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Thursday, March 15, 2001
Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll to Innfushi Island, Ari Atoll, The Maldives
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Innfushi Island, Ari Atoll, The Maldives:
Latitude: 3° 47' 38" North
Longitude: 72° 43' 56" East
Altitude: 5 feet
From Seattle: 10756 miles
Lodging: Transit - M/V Fathuhulbaaree

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Today's Travel:
Country: The Maldives
Region: Alifu
Route: Dive Boat Fathuhulbaaree: Maalhos - Enmas - Innfushi
Start: Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll
Stop 1. Enmas Thila
End:Innfushi Island, Ari Atoll, The Maldives
Linear:15 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Sleeping napoleon wrasse Dive: Maalhos Thila, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Sleeping napoleon wrasse Dive: Maalhos Thila, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Green turtle eating coral Dive: Maalhos Thila, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Green turtle eating coral Dive: Maalhos Thila, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Green turtle eating coral Dive: Maalhos Thila, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Green turtle eating coral Dive: Maalhos Thila, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Green turtle eating coral Dive: Maalhos Thila, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Green turtle eating coral Dive: Maalhos Thila, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Green turtle eating coral Dive: Maalhos Thila, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Green turtle eating coral Dive: Maalhos Thila, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Green turtle eating coral Dive: Maalhos Thila, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Green turtle eating coral Dive: Maalhos Thila, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Green turtle eating coral Dive: Maalhos Thila, Maalhos Island, North Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Eagle ray Dive: Enmas Thila, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

Sunset Innfushi Island, Ari Atoll, The Maldives

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1435
Linear Dist: 273827
Countries Visited: 75
Regions Visited: 283
More stats...
Hotels: 567
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 94
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4549
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Journal Entry:
We gp up at 6:30 for a pre-breakfast dive. The visibility wasn't so great, and the current was (as usual) pretty strong. The higlights of the dive was a big Napoleon Wrasse sleeping in a cave - I've never seen one asleep and it was impressive up close - they're big! Also had a fearless green turtle munching away at some coral. Completely ignored us gathering around him and continued having his breakfast.

After breakfast we had our second dive. There was a monster current so I used up my air very quickly. We were hoping to see manta rays, but failed. We did see a large gray shark sleeping in a cave (Today seems to be the day for caves and big sleeping things). I saw a medium size eagle ray - he wasn't far away, but though I tried as hard as I could I couldn't make t against the current and just used up most of my air trying. I started to run low on air so I told the dive master I was going to ascend to ten meters and follow - that way my air would last a lot longer. But the visibility was so bad that from ten meters I couldn't see anything or anyone so I just gave up and surfaced and let the boat pick me up - it turned out that the others were no more than five minutes behind me anyway.

In the afternoon I skipped the third dive (no computer and two pretty deep dives already). I'd gotten too much sun this morning so I spent the day trying to stay out of it - reading and working on my computer. It was my sister's birthday and since I couldn't call I at least wrote her an email that I'll be able to send later. We had a very nice very red sunset. We had a late barbecue on the beach. The crew went all out to set it up and there were over twenty small fire pits dug and lit and a huge table shaped like a manta ray dug into the sand. The food was pretty typical of the boat - not bad, but nothing special. After dinner the crew played the drums for us which should have been nice. Over all I was a little unimpressed with the evening. My shipmates had been drinking all evening and I don't even understand sober German... The stars were incredible though - the whole milky way, the big dipper, and the southern cross!


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