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The Fuvamulah northern reef is a gentle slope from 5m to 35m and then falls vertically. It hosts both reef and pelagic life. The center of the reef is quiet, whereas the eastern and western parts are more exposed to currents and generate turbulence. Just like the Fuvamulah southern reef, the northern reef will allow you to encounter many species including the oceanic Manta rays, great hammerhead sharks, sunfish (Mola mola) and the thresher sharks.
The water entry can be done in any part of the reef. It is recommended to check the current in several places before diving to avoid swimming against it. The site is accessible throughout the year, but during the northeast monsoon turbulence creates a strong current coming from both the west and the east.
You will be able to spot wild life both on the reef and in the blue, but big fish like oceanic Manta rays, hammerhead sharks, sunfish and thresher sharks will be more present in the blue, at any depth until the step between the ocean and the reef. Small and rare fish like leaf fish and moray eels can often be found on the reef. Even with strong turbulence at the eastern and western ends, this site is less technical than Fuvamulah south and can be explored by divers of almost all levels.
The ascent is usually done along the reef, using an SMB. Don't exit too far from the shore to avoid strong turbulence.
It is important not to disturb the Manta rays, which cross the site at least once a year to take refuge at Fuvamulah for a few days (during the end of March or beginning of April).
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