I chanced upon AquaVenture Dive resort in Addu City, Maradhoo, via a posting of a fellow diver on my FB. He shared about the awesome diving and Manta Rays. I booked our dive vacation with Triprific, Singapore for an awesome 12 days of diving.
The diving experience here is truly awesome! You dive deep to 30 meters with a foreground of pure blue sea wall… Amazing sight! At the channels, the Drift dive/s at F1 speed and at times just a relax drift dive. The hard coral are colourful and stretches for almost 1-2 km in length. We were fortunate to encounter dolphins “dancing” on the reefs, eagle rays, tiger sharks, they are mostly found in the deep blue and lots of reef sharks.
The 2 main diving attractions are Manta Point and below the “Tuna Fish Factory” ship. Below the ship, at about 35 meters, 20-40 stingrays congregate at the sandy bottom, nurse and bull sharks circle them. You will need a torch as the visibility is poor.
On the 2 occasions that we were at Manta Point, depth about 30m + and very strong current, we saw at least between 5-7 elegant and sexy mantas arriving at the cleaning station to be cleaned. Awesome sight… ‘Up close and personal’ you can see the cleaners cleaning the belly and gills of the mantas.
The guesthouse is a two storeys Maldivian style house with a garden and balcony to relax, mingle and chit chat. The mini marts are about a 5 min walk. Rooms are cleaned and towels changed daily. As for food, they serve Maldivian, Sri Lankan and European menus.
Thanks to Marc, Marianna, Sena, Farle, Modin and the boat crew for a wonderful dive vacation.