Monday, 5 March 2012

Diving Hans Hass place

As we had tallied through the closest dive sites we ventured now a bit further afield, not going overboard but staying inside Male' atoll. We headed southwest from our anchorage towards Viligili Island and next to it is a reef named Gulhi Falhu. It is now being reclaimed from the West. In the middle of the reef on the Ocean side is the "Hans Hass" diving spot that is designated as a protected area. When I was in Maldives earlier my local guide told me that this will house the existing industries on Male' and they will be relocated on Gulhi Falhu.

Anyway, we arrived again early morning and found another dive boat there already but there is aplenty at sea so we made ourselves ready and jumped in. The current was against us and a bit heavier than expected but to agree with the diveplan we kept on going West as instructed our surface boat. There was plenty of pelagics, saw also a Napoleon Wrasse in the distance but the most impressive sight was the overhangs, especially the last one that when I looked under it it gave the impression of a cathedral.

BA chart 3323

An overhang

Whitetip soldierfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Vermilion rock cod

Vermilion rock cod

The wall

Diana's hogfish

Soldierfish above clam

Orange anthia, male

Orange anthia, male

Orange anthia, female

Boomerang triggerfish

Duskyfin rock cod

Yellowtail wrasse

Lionfish

Yellowfin surgeonfish (?)

Napoleon Maori wrasse

Powder-blue surgeonfish

Checkerboard wrasse

Peacock rock cod

Powder-blue surgeonfish

Sailfin tang

Spotted unicornfish

Almost at the surface

Checkerboard wrasse

Yellowhead butterflyfish

Yellowhead butterflyfish



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