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Maldives: Sea Spirit

13 April 2014 - 10:52 AM

I travelled out to the Maldives as a result of BSoUP's 2012 "Splash-in" competition, joining the MV Sea Spirit and its faithful dhoni to cruise the well-travelled but surprisingly interesting Thilas and channels of Ari Atoll.

 

Attached File  2013 Maldives 693 Male Sea Spirit.jpg   104.97KB   3 downloads

 

The boat looks small, until you realise that all the dive gear stays on the dhoni with the compressor and Nitrox. It's actually as comfortable as the much bigger and superficially more impressive boats that ply the Red Sea and Indonesian waters.

 

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Attached File  2013 Maldives 49 587 Madivaru Rasdhoo bluestripe snappers.jpg   109.88KB   3 downloads

 

There are still shoals of fish, sharks of all kinds (somewhat oppressed by crowds if they venture too close to the bigger resort islands), rays, turtles and pretty reefs, largely, I suspect, because of the intermittently fierce currents that squirt in and out of the atolls.

 

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Attached File  2013 Maldives 59 607 Madivaru Rasdhoo grey reef shark.jpg   48.42KB   4 downloads

 

Attached File  2013 Maldives 28 247 Dhidhdoo whale shark and crowds.jpg   125KB   4 downloads

 

For a routine trip, this was something of an eye-opener!

 

Attached File  2013 Maldives 31 353 Madivaru Faruhukuvali manta ray b.jpg   66.51KB   4 downloads

 

Attached File  2013 Maldives 46 504 Maayafushi lagoon mantas.jpg   54.91KB   4 downloads

 

Attached File  2013 Maldives 13 076 Alimathaa jetty nurse sharks.jpg   82.97KB   4 downloads

 

More images:

 

https://www.flickr.c...57643891843663/


Flickr

13 April 2014 - 05:55 AM

Previously I've had a nice little slideshow generated, but now my latest Flickr show just appears as a link...

 

... have I made a mistake, or has Flickr changed its software?


Ari Atoll in the Maldives, December 2013

13 April 2014 - 05:18 AM

It's taken rather too long, but I've just finished going through images from last year, taken aboard MV Sea Spirit in the Maldives.

 

 

https://www.flickr.c...57643891843663/


Lembeh

23 November 2013 - 04:45 AM

Last month's Wetpixel workshop was wonderful. This is what I came away with:

 


Lembeh

23 November 2013 - 04:45 AM

Last month's Wetpixel workshop was wonderful. This is what I came away with: