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Komandoo lies in the channel between Hinnavaru and Dhumashi faru, well within the Hinnavaru
Kandu. The currents run along the island and can sometimes be fairly strong.
The importance of conserving our coral reef is very important to us and therefore areas
have been marked for our guests by means of flags on both the West and the East side.
These are channels made for our guests to snorkel out to the housereef and return through
these channels effortlessly. Please do not cross over the reef as it can be very shallow
sometimes and you can hurt yourself and the corals.
This applies for snorkelers and divers alike.
We have marked our house reef as follows: (for more Details click on the map)
A - Northwest
B - Northeast
C - Southwest
D - Southeast
To reach Areas A & B you can
swim along the jetty through the lagoon and for Areas C & D you can walk down the
jetty and enter the water by the wooden ladder at the end. Please watch the boat traffic
on both sides.
Area A is the home of big schools of Humpback Snappers,
Bengal Snapper and Bigeye Emperors. The Top reef is very shallow with 2-5 m. In the
sandy area you can sometimes also see eagle rays feeding on small crustaceans in the
Area B offers different types of Table Corals and
soft corals.. The reef drops off to 25m into the channel, which has a sandy bottom
with scattered Green cup corals. The table corals are often home of juvenile Humbug
Damsels and juvenile crabs.
Area C has a very long extension of the reef into
the channel. Also here the top reef is in around 2-5 m and slowly slopes down to the
channel bottom in around 25 m. Here as well you can find different species of hard
corals and soft corals. Check out the lobsters and morays, which life underneath these
big coral blocks. Also keep your eyes open for Hawksbill Turtles.
Area D stretches very far into the Atoll and also
has a very shallow top reef. With low tide you can even see the coral heads peaking
out of the water. Along this side you might encounter some bigger black tip reef sharks.
The juvenile black tip reef sharks you can find generally in the lagoon where they
are practising to hunt and feed on silversides. Very often they get the help of schools
of jacks, which makes for a very interesting spectacle.
Commonly seen on all sides of the house reef are
the Humpback Snappers, Bengal snappers, Groupers; Wrasses are found in large quantities.
The Tiger Cowries are probably the most commonly seen of the cowries on the reef. They
are generally found in crevices or under coral. The cowries feed mainly on various
types of sponges. Of the fish that feed on Algae & Corals, some
of the most common species that we can observe on our house reef are Parrott Fish,
Surgeon Fish, Gobies, Damselfish and Coral Rabbit fish. Of the fish that feed on plankton, shrimps and worms,
we commonly see on our house reef Soldier fish, Pipefish, Bull eyes and Fusiliers.
During his study of the Komandoo housereef in November
1999, the German marine biologist, Mr. Dieter Grage counted 256 different fish species.