5 Underwater Shipwrecks in the Sunny Side of Life
The Maldives is a world-renowned holiday destination that has a unique undersea beauty. The island nation has become popular amongst scuba divers, because of the breathtaking sceneries of the diverse ecosystem that is found below the water. Apart from the reef gardens and magnificent sea creatures, this diver’s paradise has historical sites such as shipwrecks. Listed below are some of the most notable 5 Underwater Shipwrecks in the Sunny Side of Life.
MV Maldives Victory –
The Maldives Victory lies 35 metres below the surface of the water, on a sandy bottom just 10 minutes from Male’ City, southwest of Hulhule Reef. The 110 Metre long ship set sail on February, Friday the 13th in 1981, and sank the very next day. The entire wreck is covered with soft corals and fishes now accommodating it, however a lot of the cargo that was aboard the ship when it sank are still present to this day. The wreck site is considered an advanced diving area, although when there is not much current it can be an easy spot to dive.
Rannamaari Wreck –
Named after the local folk story, this dredging ship sunk in 1999, after being towed to Ansgana Ihuru. It was going to be used as an artificial reef but sunk mysteriously and lies at 28 metres below the surface of the water. The wreck site in the island resort Angsana Ihuru is now home to vibrant corals and a thousnads of sea creatures.
The Halaveli Wreck –
The “Highly 18” cargo vessel sunk in 1991, and lies at a depth of 28 metres. The sunken ship sits upright whilst its bow faces the northwest, at about 20 metres from the reef. This wreck site is situated close to the luxurious resort, Halaveli Island Resort and can be accessed easily. Sea turtles, morays, mackerels and even anemones are found in this wreck.
Fesdu Wreck –
situated in the south west of Fesdu Resort, this 30 metre long fishing trawler sunk in the eighties, lying at a depth of 30 metres underwater. The entire wreck is covered with soft and hard corals, moray eels, groupers, and plenty of other fish life in different areas of the boat. Fesdu wreck is located at the end of a Thila, which is 50 metres from Viligilee Falhu Reef. The dive usually begins from the wreck and finished on the small thila.
British Loyalty wreck –
Sunk at the end of World War 2, during a torpedo attack, the British Loyalty is found in Addu Atoll. The wreck lies 33 metres of water, with the port side below the surface in 16 metres. The British Loyalty wreck is an excellent dive site, with a whole in the torpedo where scuba divers can entre and explore the inside of the ship. Coral life is present both inside and outside the 140 metre wreck.
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