Go on an Undersea Adventure at Kanuhura
December 01 2017
December 01 2017
The Maldives is one of those idyllic holiday destinations that most people spend their lives only ever dreaming about. Gorgeous exclusive islands are scattered in the Indian Ocean like a broken necklace of glittering emeralds. Luxury resorts on exclusive islands, or made up of three islands as Kanuhura, offers wild-hearted adventurers a taste of true tropical bliss, where every detail has been specifically designed and created to ensure the guest journey is totally unforgettable. It’s a land of wonder and adventure, where free-spirited souls can reconnect with nature, themselves, and what it is to feel at peace. But a plethora of exceptional experiences await guests both onshore and off. White powdered beaches fade into topaz tropical waters, teeming with incredible life and untouched vivid corals, where an entirely different world is waiting to be explored. Kanuhura offers guests some remarkable undersea adventures in the Maldives, which is considered by some of the top divers to be one of the best diving destinations in the world. Here’s what guests eager for an underwater journey can look forward to enjoying at Kanuhura:
Exceptional dive sites
Situated in the eastern part of the Lhaviyani Atoll, Kanuhura has access to some of the destination’s most incredible dive sites. The Lhaviyani Atoll offers 40 sites, with a huge choice of underwater landscapes and marine life to explore and discover. The exceptional range of dive sites also means that there are more than enough sites for both advanced divers and beginners. Gorgeous expanses of reef inside the atoll, as well as many of the outer reefs, form channels of current where a plethora of sea life can be seen. Within the range of dive sites, there is a turtle spot, two shipwrecks and a shark point.
Some of the remarkable sites close to Kanuhura include Maa Giri, Zafari, Kanuhura Corner, Express, Caves, Kuda Beru, Fushi Varu, Shipyard and many others (some of these are you can find more detail o in or post on diving in the Maldives). Each day the sites to be explored will be chosen based on the level of the divers as well as the conditions on the day. Factors that are taken into consideration are the current, the waves and the general weather. Naturally, Kanuhura’s Sun Dive and Watersports Centre try to offer the best possible choice available for their guests, ensuring that guests have a thrilling, yet safe, adventure exploring the undersea world. Most of the dive sites are typically reached by Dhoni (a traditional Maldivian boat) within 30 minutes.
While there are specific times of year when the diving conditions are at their best, year-round guests have the possibility of spotting turtles, Napoleon wrasses, rays, tunas, grey reef sharks and colourful schools of fish. But the incredible array of small marine life which can be discovered right on the reefs also make for a remarkable experience while diving.
Outstanding diving conditions
If you are an avid diver, then it’s important to know when the best time to head to the Maldives is. In January, guests can expect great weather and a light breeze, which means that the water is generally not very choppy. While the visibility is not yet crystal clear, it still makes for incredible dives. Occasionally a strong current is present, which, if guests are lucky, could mean that Mantas pass divers by as they ride the current.
From February to mid-April, the diving conditions are nothing short of fantastic in terms of visibility and sea conditions. The water is usually calm and perfectly clear with an abundance of schools of fish—a sight absolutely perfect for wide angle underwater shots. This is also the perfect time to see hundreds of dolphins (although these you can see best on the surface of the water as you head towards or from your dive site) and it’s possible to see whales at this time of year as well.
From May onwards visibility can be limited but divers still have the opportunity to spot a huge variety of young fish between May and November. At this time of year, the plankton attracts manta rays and—if you are really lucky—whale sharks. For those that would love a chance to see the graceful mantas in their natural habitat, the best time to see them on Kanuhura’s atoll is between May and July or between October and December. While they are sometimes spotted passing by through the year, this is certainly the best time of year to glimpse them and at some of the dive sites, or occasionally even on the surface, but exceptionally fortunate guests can even spot them as they rid themselves of parasites at their cleaning stations.
Kanuhura offers ample opportunity to enjoy a dive
Kanuhura offers divers two-time slots every day in which to enjoy the tropical turquoise waters. You can either choose to dive at 09:00 or 14:30 and for those that would like to embrace a two-tank dive (which is two dives at two different diving spots with a one-hour surface interval on the boat) this only leaves at 09:00. For the true adventure seekers looking for a magical experience, Kanuhura also offers night dives two to three times a week. Certified divers need to register at the dive centre by 17:00 (at the latest) for the next evening’s dive. Every guest that embarks on a diving adventure is required to sign a medical questionnaire and if there is any health history that may exclude you from a dive it’s vital to bring a statement from your doctor saying that you are fit to enjoy the activity.
Non-divers have incredible snorkelling options
Guests that prefer to navigate the water while snorkelling still have ample options to enjoy the azure Indian Ocean and all of its hidden treasures. Kanuhura’s dive centre also runs snorkelling excursions (that also make the use of a Dhoni) three to four times a week. This epic adventure lasts two and a half hours, with a solid hour reserved exclusively for snorkelling. The best snorkelling sites nearby are approximately 30-35 minutes by boat but this activity is heavily weather dependent. Each day, about 30 minutes before the excursion starts, the experts at the dive centre decide if the snorkelling excursion will take place or not and which site will be best to explore. This excursion takes up to 16 participants (all of which need to be able to swim), with the minimum age allowed on the excursion being six years old. With the abundance of marine life in the Maldives, snorkellers are also afforded the incredible opportunity to see a plethora of tropical fish—from Triggerfish to butterflyfish, fusilier and parrot fish to name but a few of them. It’s also possible to spot turtles, Napoleon wrasses and with a spot of luck, even some rays.
Always wanted to go diving? Why not take a course at Kanuhura’s dive centre?
For those who don’t dive but would absolutely love to try it out, or for those that would like to upskill, the phenomenal news is that Kanuhura has a huge range of wonderful PADI diving courses and certifications on offer that you can take while on holiday. From training dives and an Open Water Diver Course to a Rescue Diver Course and a Nitrox Course—Kanuhura caters for practically every requirement. They also offer a range of diving equipment for rental and there are courses that are suitable for children from the age of eight and up.
If you are craving a holiday destination that is totally outstanding and offers everything wild-hearted adventurers could ever want, then look no further than a stay at Kanuhura. This magical oasis offers gypsetters a world of adventure—from phenomenal picnics spent on deserted islands to hours spent exploring the undersea world, a holiday in paradise doesn’t get better than this.