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MAAREHA KANDU is a west-east oriented channel, located farthest east of the atoll Gaafu Alifu, offers impressive diving conditions, with dozens of grey reef sharks, eagle rays and many species of fish swimming here during incoming current. This site is particularly interesting during the northeast monsoon, and is accessible to divers of all levels, according to the entry point. Maareha Eagle Rays Garden is even accessible for snorkeling.
Divers can enter the water at the mouth of the channel or on the north corner, spending minimal time at the surface during strong currents.
The best way to spot as many species as possible is by crossing the channel at the edge. Divers usually start at the north of the channel entry, then drift along towards the south reef, making stops in the middle if sharks and eagle rays can be seen. After reaching the south reef, divers get carried away by the current towards the atoll and try to enter a narrow sandy channel where rays of different species can be seen.
Both the ascent and safety stop can be performed in open water or along the reef.
This channel is not as deep as other channels, but can be tricky due to the strong currents, even for experienced divers.
Maareha Kandu is a quite new dive site, and more and more divers are seen there. In order to preserve the area and to enjoy a quiet dive, consider waiting a few moments before diving if divers are already on the site.
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