Mar 7 - Maamigili, S. Ari Atoll

Pos: N03deg28.927min/ E072deg49.885min Winds stayed light and we motor sailed the 40 nm to Maamigili. Charts aren't too good here; GE is. What did mariners do before GE? To enter the lagoon, pick up the outer entry marker at N03deg29.222min/ E072deg49.757min; then head about 185 degrees True down the channel which is clearly marked. Although night entry is definitely not advised, the outer markers to the lagoon are lit green and red ones. Once in the lagoon, find about 25' of sand, clearly marked, and good protection from the N-E quadrants. We'll be here a few days exploring and waiting for heavier winds to pass thru. The airport is just off our beam; Maamigili is a popular dive destination in the Maldives. There's good cell and internet coverage; more details after we go exploring tomorrow.
Pic: We visited the Holiday Island Resort on nearby Dhiffushi Island to check out the dive shop and have lunch. Picture postcard scenery, but we need to get back to the coming in.

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