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Thaa Atoll presents a few channels located on its North side, which are known for hosting many corals. Wildlife is very present during incoming currents, but the oceanic current often generates unpredictable turbulence. This dive site has a reef in the middle. The most interesting is in front of this reef and in the channel on its west side, where grey reef sharks, whitetip sharks, eagle rays, stingrays, tunas, barracudas, hammerhead sharks, sailfish or humpback parrotfish can be seen.
The water entry can be performed facing the middle reef or on the outer reef, and spending minimal time at the surface will be necessary during strong currents.
Divers can start along the edge or facing the reef, according to the current, and then drift along the reef towards the atoll.
Divers can ascend either in open water or along the reef. The dhoni will recover them at their exit point.
The oceanic current often generates turbulence in the area. When it is strong, it tends to suck the water present in the channel even if the current's direction is opposite. It is recommended to get in the water when the tidal current is the strongest, in order to minimize the impact of the phenomenon on the fauna.
This site is accessible all year long, and is suitable for divers with experience at 20-30m. It is recommended to use a reef hook in order to reduce contact between divers and the reef, and then preserve the area.
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