Hudhuranfushi Things to Do
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There is a nightly fish feeding session on the island of Hudhuranfushi. It takes place each evening at 9:00pm on the main arrival jetty.
It tends to attract a large crowd and you will find yourself jostling with other tourists who are all trying to get the best vantage point for photographing and videoing the show. The lack of light doesn't make for particularly good photographs.
As an alternative to the official fish feeding session, I would recommend walking around the harbour when the wooden fishing boats (dhonis) are returning to the island in an afternoon. On our final day on Hudhuranfushi we were treated to a crowd-free fish feeding session as the crew of one of the boats threw food to an array of stingrays, eels and colourful fish. No jostling for position; we could simply enjoy watching the feeding frenzy and getting some clear photographs.
Unlike the nightly feeding session, we didn't see any reef sharks, but the vast number of colourful fish made up for this.
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Evenings in the Maldives tend to be fairly low key and the island of Hudhuranfushi is no exception.
As such, the nightly fish feeding session which takes place each evening at 9:00pm on the main arrival jetty, draws a large crowd of spectators. We went along to watch on a couple of evenings during our week long stay in November 2013.
The feeding session, which lasts for around 20 minutes, attracts a number of black tip reef sharks, stingrays, moray eels and all manner of fish.
A member of staff throws food (mainly blood soaked fish carcasses) from a bucket and the sharks hungrily swallow it up. The smaller fish get whatever morsels they can. Although there is a warning against it, we saw a few tourists feeding the fish with breadrolls that they had brought along from the buffet.
Although the nightly feeding session is worth seeing at least once during your stay, you are likely to get a more interesting show (and certainly better photographs) if you happen to be in the harbour when a fishing boat returns during the day. We watched as the crew threw food to a waiting crowd of stingrays, eels and colourful fish.
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Hudhuranfushi Warnings and Dangers
To experienced snorkelers, this will probably sound like obvious advice.
However, if you're new to snorkeling, you may want to take heed of the following advice (from my own painful experience!):
When out snorkeling, wear a t-shirt to prevent suffering from a sunburnt back.
On our first day in the Maldives in November 2013, we covered ourselves in high factor sun cream and headed into the sea for a couple of hours of snorkeling. Neither of us felt ourselves burning, but we both emerged from the water with red backs and very obvious sunburn lines around our swimwear!
We both suffered from the pain of sunburn (and resultant disturbed sleep) for a couple of days and we both made sure that we wore t-shirts while snorkeling for the remainder of our holiday!
Hudhuranfushi What to Pack
Miscellaneous: Before visiting the Maldives in November 2013, we purchased the 3 main items of snorkeling equipment to take along with us; masks, snorkels and fins.
Had we not done so, we could have purchased them at our resort – but at 2 or 3 times the price that we paid back home!
Alternatively, we could have paid to hire them (either hourly or daily) from the resort, but as we snorkeled for several hours each day, we would likely have paid more to hire them for the week than we did to purchase them.
We flew to the Maldives with Emirates, with a baggage allowance of 30kg per person, so packing the snorkeling equipment in our cases was no problem.
If you plan to snorkel extensively during your visit to the Maldives, it will likely be cost effective to purchase your own snorkeling equipment to take with you.
Photo Equipment: Before our trip to the Maldives in November 2013, I decided that it would be a good idea to purchase an underwater camera as we would likely be spending a significant part of our trip in and under the water.
This proved to be a good decision; we spent hours each day snorkeling and snapping photos of the amazing variety of coral, colourful fish and other marine life.
I didn't need a particularly sophisticated camera; just one that would allow me to get some clear photos while snorkeling. After reading lots of reviews, and ruling out several cameras where users had reported leaking after a few uses, I opted for the Fuji Finepix XP60. It was more than adequate for my needs; waterproof to a depth of 6m and capable of taking photos with a resolution of up to 16MP.
If you are visiting the Maldives, it is well worth taking an underwater camera with you. If you choose not to, I did notice that they were available to rent on snorkeling excursions operated by our resort (Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi).
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