28 Mar 2008 Mulaku

Indian Ocean
Laccadive Sea
Republic of Maldives
Mulaku Atoll
South of Kurali Island
SY "Kamu II" at anchor, south of Kurali Island, at 9 m of depth, on coral, in a wild 5-knot tidal stream (only a day anchorage with unreliable holding and unsuitable for overnight stops). 

Click below for an interactive satellite view of our tricky day anchorage:
N 02° 46.37' E 073° 22.45'


Sailing uneventfully from Gaafaru Falhu to the Mulaku Atoll, to our risky and not recommendable lunch anchorage at N 02° 46.37' E 073° 22.45', applauding on the way the incredible acrobatic display of a pod of spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) who leap through the air, up to half a dozen times, in quick succession, whilst spinning longitudinally along their axis, and wondering if they are that keen because the great cauldron of bubbles created on exit and re-entry may act as a target for echolocation by other individuals in the pod or if it is simply play-acting and practising.

Anchoring in a 5-knot outgoing tidal stream, watching villagers collect coconuts and load them onto their dhoni in order to ship them to one of the 200 plus inhabited islands of the Maldives.

Redefining a ship's anchor as "...a heavy and back-breaking device which is designed to bring up hunks of dead coral and samples of seaweed from the bottom of the sea at extremely inconvenient times..."  

Sailing through a large shoal of lively pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus), holding our breath and freezing in marvel.

Entering the Kolhumadulu Atoll through Olhugiri Kandu, the NE entrance at waypoint N 02° 30.66' E 073° 15.89', which has a least charted depth of 9 m, and following a friendly fishing dhoni into a very protected reef anchorage at N 02° 30.25' E 073° 16.65'.

Click below for a summary of this year's travels

Visit the Konni & Matt Online Albums and order high-res travel photos

Recommended gear - click below for your Amazon order from Germany:

For Amazon bargains from the United States, please click here
For Amazon bargains from Canada, please click here
For Amazon bargains from the United Kingdom, please click here