Within a short distance is one of the Maldives' best shark sites, as well as the 1988 wreck of the Hembadhu, the Rasafari Protected Marine Area, and some excellent turtle and manta ray viewing.
To snorkel or dive with manta rays is an almost indescribable experience. They move through the water with such grace, gently soaring through the turquoise lagoons, over reefs bursting with life. If you wish to see mantas in their natural habitat during your visit to One&Only Reethi Rah, our dive centre has everything you need to make your dream come true.
A big thila located in Hiti kandu (channel) south from Reethi Rah. Top reef is at 10 metres and on the thila’s south side are some bays in the reef with sandy bottoms between 15 to 30 metres.On Bodu hiti thila the coral life is beautiful, especially along the west sides and tips on the coral ridges. The rich life of light blue and yellow soft coral is best with ingoing current (from west). Along the reef slopes are big schools of fusilier, snapper and red-tooth trigger, some tuna, grouper, sweetlips and napoleons. On the sand bottom are white-tip reef sharks. The overhangs and coral rocks are hosting a multitude of smaller reef fish like swarms of sweepers and cardinal fish. Sting ray, nurse and gray reef shark are also visitors to this reef. Manta rays are seen here between December and April when it is one of the best manta points in the Maldives. Turtles are frequent on the reef top all year round.
A small thila located in Madivaru kandu (channel) south from One&Only Reethi Rah is our best shark point. The top of the reef is at 17 metres and slopes from there gently down to more then 30 metres. On the thila’s southeast side is a big overhang but due to the grate depth one can only visit the upper part of it. Two smaller but shallower overhangs can be seen on northeast side. The thila has some coral rocks on top with a stunning fish life. The sharks are always on the thila’s current side.
Voshimas thila is our latest dive site. It was found 1998. It has a really healthy coral life much thanks to its depth and that it often is exposed by strong current. There are several big solid rocks of Porites coral, branching Acropora, Tubastrea, black and different sorts of soft corals. Especially the overhangs are hosting a big amount of different invertebrate animals. The fish life can sometimes reach breath taking proportions. All kind of reef fish are represented. There are several different sort of pelagic fish like jack, tuna and barracuda. They are hunting the many fusiliers and red-tooth trigger which are swarming in the current in front of the thila. There is also where the sharks find their preys. White-tip reef sharks are always in present, grays are mostly seen but also more unusual sharks like black-tip, silver-tip and nurse have been seen. Turtles, eagle rays and sting rays are often seen.
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