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Banana Reef, Maldives Overview

Banana Reef, one of the oldest reefs discovered in the Maldives is adorned with stunning caves, majestic cliffs, beautiful coral growths and powerful overhangs. Banana Reef is also populated by sharks, barracudas, and groupers, making Banana Reef one of the world's most popular dive sites. The calm and friendly currents coupled with great visibility prove to work really well for first-time divers, learners and novices to get their feet wet with. It is also quite a convenient option for expert and experienced divers because it allows them to go deeper and explore the vivid world beneath the surface of the waters better.

The range of the dive is quite wide - starts at 5 meters underwater and goes as deep as 30 meters underwater! Visibility remains immaculate in these clear waters up till 30 meters, and the water is quite accommodating too, ranging between a warm and comforting 24 degrees Celsius and 29 degrees Celsius. You can go scuba diving in these magical waters or even try snorkelling by the northern end of the reef. 

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The range of the dive is quite wide - starts at 5 meters underwater and goes as deep as 30 meters underwater! Visibility remains immaculate in these clear waters up till 30 meters, and the water is quite accommodating too, ranging between a warm and comforting 24 degrees Celsius and 29 degrees Celsius. You can go scuba diving in these magical waters or even try snorkelling by the northern end of the reef.

The southern part of the reef is actually quite dense, trees and greenery flock the dive site from all around. The current in these waters is quite strong, and this affects visibility too, in shallow and deep waters both. So, if you're a novice, best avoid the south of the reef. Diving in from the east is the more attractive option for both - newbies and experts. The east dive side allows you to explore shallow caves along the southeast wall and gives you the best access to the soft corals of the reef.

Drift diving from the east point is recommended for the experts because this will multiply your chances of spotting eagle rays, anemone city and even turtles! The northwest dive point is also a good option and will introduce you to one of the most stunning ergs you will have ever seen.


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As soon as you lower your head into this blue underworld, you will be greeted by prolific and vivaciously coloured coral beds. Find fan-shaped boulders and a plethora of anemones decorating the piled-up stones on the seabed. The colours are in mesmerising shades of purple, lilac, violet, flaming orange, deep maroon, indigo, sky blue and bright yellow! 

The coral growths are mainly soft corals, anemones and gorgonians and these invite a plethora of exotic and mind-numbingly beautiful fish. While the anemones themselves house thousands of tiny anemone fish, you will also find the emperor angelfish, the puffers and the unicorns. You can also anticipate seeing hunting lionfish, barracudas and groupers.

Say hello to the large schools of bannerfish that swim close by you in thousands or even more at a time! Bannerfish has beautiful vertical black and white striped patterns on their bodies along with long, dorsal fins. The mass of these fish together is so overpowering that you will feel the current of the water move as they do!

Grouper fish, another beauty you will find here, can be found in the caves and deep corals and will be accompanied by wrasse and other different kinds of fusilier, which include the blue dash and its striped versions. Don't forget the black snapper fish, barracudas, giant squirrelfish, oriental sweetlips, soldierfish and grub fish and many other mesmerisingly beautiful yet strongly fierce fish that call this reef their home.

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It is best to get here early in the morning, by 9:00 AM so that you are not bothered by the troublesome heat. The session is about 30 mins long- a 30-minute window to experience paradise. You should take about 3-4 hours to finish the whole activity, including travel times. The Banana Reef is accessible by speed boats which can be hired from the coast.

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