Dive Site Maps

Explore The Maldives with Dive Club!

The coconut palm and the yellow-fin tuna, symbols of the Maldives, say a great deal about this nation of more than a thousand islands. Grouped into 26 low atolls in the Indian Ocean, less than 300 of the islands are inhabited. The Maldives is flat with white sandy beaches and excellent reefs with an abundance of marine life. Scuba diving is done at a leisurely drift pace as the Indian Monsoon Current sweeps along the island chains, moving nutrients and divers along. This nutrient-rich water flows up along the walls, feeding the sponges and soft corals clinging to the rock sides. Inside the atoll lagoons, rock pinnacles – thila – vault up from the bottom to scratch the water’s surface. In the channels, there are swim-throughs, caverns and overhangs festooned with colorful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonians to explore. At well-known cleaning stations, wrasse and shrimp service manta rays, and other large marine species. With a welcoming culture and some of the finest dive sites on the globe, a dive holiday in the Maldives makes for an unforgettable experience.

Kaafu Atoll - Hulhumale and Maafushi

Kaafu Atoll is the best known and most explored area of the Maldives. It is characterized by beautuful underwater scenery including coral reefs, caves, drop-offs and wrecks. Divers in the northern section of the atoll are able to enjoy some of best coral reefs the Maldives has to offer, whilst in the southern section, cleaning stations allow for close encounters with manta rays and unusual reef residents such as octopus and moray eels are often seen. A shipping route through one of the atoll channels has also left a few wrecks for future generations to enjoy as colorful and thriving artificial reefs. In addition, the North Male dive sites enjoy some of the best coral reefs in the Maldives. The islands are not really known for their pristine coral coverage these days but there are spots in this area as healthy and bright as anywhere in the world. Manta Point is a cleaning station in the south east of the atoll that’s great, not just for observing manta rays at close quarters, but also reef residents such as octopus, moray eels and white-tip reef sharks. With a little luck (but not too much) you’ll see, not just one or two mantas, but more than your fingers can count of these magnificent graceful rays.

The Dive Sites

BACK FARU

Back Faru is an easy drift dive as it’s well protected by the strong winds during the southwest monsoon season, and also because it’s not greatly affected by the currents. It’s not uncommon to see snorkelers on the site as well, as the reef is very shallow at the top and then it gradually gets deeper. Visibility is also usually very good

  • Location: 25 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Napoleons, Moray eels, Turtles, Sharks
  • Reef Type: Outside reef
  • Diving Depth: Min 5m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For beginners / Advanced divers

BANANA REEF

This reef is one of the first dive sites discovered in the Maldives and is a protected marine area. This reef is very popular among photographers due to the amazing marine life and reef shape. On the north east side are big spectacular rocks, caves, canyons and precipitous overhangs. The scenery is spectacular around these rocks and canyons, with predatory fish like shark, barracuda, trevally and black snapper. Also a school up to 1000 yellow snapper, humpback red snappers and oriental sweetlips are lighting up the reef.

  • Location: 15 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Schooling Reef Fish, Moray Eels, Napoleons, Jack fish
  • Reef Type: Thila
  • Diving Depth: Min 4m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

CORAL GARDEN

Being protected from strong currents, the site is suitable for all levels of experience. As the name suggests -Coral Garden offers some great growth of both hard and soft corals. In addition to the good coral covering, stingrays and green turtles can be found nestling behind the coral blocks and even on the soft corals themselves. Moray eels fill the gaps between the corals, while schooling snappers complete the picture.

  • Location: 25 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Schooling Reef Fish, Oriental Sweet-lips, Moray Eels, Stingrays
  • Reef Type: Giri
  • Diving Depth: Min 4m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

EMBOODHOO EXPRESS

Emboodhoo Express is the name of the channel entering South Male Atoll towards Emboodhoo Island Resort. This drift dive was fairly rapid and just as the thila appeared the current veered us away from it into the blue. Hanging in the blue you may be lucky enough to see Grey reef sharks circling below you. There are clouds of surgeon fish, and eagle eay swoop over the reef. There are also many hundreds of beautiful small fish among the soft coral, making this site a photographers dream. I spotted a family of Napoleon wrasse, schools of batfish, and hunting tuna and trevally.

