The waters that surround the Maldives archipelagos are known for its spectacular formations of coral reef, packed with an array of beautiful colours and teeming with tropical fish. These unique reefs make superb diving spots for those interested in diving or snorkelling, and one of the best reefs to check out is known as HP Reef. Located near the north Male atolls, the HP Reef is a marine protected area that is home to different kinds of coral reef formations in hundreds of eye-catching colours.
Commonly known as Rainbow Reef, it is situated alongside a narrow channel which provides the nourishment needed for the incredible growth of soft, blue corals, which support an abundance of marine life. The unique formations here include massive blocks of coral, caves and 25m vertical, swim-through chimney.
Because it is protected marine area and the currents can be quite strong on occasions, the best and safest way to experience the reef is with a diving instructor who can show you all the top locations; and luckily, you can always find a good one at any Resort in Maldives. Most resorts like the PER AQUUM Niyama Maldives, will offer special excursions to HP Reef so be sure to check with the resort you’re staying at.
Apart from the stunning corals reefs, keep an eye out for schools of jack and barracudas, rainbow runners and tunas that call this area home. You might even spot a few eagle rays fly gliding through the waters looking for plankton, and grey reef sharks swimming nearby as well. If you’re a fan of diving then a visit to this magnificent reef is not to be missed.
If you are looking for a close encounter with beautiful marine life nestled among amazing corals reef beneath the deep blue sea, this place is for you.
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