What shark doesn?t want to be the center of attention! At Maaya Thila, the white tips get most of it, while the grey reefs receive a lesser share. They circle indefinitely in groups. On a given dive, you can experience their movement. The area is only 80 meters in diameter and if the current permits, a diver will have no trouble navigating it. There is such a wealth of marine life, however, that some dallying is not uncommon before moving on. You begin at 12 meters and can plunge to 30 or more to see the coral outcrops on the northwest and south sides. Caves are chock full of sea life including the white tips (that like strong currents), the dog-toothed tuna, the great barracuda, and assorted others. The list is long, populated with stonefish, anglerfish, blue-faced angelfish, Moorish idols, tall fin batfish, parrotfish, butterfly fish, clown triggerfish, and last but not least, lionfish.?How to keep them straight? You can access on the south side a large rock with a swim-through (about one meter in width) in order to see fusilier and blue stripe snapper on the reef top. A large turtle or two could also appear. Maya Thila at night is pretty special as well weather permitting. You just can?t go wrong in this fish-laden locale. Don?t miss the soft coral and gorgonians on the reef faces?just a few of the additional delights.
|Depth:?15-30 meters.||Visibility:?6-40 meters.||20 minutes by boat from Maayafushi Resort Island or Banyan Tree Madivaru.||4.09089? 72.8619?|