On the fourth day (skipping one day off spent surfing —
did you know the atoll is well-known for surfing?) of our
stay at the Six
Senses resort on Laamu
Atoll in the Maldives, we turned to SCUBA diving to
round out our view.
We technically dove two sites, but as most pictures are from the
first, I'll pretend they were the same.
While the dive sites lacked a bit for clarity (being rainy
season and all!), and while we've become woefully spoilt by the
simplicity of free-diving, Huck and I still had a beautiful dive
at Hithadhoo Point.
In a nutshell... reef manta ray (Manta alfredi)!
The dive itself meanders among cleaning stations manned
(fished?) by the striped cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus), which attends to
the mantas and other creatures: green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas),
camouflage grouper (Epinephelus polyphekadion), and even some spotted garden eel (Heteroconger hassi).
Prior to the dive,
Ignetik took us through a presentation by the
Manta Trust regarding
conservation of the mantas in the Maldives.
An excellent look at local efforts to preserve these beautiful
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Hithadhoo Point, Laamu Atoll