Photos From the 7th Heaven and the Napoleon’s Reef Dive Sites, South Ari Atoll, Maldives


Photos From the 7th Heaven and the Napoleon’s Reef Dive Sites, South Ari Atoll, Maldives

The names of some dive sites around the world are descriptive, or named after their location near a famous wreck, or for their uniqueness.

Sometimes a dive site is named after the kind of fish or sharks that frequently visit the site, or by the coral or rock formations that shape the site.

There is no doubt that “7th Heaven” is an apt description of this dive site.

This dive site, located in the South Ari Atoll, has large overhanging caves, with colorful live corals dripping down from the ceilings.

When you approach these caves, they are dark.

But when you flash your torch or flashlight into the cave, you will see the amazing colors of the corals that grow down from these beautiful cave ceilings.

There are also fish that swim upside down from the ceilings, as well as colorful scorpion fish with their spikes and horns.

You might not recognize them in the photos, but I have added some photos of the stone-fish.

Masters of camouflage, the stone-fish looks just like the rocks it sits on.

It is a poisonous fish and so it is best to be sure not to touch it by mistake.

Napoleon’s Reef is no longer frequented by the largest Napoleon fish, but it is a beautiful dive site with lots of interesting marine life.

After diving here for almost two weeks, I have developed my own preferences, and if possible, I like to dive with a really cool German couple who have dived all over the world.

They are competent and skilled divers with a keen eye, and they like to go slowly, at a relaxed pace, and they spot many creatures for me to photograph.

I am always so grateful to be diving with them, whenever I get a chance to be on the same boat with them.

In the next few days, I will add more photos of other dive sites that I have liked the most.

With deep blue joy and blessings,

Tali

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