Maldives Moray Madness (Watch Video)


The last dive opportunity we had while aboard the Blue Voyager was at a dive site called ‘Fish Tank’ at Kaafu Atoll. A special dive for one main reason – the huge number of Moray Eels that cram themselves into each and every nook and cranny!

You see, the dive site is directly underneath the jetty to a fish processing plant, and during the daily operations of moving the catch about, some of the fish remains end up back in the water. Whilst this might sound rather grim to most, the reality is a thriving and very healthy community of Moray Eels, Feather Tail Stingrays, Pink Whiprays, Barracuda, and a tonne of scavenging marine life that love nothing better than stripping the bones on free food!

We’ve been fortunate to have extensively dived some of the best underwater locations around the world, and seen a variety of Moray Eels on our travels, but this particular dive site is like no other we’ve visited. The sheer number of Eels is breathtaking – every hole in a rock is jam-packed, but the real shock is the staggering variance in size, shape and colour, whilst all living a happy life.

It’s like some kind of weird underwater hippy community – everyone is different, but so super chilled and living the good life!

Honeycomb Moray are in abundance, Groupers are back and forth, and on our dive there were two large Napoleon Wrasse that were cruising back and forth observing the weird bubble making human things.

A couple of divers on our trip passed on this dive under the thinking it was like some kind of fish graveyard, when in reality the fish bones are not that obvious and hard to notice.

If you do find yourself in the area just north of Male island and have the opportunity to dive at Fish Tank then jump at it – you will not be disappointed!

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Richard Stevens

Richard Stevens

Richard Stevens is a keen underwater videographer and half of the team at Black Manta Photography with his partner Hayley. He is a qualified TEC50 and sidemount diver who has been diving for nearly 15 years with hundreds of dives in varied locations around the world. A keen marine conservationist, with a passion for large pelagic marine animals, Richard has studied marine biology and spent time studying the ecology of sharks. Richard also has a huge ‘lust for rust’ and a burning desire to delve into the world of cave diving. Armed with his camera, his aim is to inspire others to witness the marvels in our beautiful oceans for themselves.

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