One of the most beautiful diving sites in Maldives, the HP Reef, located at the North Male Atoll, is also referred to as the 'Girifushi Thila' and the 'Rainbow Reef', the latter owing to the plethora of brightly coloured corals that adorn the seabed. The resplendent reef is full of astonishing formations, which include crevices, splendid caves, huge blocks, and a whopping vertical swim-through chimney which reaches up to a height of 25 metres. A large portion of the HP Reef is laden with bright blue, orange, and yellow corals, including gorgonians, sea fans, and sea whips, while hundreds of small fish, eagle rays, barracudas, grey reef sharks, and dog-toothed tunas throng the place on a frequent basis. The HP Reef is a year-round site for diving. With dives that reach up to the depths of 40 metres, this reef is an ideal spot for those who seek to uncover the fascinating mysteries of the world underwater. At present, this is a Protected Marine Area in the island nation of the Maldives.
Close your eyes and imagine yourself transported into a world where colourful shoals of fish surround you as they move past you, where the clear, turquoise water envelopes you as you get to see a whole new world that thrives in the depths of the sea. Sounds like a real treat, doesn't it? Well, you can experience this and much more in the HP Reef in the Maldives. The HP Reef is situated close to a narrow channel where they receive nourishment from the currents that flow through the Somosomo Strait towards the Taveuni Island, located a few miles away. The nutrients which are provided by the current enhance the growth of soft, colorful corals, and also support the lives of the schools of fish and the diverse range of other oceanic creatures.
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