South Ari Atoll, Dhigurashu Kandu
About 80 metres long, what distinguishes this thila from the
others is a canyon that cuts through the diameter of the thila.
The canyon is about one to three metres wide and 10 metres deep.
It slices the reef from south east to north west. The top of
the reef is 14 metres and the canyon reaches a maximum depth
of 24 metres. Swimming through this 50 metre long canyon is
one of the highlights.
range: 12 - 28 meters.
life: The strong currents and protected pockets
on the reef have made an ideal environment for an amazing variation
of marine life from strong branching seafans and soft coral
to schools of barracuda, fusilier, tallfin batfish and turtles.
comment: Excellent opportunities for photography
but have to be extremely careful not to cause damage to the
corals. It is not advisable to take your cameras, when current
is running in. Sharp corners, jutting outcrops and narrow squeezes
make this site especially vulnerable to diver damage.