  • Location: 80 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Eagle Rays, Napoleons, Turtles, Sharks
  • Reef Type: Channel
  • Diving Depth: Min 12m / Max 30m
  • Experience: Advanced Divers

FARU CORNER

Faru Corner is the outside reef of Hulhumale island. Many turtles reside on top part of the reef near large coral blocks and crevices under them. The top part of the reef can have strong surge and it is advised not to enter more shallow parts of the reef. Steep dropoff starts around the depth of 12 meters, going down to 30 meters and forming another sandy slope descending further. You can encounter sharks, passing by napoleons and eagle rays during the drift along the wall with large schools of various reef fish once you arrive at the corner.

  • Location: 20 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Eagle Rays, Turtles, Sharks
  • Reef Type: Corner
  • Diving Depth: Min 8m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

FEYDHOO WALL

Feydhoo Finolhu is the name of Island adjoining the dive site. This reef is a wall dive with hard corals found at the shallow top reef of 4 meters Wall is covered with a variety of coral, gorgonians, whip-corals, sponges, clams and many others. Small crevices are home of variety of nudibranches, crabs, shrimps and other macro critters. Schooling barracuda can be seen from time to time. There are many Green Turtles found inside the larger caves which are often filled with glass-fish. Get accompanied by friendly bat-fish that like to follow the divers like they are part of our group.

  • Location: 25 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Groupers, Turtles, Tunas
  • Reef Type: Housereef
  • Diving Depth: Min 4m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

FISH TANK

Fish Tank is known as one of the most thrilling dives sites anywhere in the world! With more than 100 local stingrays who are as hospitable and friendly as any small-town welcoming committee, Stingray City gives divers the opportunity to visit a breathtaking habitat bursting with multiple species of gorgeous tropical fish. Swim, explore, enjoy, and take a few selfies with the stingray locals!

  • Location: 20 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Stingrays, Moray Eels
  • Reef Type: Housereef
  • Diving Depth: Min 4m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

FURANA NORTH

You can easily swim around the whole thila in a single dive. The top of the thila is at 10 meters and gently slopes down to the atoll bed at 25 meters. The reef consists of healthy hard corals and is home to a colony of thousands of red-tooth triggerfish and basslets. A group of blue striped snappers hang around the overhang at the northeast corner of the reef. Often a huge Napoleon wrasse comes curious along the reef. Different types of moray eels can be found here like the beautiful honeycomb moray eel with its amazing pattern, but also the giant moray eel often as a couple, the bearded moray eel and undulated moray eel can be found here.

  • Location: 20 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Eagle Rays. Sharks, Tunas
  • Reef Type: Corner
  • Diving Depth: Min 5m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

FURANA SOUTH

Furana South is the outside reef of Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa – facing the channel of Kuda Kalhi. There is a gentle slope starting at depth of about 8 meters at the corner followed by a steep walls on both inside and outside of the channel dropping down to approximately 30 meters. Large variety of fish life can be found at the corner where currents are stronger.

  • Location: 15 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Eagle Rays, Napoleons, Sharks
  • Reef Type: Corner
  • Diving Depth: Min 5m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

HP REEF

Located just off the main reef of Himmafushi Island. The Thila is made up of huge coral boulders with plenty of overhangs / caves and crevices. The whole area is covered is blue, orange and yellow soft corals. Many sea fans and black coral bushes can be seen as well here. In the current you can see a spectacular variety of fish life like sharks, eagle rays, tunas and barracudas.

  • Location: 60 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Oriental Sweet-lips, Moray Eels, Napoleons, Jackfish, Sharks, Colorful Soft Corals
  • Reef Type: Thila inside a Channel
  • Diving Depth: Min 7m / Max 30m
  • Experience: Advanced Divers

HANNES REEF

As if Mother Nature wished to provide something for everyone, a section of wall has broken and fallen away here to leave a 100 metre long area of reef to be explored, free from the currents normally sweeping through the Maldives. Within this basin are a series of overhangs and caverns in which even the least-experienced diver can enjoy the sights.

