Congratulations to Abdul

Abdul went snorkeling for the first time when he was 8 years old and loved it. He did his first dive when he was 25. He became a divemaster in 2010 and today he has become a PADI Scuba Instructor. Congratulations to Abdul. Abdul started working with Ocean Dimensions as a PADI divemaster in 2017…

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PADI Refresher Course

The PADI refresher course has become very popular with many people being unable to travel or scuba dive for the past two years. If you were a new scuba diver before the pandemic maybe by now you have lost some confidence. If you are an experienced diver perhaps you just want to ease yourself back…

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Operation Cleanup and Weird Lagoon Creatures

How operation cleanup up came to be Here at Brennia Kottefaru we occasionally have some spare time between dives. So, we decided to do Operation Cleanup in our lagoon. We noticed on the resort staff board they planned to do one too. So, of course, we pooled our resources and did it together. It is…

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Ghost Pipefish

While out on an easy beginner dive, Alex one of our instructors spotted a pair of ornate ghost pipefish along the Kihaa house reef!  This is very exciting news for us as they are quite a rare find but often stay in the same place for a while. As soon as Marc found out he…

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Stingrays in the Maldives

Many types of stingrays in the Maldives cruise the shallow lagoons of the islands. Others prefer to lie in deep caves only to be seen by passing divers.  Often confused with a manta ray with its triangular wing and large size, stingrays are a round shape and use their disc-like body in a ripple motion…

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New base leaders at Ocean Dimensions in Raa Atoll

We would like you to meet our new base leaders at Ocean Dimensions, Kev from Ireland and Sim from Germany. Let’s have a look how they got here. Not to this island (they took a seaplane like everyone else), but to this point in their diving journey. Let’s work our way back. Germany Kev and Sim spent…

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Spotting Sharks for National Geographic

Spotting Sharks for National Geographic This past month, we spent a week diving with a film crew from National Geographic. They are shooting a documentary of the Blacktip Reef Sharks in the Maldives that have a very peculiar skin pattern, caused by a genetic disorder. The film crew included Alex Sherratt (Director – Roller Coaster…

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How do nudibranchs find each other in the big wide open ocean?

Nudibranchs are part of the sea slug family. The 2500 plus species come in an array of different colours. Some are bright, some dull, some fluorescently patterned, some with big horns, some teeny tiny, some stretching up to 30-40 cm in length! All known nudis are carnivorous and usually their coloration is due to what…

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1 hour at our Manta Cleaning Station

What you can see during a 1 hour at our Manta Cleaning Station: Sometimes you see a brown cloud coming out of a mantas rear end. This means the manta is having a poo. On occasion you see a bag like ‘thing’ several times coming in and out of the mantas rear end. It is…

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Coconut

When someone says tropical island some of the first things that come to mind are turquoise water, sandy beaches, palm trees and Coconuts! There are many different names for the coconut in Dhivehi depending on what stage in the lifecycle it is in. The main stages are: Gobolhi This is the first stage of the…

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