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Immersioni a Lily Beach Ari sud Maldive

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OMADHOO THILA

Lily Beach OMADHOO THILA
Description:

One of our most northerly dive sites in the Omadhoo channel, where two thilas meet to give it the nickname of ‘Big Valley’. In between the thilas large coral blocks form an interesting landscape, while numerous overhangs along the reef house many colorful hard and soft corals, as well as long nose hawk fish. Looking out into the blue, divers can often see Napoleon wrasse, barracudas, and white tip reef sharks. Plus, large schools of banner fish, snappers and fusiliers swarming above the reef top. Widely regarded as one of the true highlights of South Ari Atoll.


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KUDHIMAA

lily beach KUDHIMAA WRECK
Description:

Sunk by purpose in March 1999, it is a 52m long coaster cargo ship, made safe and easy to penetrate. The bottom lies at 31m, the top deck is at 20m, and the top of the masts are at 16m. Already a lot of life has found home there. Many big lion fish, soldier fish, glassfish, tunas, batfish and snappers are to be seen around the wreck and the new coral forming. Sometimes sharks and eagle rays are seen passing by. And with a bit of luck, you can even see one or more nurse sharks. The Machchafushi house reef lies only 15m southwest, so you can end your dive in shallower water.


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HUDU THILA

lily beach HUDU THILA
Description:

Approximately 100m in length and positioned in the Dhigurah channel, this reef is excellent for drift diving. Sloping down to 25-30 metres, and covered with both hard and soft corals, the south side of this thila has many large overhangs, one of which has collapsed to form a small canyon-style swim through.
Encounters with napoleon wrasse, white tip reef sharks, and barracudas are all possible, as well as many varieties of reef fish. The 6 metre top reef also makes for an interesting safety stop


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FIVE ROCKS

lily beach five rocks
Description:

Another Highlight in South Ari atoll! This dive site has a very unique landscape. Five big coral blocs stand so close together that they form canyons and gorges. The whole reef is covered with soft corals and sponges which gives an explosion of color.  Marine life here is abundant and often barracudas and white tip reef sharks are seen. It has a huge overhang on the north side with beautiful soft fan corals, sea whips, and feather stars.
The dive site itself is small and with the reef top at 14m, it makes it a dive for experienced divers only.


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TINFUSHI THILA

lily beach TINFUSHI THILA
Description:

We normally dive on the south side of this oval shaped 100 meter long thila, often exposed to the fast moving currents in the wide Dhigurah channel.  Large coral blocks to the south east provide shelter for many fish, while much of the reef itself is a continuous network of ledges, caves and overhangs at depths of 10 – 28m. These give firm rooting for spectacular sea fans and an array of other soft corals. You can also search for octopus, or look out into the blue for passing white tips or eagle rays. The 6 metre top reef makes for an interesting safety stop.


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BROKEN ROCK

lily beach TINFUSHI THILA
Description:

This 80m long reef is characterized by a distinct U -shaped canyon running through its centre; hence earning it the name ‘Broken Rock’. This wedge-like feature reaches a depth of 24m and provides a perfect swim through, full of both coral and fish hiding from the often strong prevailing currents in the area. With many large blocks reaching up to 12m on the reef top, this makes it an ideal environment for an amazing variation of marine life.
Fish soup, but for experienced divers.


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KUDARAH THILA

lily beach kuda rah thila
Description:

Declared a protected marine area, this is one of the most exciting dives in South Ari Atoll. The 80m long thila reef top lies between 12-14 meters. The eastern part is characterized by large overhangs on both sides of the reef, sheltering huge numbers of blue striped snapper, oriental sweetlips, squirrel fish, and many other schooling fish. These are also home to a healthy variety of soft corals, feeding off the strong, nutrient rich currents that pass through this area. Large groupers, sting rays, and a variety of shark species also sometimes join the feast. A small tunnel swim-through at the western tip completes a truly memorable dive!


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THIKI THILA

lily beach thiki thila
Description:

This small, tear drop-shaped reef of around 60 metres in length, features many new, healthy corals covering the sloping sides.  There are also a series of many small overhangs at various depths, making it popular for observing smaller marine life such as shrimps and nudibranches, as well as other reef dwellers like scorpion fish, hawksbill turtles, and moray eels. Away from the reef, look for large dogtooth tuna, eagle rays, and white tips passing through the channel. With a variety of schooling fish surrounding the thila; small but beautiful!


