On the inner lagoon side of Bokkafushi Island where we head for our picnics and snorkeling excursions, we came across hundreds of ‘Convict Tangs’, furiously swimming around and devouring any fish eggs that are often are attached to the shallow corals.
During the Bokkafushi island trip, Jude spied a ‘False Stonefish’ from the surface at a depth of around 6m- super spotting! Taken from their Latin name of Scorpaenopsis diabolus, they are sometimes referred to as ‘Devil Scorpionfish’.
This species of scorpionfish is quite rare here in Laamu Atoll. This is the first we have spotted in ten months.
We had the pleasure of diving with Jo and Patrick coming all the way from Sweden for these last few days. On the last day we went together to our other island called Bokkaifushi for some snorkeling and a picnic lunch.
Laamu Atoll and Gan Island allows travelers to get deep inside the interior of Maldivian islands. Today I made another Jeep Safari with Fauzi who….basically knows everything about everything.
On the eastern side of the island, close to where there are some remains of an ancient buddhist temple site, there are plenty of fruit bats to be seen. These are not actually ‘real’ bats as they do not have echo-location abilities to catch insects on the wing like ‘real’ bats. Fruit bats aka flying foxes grow huge. Occasionally seen during the day, they are especially visible in the twilight flying overhead.
Here’s Cliff from Wild by Nature on our ‘dhoni’ boat named ‘Noomas’. We went out on a sunset fishing trip up to the outer reef. Thanks to whoever created sunsets!!
Greenpeace came to Laamu Atoll to held an international conference on sustainable tuna fisherie, at Reveries Diving Village…
It was very nice to meet all these interesting people!
And we had the chance to spend an evening on the Rainbow Warrior 3!!! (si si, meme moi ^_^)
And to play in the Captain Cabin
We couldn’t play with the Helicopter though… ^_^
We also met some members of Ecocare Maldives
And the next day we had the pleasure to dive and snorkel with some Greenpeace members at Berashdhoo Faru, where we saw white tip sharks, plenty of schooling fusiliers, some batfish and lionfish.
It was a pleasure to welcome you all! Safe travel 🙂
Laamu Dive and Surf and Reveries Hotel have some great package deals for the winter season. For more info check the Reveries website: HERE
Hopefully nobody will realise that its November 1st….
This photo was taken last week at a depth of only 2m… I was teaching a PADI Open Water course at Olhuveli, looked over and there they were. Strangely enough, this is the second time that a pair of ‘seagrass ghost pipefish’ have joined me during a course- the other was in Egypt.