New beginnings

It is time for new beginnings and we all feel a mixture of excitement and sadness. It is never easy to say goodbye, specially when your colleagues have become your family away from home. A few days ago, the whole Ocean Dimensions team went out for dinner at a neighbor resort. It was a special…

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Overcoming a phobia

Phobia, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary is an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. During the years we’ve been working in the diving industry we have come across a few divers with some kind of phobia. A lot of people are scared of sharks (thanks to Hollywood) we all know,…

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30 meters visibility

Currently we have perfect conditions with visibility up to 30 meters and more. As usual the northeast monsoon brings not only good visibility into the Baa Atoll but also strong currents coming from the East. We have to choose our dive sites carefully and luckily we have many long reefs where we can drift along…

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Zero Plastic Run

We have a super fit team of PADI dive instructors! Oleg, Joerg, Marc and Margherita go running almost every day. Some run in the gym, others run on the path around the island which is nearly 1 km long. Yes, they do many runs around our island but the good thing is they don’t encounter…

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Two bottlenose dolphins at Dhonfanu Wall

This week, our diving instructor Joerg and two of our divers had a very special underwater encounter. A truly magical moment! They were at Dhonfanu Wall, midway through their second morning dive when they saw two bottlenose dolphins. At first, they thought it would be one of those lucky but fast encounters, where you just…

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Dhigali Haa – a Marine Protected Area

After an enjoyable 40 minute boat ride, sitting on the sun roof of our dhoni we arrive at Dhigali Haa – a Marine Protected Area. On the way we pass 2 beautiful idyllic blue lagoons, Dhigufaru and Angafaru – we almost want to stop and go for a swim. Angafaru Lagoon as well as our…

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Two Harlequin Shrimp in the Kihaa Lagoon

Harlequin Shrimp – what does this name remind you of, a Harlequin Clown in a colourful costume? That is exactly how this shrimp got its name – it has a uniquely orange, white and purple coloured body. Not many divers have ever seen it and guess where and how we found it. Margherita discovered the…

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The First Baa Atoll Manta Festival

You have not heard about the Manta Festival yet? Or you live too far away and were not able to attend? Here and on our facebook page we have some photos and stories of the day for you. The Maldives’ first ever Manta Festival was designed to celebrate and conserve manta rays and the marine…

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Maafin Thila – a dive site on the edge.

About 25 minute boat ride from Kihaa, right at the edge of the Baa Atoll, lies Maafin Thila. So we won’t get swept away into the open ocean, we only dive here on a current coming into the Atoll. After careful current checks we start our dive in the blue water and drift onto the…

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Underwater Symbiotic Relationships – Part III

Here we are, back with some more interesting underwater symbiotic relationships. It looks like it is an endless topic, in a good way. Batfish and Green Turtle This is an odd pair that I never paid much attention to, but it caught my eye when I was going through some underwater turtle pictures. Suddenly I…

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