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VELAGALI THILA

lily beach velagali thila
Description:

This small yet beautiful thila lies only 10 minutes north west of Huvahendhoo. Covered with a variety of overhangs and an abundance of fish life, you have a good chance of an encounter with just about anything here! Schools of fusiliers and bait fish often surround the thila, with hunting tunas, jacks, and mackerel chasing them in and around the reef.  Cleaner shrimps, moray eels, scorpion fish, lion fish, and maybe even a turtle, octopus or colored mantis shrimp hiding in the cracks and crevices make for a truly unforgettable dive. Fish soup!


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VILAMNEDHOO THILA

lily beach vilamendhoo thila
Description:

On the eastern side of our neighboring island is this narrow thila running north to south. On the west side is a steep drop-off with caves and overhangs from 10-25m. The eastern side also less steeply drops off towards the outer atoll providing some interesting caves and overhangs. There are many large sea fans and plenty of fish including batfishes, fusiliers and snappers. Good corals on the reef top. Mantas and occasional whale sharks are seen in this area. This dive can sometimes be strenuous


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ORIMAS FARU

lily beach Orimas faru
Description:

This dive site lies in the Ranveli channel on the outer reef, from south to north, where the outside wall drops away steeply. Along this outside reef you pass pretty overhangs ranging from 18-24m depth. Here you can see napoleon wrasses, white tip reef sharks and big groupers. The inside reef has a large sandy bay and some nice coral formations featuring many species of reef fishes.
A nice drift for all levels.


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RANVELI THILA

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

Ranveli Thila is a long L-shaped reef located in the channel between Ranveli and Dangethi. Depending upon the current it can be dived from both ways. The outside reef hosts many large caves and overhangs ranging from 18-28m depth. With ingoing current here is a good place to view sharks and eagle rays.  The northern side of the thila has a sandy bay with some large interesting coral formations, where you can see many snappers and sweetlips. An experienced eye will may be found one of the frog fish hiding there. A nice drift dive for all levels.


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GAVIAMAS THILA

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

An absolute top spot for macro fans. This reef has very nice overhangs one of which is a swim through tunnel. Named after the stonefish, Gaviamas in Dhivehi, here you will see the whole scorpion fish family: scorpion fish, stone fish and lion fish. Also hidden in the sponges, soft corals and anemones, you can encounter small crabs and shrimps. Making a perfect safety stop while swimming around the very colorful coral blocks on the western side of the reef, you may discover an octopus, mantis shrimp or flat worm.
Even with a light current, this dive site is accessible for all levels.


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ENDIRI THILA

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

The name “Endiri” comes from a particular type of coral found in vast abundance on this reef. If you look carefully amongst the bush-like growths, you can see in particular many long nose hawk fish hiding and socializing between the branches. Mantis shrimps, gobies, lion fish, moray eels, and many other reef dwellers also make their homes in and around the numerous overhangs and corals. A small, elongated thila, with a top reef at 10-12m and sharply sloping sides down to 25m and more. A top spot for video- and photographer, which can be easily circumnavigated if conditions allow. Everything is beautiful!


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KUDA MAAFUSHIVARU GIRI

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

This small and easy giri is over grown by many brown plate anemones providing shelter for many small fishes. There are some nice overhang formations on the south west side of the giri between 5-25m dropping off to a sandy bottom where soldier fish, lion fish and groupers have found their home. On the reef, sleeping turtles are hidden and we are also sometimes lucky with big tunas, and white and silvertip reef sharks.
Quite often, mantis shrimps are running on the reef, passing by members of the scorpion fish family.Schooling long fin banner fishes, fusiliers, batfish and red tooth trigger fish are also to be seen.


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THUMBEBE GIRI

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

Named like this after a nice school of banner fish which can be admired on this reef. But if you look carefully, you can see plenty more: groupers, glassfish and lion fish, much smaller marine life such as cleaner shrimps, hermit crabs and fantastic nudibranchs and slugs can also be found there. Out in the blue might even pass a white tip reef shark or barracudas and most of the times you will come across a turtle. It is an easy dive site for all levels of divers, with a top reef on 3m and nice walls with overhangs on the west side as well as gentle slopes on the north and south side.


