Excursion to Athuruga, Ari atoll, Maldives islands

March 2004

Day trip from Thudufushi to its sister island of Athuruga, for more interesting snorkeling and additional sightseeing. The reef in Athuruga is not beautiful like that in Thudufushi, however, in Athuruga I met dozens of baby sharks and many eagle rays, species that I didn't see in Thudufushi.

Dhoni sailing to Athuruga Athuruga, Ari atoll, Maldives
Because of a Thudufushi vs. Athuruga soccer derby, an excursion to Athuruga, about 1 hour away by dhoni boat, is offered toady for free.

 

Panoramic view of Athuruga
Photo of Athuruga. A panoramic view of Athuruga from the bridge.

 

Aerial view of Athuruga, Indian ocean
A picture of Athuruga from the airplane, taken from a floatplane a few days later.

 

Athuruga island beach, Ari atoll, Maldives
The wide beach on one side of Athuruga, now used like a small stadium.

 

Athuruga island beach, Ari atoll, Maldives Athuruga lagoon, Ari atoll, Maldives
Athuruga island beach, Ari atoll, Maldives
Athuruga lagoon, Ari atoll, Maldives Pictures of Athuruga. Like the sister island Thudufushi, Athuruga can be walked all around in less than 15 minutes.

 

Athuruga island resort, Maldives Athuruga island resort, Maldives
Athuruga island resort, Maldives The interior part of Athuruga is, like Thudufushi, covered by a dense vegetation and white sand.

 

Snorkeling Athuruga island, Maldives
And now... snorkeling!

 

Eagle ray, Athuruga, Maldives
I soon spot some eagle ray...

 

Scuba diving Athuruga, Ari atoll, Maldives
...many colorful fishes...

 

Turtle, Athuruga reef, Ari atoll, Maldives Turtle, Athuruga reef, Ari atoll, Maldives
...and a turtle!

 

Clown fish and anemone, Athuruga, Maldives
Anemon with clown fishes.

 

 

Baby shark, Athuruga, Ari atoll, Maldives Baby shark, Athuruga, Ari atoll, Maldives
Athuruga is known because, thanks to the position in the middle of Ari atoll, the island is a favourite place for baby sharks.

 

Oloturia, Athuruga, Ari atoll, Maldives
Sea cucumber picture

 

Baby shark, Athuruga, Ari atoll, Maldives
Often the baby sharks get very close to the beach.

 

Stingray, Athuruga, Ari atoll, Maldives
Picture of a stingray.

 

Sunset in the indian ocean, Maldives
After the soccer derby, won by Thudufushi, we go back to our island just in time for the sunset.

 

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