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Embudu Kandu is a famous channel between the ocean and Embudu Island. It is oriented east-west and the current generates turbulence and waves at the surface. The channel is around 35-45 meters deep and a thila is located at its north-east side. The most interesting route is when you explore it as a channel during incoming currents.
The sea life you can encounter over there includes sharks, humphead wrasses, eagle rays, tunas, schools of jacks and barracudas.
The water entry is done on the eastside at the channel’s entrance, but if you want to dive on the thila, you can enter upstream in the current at the end of the pinnacle. Do not wait at the surface for too long and enter with no air in the BCD.
During the dive, you may see grey reef sharks and eagle rays at the bottom, and whitetip sharks and humphead wrasses in shallow waters. You can dive along the reef towards the atoll or try to cross the channel at the edge, which might be more technical but will allow you to see more species.
The site’s level of difficulty is intermediate. The current is strong in Embudu Kandu, so divers must be experienced and follow a prior briefing. You may bring a hook to make stops in the current without damaging the reef. The best season to explore Embudu Kandu is during the Northeast monsoon.
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