Snorkeling excursion by boat from Thudufushi

March 2004

Most maldivian resorts offer snorkeling excursions by boat to reefs that can't be reached from the beach. Thudufushi is of course no exception, so I take a couple of snorkeling trips to nearby thila (a kind of underwater island) where I can spot additional species of fish and enjoy different underwater landscape.

Thudufushi island, Maldives Maldive cruise by dhoni
The group leaves Thudufushi by dhoni (the typical maldivian boat) bound for a nearby thila for additional snorkeling. What is a thila? A thila is an underwater island, whose rocks and corals are extended up to water line.

 

A thila in Ari atoll, Maldives
The thila, as explained an underwater island, is now in sight. Here, the snorkelling trip starts.

 

Unicorn fish, Maldives
Photo of unicorn fish.

 

Anemnone and clown fish, snorkeling in the Maldives Anemnone and clown fish, snorkeling in the Maldives
Anemnone and clown fish, snorkeling in the Maldives Anemnone and clown fish, snorkeling in the Maldives
Anemnone and clown fish, snorkeling in the Maldives
Anemnone and clown fish, snorkeling in the Maldives Anemnone and clown fish, snorkeling in the Maldives
Anemnone and clown fish, snorkeling in the Maldives Anemnone and clown fish, snorkeling in the Maldives
Pictures of anemons and clown fish found around the thila.

 

Photo of a butterfly fish, probably a Chaetodon ulietensis.

 

Killer shell, diving in the Maldive islands Killer shell, diving in the Maldive islands
Killer shell, diving in the Maldive islands Killer shell, diving in the Maldive islands
Killer shell, diving in the Maldive islands Pictures of killer shells (Tridacna) found among rocks and corals of the thila.

 

Moorish idol, Maldives
Photo of Moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus)

 

Turtle, Maldives islands Turtle, Maldives islands
Turtle, Maldives islands Turtle, Maldives islands
Turtles can be seen frequently around thilas.

 

Snorkeling excursion from Thudufushi, Maldives Snorkeling excursion from Thudufushi, Maldives
Snorkeling excursion from Thudufushi, Maldives Fishes swimming on the reef around the thila.

 

Oriental sweetlip, snorkeling the Maldives reef
Picture of Plectorhinchus vittatus

 

Soldier fish, Maldives Soldier fish, Maldives
Photos of soldier fish.

 

Surgeon fish, Maldives Surgeon fish, Maldives
Surgeon fish, Maldives Photos of thila: a beautiful group of blue surgeon fish (Acanthurus leucosternon)

 

Corals in the Ari atoll, Maldives Corals in the Ari atoll, Maldives
Corals in the Ari atoll, Maldives Pictures of thila in the Maldives. Living corals, some of them home of many small fishes.

 

Dhoni in the Maldives
After about one hour of snorkeling, we climb on the dhoni in order to return to Thudufushi.

 

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