Incredible Humpback Whale Encounter in Lhaviyani Atoll

The reefs of Lhaviyani Atoll, home of Jawakara Islands Maldives, provide some of the most spectacular and diving and snorkelling in the Maldives with underwater islands, steep drop-offs, overhangs with ceilings dripping with colourful soft corals and exhilarating channels to explore. Marine life is abundant with everything from tiny nudibranchs to majestic mantas, sharks and inquisitive turtles – you never know what you might see during your adventures – and no one expected what was seen on 10th April – a humpback whale!

The incredible encounter took place on the reef of our sister resort, Komandoo Maldives, as the baby humpback whale took a nap close to the reef. According to marine biologists contacted at the time, this is what juvenile whales do if they get lost or separated from their pod, they stay close to reefs, rest, and wait to be collected!

Some of our team from Prodivers were able to dash over to the location in the north of Lhaviyani Atoll and spend time snorkelling with the whale. Nong, one of the dive instructors here at Jawakara managed to capture incredible footage of the whale.

Facts about the encounter:
Length of the whale: between 8 and 10 metres
First spotted: 10th April, 9:00 am at Komandoo Water Villas
Further sightings: 11th April at Komandoo’s front jetty and on 12th outside Hinnavaru’s house reef
Last Spotted: 13th outside Kudadoo’s house reef