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The Hammerhead Triangle – Cocos, Galapagos and Malpelo

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So, you like sharks? Big sharks? Hammerhead sharks? Then the Hammerhead triangle is where you want to be in your next diving holiday. Hammerhead sharks Their bizarre shape, their wave-motion and their powerful grace makes this animal one of the most sough-after sharks. This shark variety may reach the 6 meters size and weigh up to 580 kg; the particular hammer-shape consents the shark to a 360 degrees eyesight. Their habits are not the most common among other sharks: they swim in schools during the day and hunt solitarily at night. Hammerheads can been spotted in warm waters, along the coastline of many places in the world but there is a special place where they particularly like to hang around: the hammerheads triangle. The hammerheads triangle The imaginary triangle formed between Cocos, Galapagos and Malpelo islands is a well-known location in the scuba diving community for its massive presence of hammerheads sharks. These three islands confine some of the best diving spots in the world where you can see of up to 200 / 300 hammerheads swimming in schools. Situated west of Central America, this golden triangle is formed among three different countries: Galapagos Islands, situated 1,000 km of the…

Dive with Hammerhead Sharks in Gordon Rocks – Galapagos

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Three rocks emerge from the water, they are part of an extinct volcanic crater and, together with the submerged pinnacles, gives this dive the shape of an open semi-circle. In the middle of it, an imposing pinnacle (El Pinaculo) emerges from the 32 meters depth bottom and creates funky washing machines. In front of it, between two of the exposed rocks, other three aligned pinnacles are set as the gate: the entrance to the dive spot. Gordon Rocks is probably the best diving site that you can reach from Santa Cruz, without the need of joining a liveaboard excursion. You can reach it within 45 minutes to 1 hour navigation from Puerto Ayora. La Lavadora (washing machine), the local name of this site, is considered one of the most challenging dives in Galapagos. When there is current, it totally deserves the recognition. Like most of other places around the world, it depends on the day, the hour, the moon and many other factors, so as you could dive Gordon without a breeze of current, most of the time you’ll have from moderate to intense current as well. This is why it is not recommended for beginner divers. Knowing ahead that the…

Dive Thudufushi Thila in the Maldives

Dive Thudufushi Thila – Ari Atoll, Maldives

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While you’re staying in the southern part of the Ari Atoll, Maldives, you shouldn’t miss one of the most celebrated dive spots of the area: the Thudufushi Thila. Located 3 Km from Thudufushi Island and 14 Km from Athuruga island, this beautiful dive site lies in the middle of Kalhahandhi Kandu, at the north of Panettone (another famous dive site in the nearby area). It’s a big Thila of one kilometer diameter and it’s characterized by the circular form. The top of the shoal is at 8 meters and it drops vertically in steps down to 35 meters, where the bottom is sandy. One of the very best diving can be enjoyed in this northern part of the site. This spot is located at the beginning of a pass and occasionally the current can be very strong; because of this, this dive can be a bit difficult when the current is too strong. Due to the presence of the current, if you look into the blue, in the middle of the channel, you can see a lot of marine life, particularly of pelagic life, such as Dog-toothed Tunas, Eagle rays, Jack Fish and Grey Reef Sharks; during the North-East Monson…

Dive Mushimasmigili Thila in the Maldives

Shark Thila or Mushimasmigili Thila or Fish Head

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Fish Head is a very well known diving point in the middle of Ari Atoll. The thila is a protected area and it is so famous that it has three different names: Shark Thila, Mushimasmigili Thila and Fish Head. This Maldivian dive spot is particularly interesting for the massive quantity of life it hosts; even the thila’s shape is quite interesting: a straight cube emerges from a 40 meters sandy bottom up to a height of 6/8 meters, all around only white sand and blue water. The top of the tila is generally flat, a couple of canyons and big stones offer cover for groupers and morays. A line of overhangs originates from the top of the thila down to the first drop off at around 20 meters. Here you can find big swarms of blue-lined snappers. Being this a relatively small thila, you’ll dive it all around. You’ll jump on the side where the current comes from and huge swarms of fusiliers will welcome you. Slightly on the side you’ll spot big swarms of doctor fish and, close to the reef, there will be plenty of redtoothed triggerfish. Huge bluefin and giant trevally are restlessly hunting them; below the swarm…

Dive Miyaru Kandu in the Maldives

Miyaru Kandu, Felidhoo Atoll, Maldives

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Miyaru Kandu, one of the most famous dive spots close to Alimatha Village in Felidhoo Atoll, Maldives, a great place where you can observe big pelagic fish. In fact “Miyaru” is the Dhihevi name for “shark”, so it is of no surprise that Miyaru Kandu is a great dive spot for catching sight of sharks and other big fishes. The strong current that is usually found in this “kandu” is the main reason why the marine life is so rich and fascinating. Don’t expect to find incredible colourful corals as this is a place to observe the big fish rather than gorgeous corals. When you have a medium to strong incoming current, the boat will drop you at the end of the “kandu”; from there you’ll descend in the middle of the blue. The best point to spot big pelagic fish like sharks, dogtooth tuna and eagle rays is around the corner of the pass.[spacer height=”20px”] When you look into the blue you can spot different types of sharks, from the more common grey reef sharks, to hammerhead sharks and, when the luck plays in your favour, even some tiger sharks. The best place to see whitetip and blacktip sharks…