three sharks. One was a big gray and the other was a large (two meters) black or white tip reef shark. I was a little out in front of the group, but the sharks weren't shy and were quite curious so I was surprised to find out after the dive that no one else had seen them. Luckily I had pictures or I don't think they would have believed me! The other part of the dive I really enjoyed was when I stopped unknowingly at what was a cleaning station and the little cleaning fish went to work on my legs - a bit of a shock at first to feel a dozen little fish nibbling at my legs! Right at the end of the dive I found a pair of octopus. They were both out when I first saw them, but quickly hid in some holes. One was quite large and I could see him being cleaned by some cleaner shrimp - a first for me. My favorite part of the afternoon was coming back to the boat. I've taken to sitting on the bow in the sun to warm up after the dives. I was sitting there with my feet in the water watching some fish in front of the bow - when they leapt out and flew! They were flying fish and it was amazing to watch (and hear!) them take off only inches from my feet - they make a slow buzzing sound like hummingbirds or maybe giant beetles when they fly.

They dropped us off on the island for the rest of the afternoon. This was a real local island. I was wandering around the deserted shore when the beach narrowed and nearly disappeared into the mangroves. This beach on this side of the island was quite littered with flotsam and that meant there were a great number of large crabs - large enough to where I didn't feel like continuing bare foot! So I cut into the interior on a wide sandy path I'd passed earlier. it was a small village, laid out pretty much like the last one, except there were no souvenir shops - it was obvious that visitors were rare, everywhere I went people stared and the children were quite shy. By the time we left there was a crowd of children and a few adults there to watch the boat pull away. Back on board we watched a beautiful sunset, then the others went for a night dive. I'd decided to skip the night dive - diving without a computer is making me a little nervous and I'd rather not push it so I took a break.


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