HP Reef

Attraction Between Girifushi and Himmafushi, Maldives Published on: 13-11-2015

4 hours
09:00 AM
01:00 PM
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
HP Reef or "Girifushi Thila” is one of the best known and most beautiful dive sites on this island nation.

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Why HP Reef is special ?

HP Reef, or Girifushi Thila, or ‘Rainbow Reef’ is so named for its profusion of brilliantly colored soft corals. It is also called the soft coral capital of the world. These spectacular corals benefit from the rich flow of nutrients provided by the currents which flow through the Somosomo Strait between the resort and the island of Taveuni a few miles away. HP Reef sits beside a narrow channel where currents provide nourishment for incredibly rich growths of soft, blue corals, and support a large variety of reef fish and pelagics. The formations include large blocks, spectacular caves and a 25m vertical, swim-through chimney. Today, HP Reef is a Protected Marine Area in Maldives.


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What to explore at HP Reef?

HP Reef is one of the best known and most beautiful dive sites on this island nation. Sandwiched between two outer atoll islands, strong currents are a permanent feature making diving here very exciting, while providing plenty of nutrients for both corals and fish. This protected reef enjoys overhangs, caves and crevices rising from 30 meters below the sea to ten at the top.

Most of the reef is completely covered in yellow, blue and orange soft hanging corals, as well as stunning sea fans. The current attracts an astonishing variety of small reef fish and large pelagic species such as gray reef sharks, eagle rays, tunas and barracudas. To really enjoy this dive you will need to be a confident and experienced diver.

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How to get to HP Reef?

HP Reef is located between Girifushi and Himmafushi, you can get there by speedboat about 10 - 15 minutes.

Selling points

  • As great as it always is
  • Some serious current but fabulous dive
  • Another world at HP Reef
  • Fantastic diving at a great site
  • Extraordinary and superb soft corals
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Estimated
2,389.41 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Between Girifushi and Himmafushi, Maldives

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Tips for you

  • You should beware that strong currents are sometimes found at this site and a surface balloon is necessary.
    Safety
  • During mild current, it's better for you to swim slowly, while observing the coral blocks, caves and overhangs.
    Things to do
  • You should do keep a lookout for the red flag that signals the presence of particularly strong currents with diving being prohibited for the interim.
    Things to do
  • HP Reef is not desirable for beginners because an average depth of diving is 20 meters.
    Experience
  • The coral blocks and the caves at HP Reef are filled with multicolored soft coral and you should keep your eyes open for the many invertebrates, including nudibranchs, leaf fish and many more.
    What to see

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Special request for 50th birthday to dive HP after 20 years! Although it was very strong current, it was fantastic and much like we remembered - our favourite spot on North Male Atoll.

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