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Banana Reef

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The corals that grow on this 300 metre long banana shaped reef are like plates, so much so that they're nicknamed plate coral, though their real name is Acropora.

The north, or top end, of the banana has caves and overhangs, and open topped tunnels where the soft corals grow, which attract the prettiest fish. Napoleon wrasse and eels gather along the bottom of the reef, with thousands of Bannerfish in the deepest part of the dive at around 40 metres depth, and fusiliers and soldierfish come by in schools. The shallowest section of reef is around three metres deep – shallow enough for snorkellers to enjoy too, though this spot is appreciated by most as a wall or drift dive.

The nearest resort to this dive site is Club Med Farukolhufushi, it's one of the first Maldives dive sites to become well known, but it's still in good condition.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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