Banana Reef Dive Site

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This dive site was one of the first dive sites in the Maldives, to be discovered. All divers will be able to enjoy this spectacular dive, with its fantastic reef, beautiful topography, and health corals. It is a drift dive that is found inside the Nord Nilandhe Atoll and a nice and easy dive.

The dive site is a reef that is said to look like a banana, which is where it gets its name. The current is normally mild, but if there is a strong current than it should not be completed by inexperienced divers, as the currents can push divers up and down and make it difficult to control buoyancy.

The reef slopes down from around 2 metres to about 30 metres and ends up with some interesting corals formed on the bottom of the ocean. There are some overhangs and canyons to be explored and in some parts, there are large boulders that sit away from the reef. These are covered with many soft corals and look stunning. The current has created the overhangs, which in some parts lead to a vertical wall. The site has a lot to offer divers because of this varied structure.

Divers can expect to see stingrays and sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom. Throughout the reef, divers will be astounded by the many fish in view. There are large schools of snappers, oriental sweet lips, and fusiliers. On the reef wall, there are many triggerfish to be found as well as pufferfish, soldierfish, squirrelfish, pufferfish, and wrasse. On one side of the reef, towards the eastern part at 15 metres, there is normally a school of over 1000 bannerfish and often moray eels can be found in this part of the dive.

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