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THELUVELIGAAA SOUTH

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

An very easy dive site, located next to the little island of Theluveligaa in the inside of the atoll, protected from strong currents.
It is a wonderful Coral Garden, full of newly grown hard corals. You will be amazed by the many beautiful staghorn and table corals. Also sponges and giant clams in all colours can be found. Amidst these corals you find all kinds of small reef fishes, nudibranchs, and if you are lucky even a lobster. Out in the blue, everything is possible, such as a white tip reef shark, an eagle ray or a manta mobula.


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BOHWA THILA

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

With a top reef on 5m and gentle slopes it is an ideal site for all levels of divers. A big school of banner fish awaits us as well as fusiliers, hunted by jackfish. The reef itself is covered with many brown plate anemones which offer perfect living conditions for small creatures as well as nice hard corals. On the northwest-side we find a couple of small overhangs hiding lion fish and groupers. It is worth spending more than just the safety stop on the top reef offering a couple of gorgeous coral blocks with hiding lobsters and sometimes even a nurse shark.


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HIYAMA THILA

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

With a top reef on 5m and gentle slopes as well as steep walls it is an ideal site for all levels of divers. Here you will find plenty of fishes! Once in the water you will be surrounded by banner fish and curious batfish following you. Next is a huge school of barracudas as well as big eyes and there is good chances to see white tip reef sharks. But also the grey reef sharks call this place their home, though they are shy. In the sandy bottom around the tila you might see a sleeping stingray or one of the quite rare thornback boxfish or flying gurnard. On the top reef many shells as well as octopuses and turtle can be found.


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MADI FARU

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

Between the months of May to November we quite often can view Mantas, these majestic animals feeding in plankton rich waters of outgoing current.  However, we can dive here all year round, as it is an easy dive site of around 80m length by 40m wide with something for everyone from small nudibranchs to guitar sharks. The west corner is covered with beautiful coral formations sloping off into a sandy bottom of garden eels. Stingrays and eagle rays can also be seen.


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FAANA MAA THILA

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

“Faana Maa Thila”, earns its name not only from the many types of “Grouper’, but more from the huge variety of different species you can find in and around this reef. It is actually more a series of tilas stretched across quite a wide area to make one large dive site.  Relatively protected from current, with a depth range between 10 and 25 metres, it is easily explored by both beginners and experienced divers alike. The reef top has both hard and soft corals of all shapes and sizes, which house a variety of reef dwellers from tiny glass fish, up to turtles, white tip reef sharks, and if luck is on your side, even a manta ray!


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DHIDHDHDO BEYRU

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

This outside reef lies in the very south east of Ari atoll. It is an easy  coralwall dive with depths ranging from 0m-30m, hosting many corals and reef fishes like red firegobies and snappers.
As we are on the outer reef we have the possibility to see many pelagic such as tunas, barracudas, groupers, napoleon wrasses, eagle rays and of course whale sharks!


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MADIVARU

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

Between the months of December and April the manta rays are to be seen at this dive site, when the nutrient rich water flows out of the atoll. The dive site itself drops off steeply from 8 to 25m with some pretty overhangs. Its position in the atoll makes it an ideal cleaning station for the mantas. We enjoy a full daytrip to this spot to be together with these magnificent, majestic creatures.


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MAAMIGI CORNER

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

Maamigili corner is located at the southern tip of Ari atoll where we go to look for whalesharks. If we are lucky we can have a close encounter with one of the biggest fish in the world during one of our dives here. Inside the channel we have a succession of nice overhangs and the corner itself is like a fish soup: groupers, snappers, sharks, thousands of fusiliers and sometimes manta mobulas seem to fly in the current. The top reef is also full of surprises with stone and scorpion fishes, moray eels, anemones, nudibranches and often some turtles feeding on the corals.


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FANHAMAS THILA

lily beach ranveli thila
Description:

This small thila lies only a short distance from Huvahendhoo to the south west, further inside the atoll and largely protected from faster currents, making it an easy dive site for everyone. The most distinct feature of the reef structure is the series of large overhangs that characterize the south west side of the thila between 8-25m. Schooling banner fish, fusiliers, long fin batfish, and red tooth trigger fishes are amongst the variety of fish that are commonly seen. Not forgetting of course moray eels, cleaner shrimps, and “lion fish”; from where the name “Fanhamas” originates. The top reef makes it also for an interesting safety stop, with some nice coral blocks and maybe a feeding turtle or a few baby white tip reef sharks.