Ari Atoll Dive Sites
What seems an unusual name for a dive site becomes eminently clear when you first lay eyes on this reef. Normally you can expect to be dropped a short distance off the reef and you will make your way often aided by current to the large structure that features a large diagonal split down its middle - hence 'Broken Rock'.
The highest point of the reef is at around 12 metres and it drops to its base at 25 metres, where the early part of your dive is likely to be. Here it is possible to dive by going around the entirety of the rock, which can be done in slack currents. However most Ari Atoll dive guides will prefer to lead you through the canyon itself.
Obviously good buoyancy control and maintaining a safe distance from sessile life forms is the key to exploring such an area of delicate growth in conditions of current. You can enjoy an array of soft corals, gorgonian fans and sponges throughout the canyon and its smaller cracks and crevices. Marine life often spotted here includes Napoleon wrasse, turtles and moray eels. To the east of the thila is another rock formation which plateaus at around 17 metres and is worthy of investigation due to the presence of schools of blue-lined snapper and barracuda. The very fortunate may be lucky enough to spot a whale shark or two here in May and November.
Since the top of the reef is around 12 metres there are no shallows in which to do your safety stop, so in the absence of a line you will likely hang in the blue and possibly drift off the site, so be sure to have your safety sausage for this dive.
Broken Rock Reef Basics: Pinnacle
Depth: 12 - 30m
Visibility: 15 - 25m
Currents: Usually gentle but can be strong
Surface conditions: Normally calm
Water temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience level: Beginner to intermediate
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round.
Distance: 2.5 km north east of Dhigurah
Access: Maldives liveaboard
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