We love the Maldives and snorkeling and this year decided to do some scuba diving. We only managed to do 6 dives as kuramathi dive prices are extortionate. It was $100+ per dive on average with kit and boat fees. Most places around the world do discounts if you do 3 dives in a day, but not at Kuramathi! So for 2 of us to do 3 dives in a day was approx. $600!
The dive centre weren’t particular friendly either. The Maldivian dive leader was the most helpful and the tall blonde hair lad was OK, as was the UK girl, but the rest were pretty rude.
Even diving the local housereef was $100 – crazy! So we mainly stuck to snorkeling which was equally as good and you can find my snorkeling pictures on my previous post here:
So we did the following dives:
1. Fan Reef
2. Veligandu East
3. Hammerhead Point – didn’t see any
5. Mayaa Thila
6. North Channel (Manta point) – saw 1 on deco stop for a few seconds
I have previously wrote about Triggerfish and their undeserved reputation for being overly aggressive which you can read here:
After seeing 10 different species in the Maldives I conclude that they are not aggressive unless you accidentally swim into their nesting ground at certain times of the year.
I have seen 4 species of triggerfish at all the Maldivian islands I have been to plus others, however this year at Kuramathi I saw 2 new species! I photographed the following new species whilst snorkeling the house reef:
1. Wedge-tail Triggerfish
2. Boomerang Triggerfish
This brings the total number of triggerfish I have seen in the Maldives to 10!
I have just returned from a 2 week holiday to Kuramathi, Maldives (Nov/Dec 2014) where I snorkeled the house reef every day. The snorkeling was better than I’d remembered, as Kuramathi was the first island we ever visited in 2010. We don’t normally return to the same island, but we saw a good offer and as we only stayed for a week last time, thought it would be good to return. The house reef is good, although it is only on one side and the visibility can be quite poor which is an underwater photographers nightmare! To be honest no island has perfect visibility and I’ve had problems with sediment and back scatter on all the islands I’ve visited. So here is a snap shot of the photos I took – enjoy 🙂
Marine Angelfish are one of my favourite fish due to their vivid colour. The Marine Angelfish family contains seven genera and approximately 86 species. My personal favourites are the Emperor, Blue-faced and Regal Angelfish.
Here are some pics from my last 4 trips to the Maldives (Kuramathi, Vilamendhoo, Biyadhoo and Athuruga).
Emperor Angelfish (& 1 Juvenille Emperor)
We were fortunate enough to see 4x Whalesharks during our trip in 2011. It was an amazing experience to begin with as we were the only boat on the scene. We swam with one large whaleshark for a longtime, until an additional 11 boats turned up and hounded it. A group of Chinese tourists who couldn’t swim, jumped in the water with life jackets, but as they couldn’t swim they kept their heads above the water and just kept flailing around in the water violently kicking their fins. Eventually one of them kicked the whaleshark and it swam off. It was a sad end to the trip seeing so many boats hound one creature.
After visiting 3 previous islands, we were looking for that ultimate wow factor for our Honeymoon! I had read that Athuruga had the one of the best house reefs in the Maldives and that combined with Stunning white water villas made this the perfect island to enjoy our honeymoon. We had never stayed in a water villa before and were glad we had saved the special experience for this occassion. The reef was stunning, we had a few days where the visibility was disappointingly low, but overall we saw some amazing underwater life whilst snorkeling. Unfortunately we hadn’t finished our BSAC open water dives, so were unable to do any proper diving in Athuruga. However Andreas was a great instructor and did take us for a long introductory dive which was great.
Vilamendhoo was the 2nd island we visited in Sep 2011. We were looking for an affordable island with a great coral reef and this island fit the bill. In fact it is still up there with the best Maldivian reefs we have seen to date! The island isn’t the most romantic and it can feel slightly over crowded (only by Maldivian standards), with some ugly erosion. But the reef makes up for anything lacking above water. We loved the plate coral on this island – simply stunning.