  • Location: 25 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Schooling Reef Fish, Stingrays, Moray Eels, Lion-fish
  • Reef Type: Giri
  • Diving Depth: Min 4m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners

HIMMAFUSHI CORNER

During an incoming current, the best place to jump is at the corner of the channel and outer reef, directly above a variegated garden of soft corals. We sometimes spot eagle rays both gliding gracefully overhead and rooting through the corals for crustaceans. You could also see painted spiny lobsters clustered underneath the small overhangs. Drifting with the current into the channel will float you across geometrically intricate hard coral blocks covered with a magnificently colored patchwork of vibrant soft corals. After swimming past the coral blocks, you can find two big overhangs. There are even more beautiful soft corals with an even wider range of colours. The overhangs are home to many anemones with different species of Clown fish

  • Location: 50 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Moray Eels, Eagle Rays, Sharks, Napoleons
  • Reef Type: Corner
  • Diving Depth: Min 8m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

HUDHUVELI

This reef lies on the outside of the atoll and reef comes up from the ocean depths to 8 meters and as a gentle reef slope. Fish life is abundant and you will see hundreds of red tooth triggerfish. Big schools of fusiliers shoot along the reef when they are hunted by the tunas or trevallies. As the dive site is located outside of the atoll bigger marine life such as eagle ray, sting rays, sharks can be expected cruising along the reef out in the blue water.

  • Location: 50 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Eagle Rays, Jack-fish, Turtles, Sharks
  • Reef Type: Outside reef
  • Diving Depth: Min 8m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

KANDUOH GIRI

The reef starts at 5 meters and slopes steadily down to the bottom at 25 meters. North side of the reef makes a sharp corner to the left. On the reef slope often honeycomb moray eels can be found, where you drift towards the corner. At the corner – in front of the overhangs, a large coral block has broken of the main reef creating protection for plenty of marine life. It is worth spending extra time at this corner as you can see schools snappers, batfish, and fusilier. Looking from inside the cave into the blue waters with all the marine life give a spectacular view.

  • Location: 30 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Schooling Reef Fish, Oriental Sweet-lips, Napoleons, Tunas, Moray Eels
  • Reef Type: Outside reef
  • Diving Depth: Min 5m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

KANI CORNER

Kani Corner can be a very exciting drift dive. White-tip reef Sharks like to rest on the sandy slope below the reef at 25m to 30m. Here you can often see Eagle Rays pass by in all their glory too. In the right season encounters with Manta Rays is not uncommon around coral blocks at 25m. Here by a small ledge there is a cave. This is Kani Corner and around this point are a variety of schooling Snapper and Fusiliers as well as Barracuda and Blue-fin Jacks. Napoleon Wrasse often pass by looking at you with their chameleon-like eyes. At 15m Oriental Sweetlips congregate amid all the confusion of fish activity.

  • Location: 70 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Moray Eels, Eagle Rays, Jack-fish, Turtles, Sharks
  • Reef Type: Corner
  • Diving Depth: Min 5m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

KIKKI REEF

This is a dive site for every diver, beginner or advanced. At a depth of about 9 meters there is a large overhang with good coral cover, occupied by a lot of small fish. On the east side of the overhang at 27 meters there is a cave with a swim-through. Turtles, eagle rays and napoleon wrasses are also frequently seen at this dive site.

  • Location: 50 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Moray Eels, Napoleons, Eagle Rays, Jack-fish
  • Reef Type: Outside reef
  • Diving Depth: Min 5m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

KURUMBA WALL

This is an excellent spot for students and beginners. This is a beautiful wall dive to enjoy quite and easy fun dive. A few coral blocks also offer perches for Thread-fin butterflyfish, and Damselfish like pullers and Zebra humbugs. Small crevices are home to various types of moray eels and lionfish. Large schools of batfish can be seen in this dive site in front of the platform on shallow top part of the reef.

  • Location: 15 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Schooling Bat-fish, Moray Eels, Groupers, Lion-fish
  • Reef Type: Housereef
  • Diving Depth: Min 4m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

MAAGIRI CAVES

A nice reef wall with a huge rock in front of it creates an impressive canyon abundant with marine life, making it an exciting dive. There are beautiful soft corals in greater depth with smaller caves starting as shallow as 6 meters. Schools of yellow snapper, fusilier, giant and honeycomb moray eels as well as jack fish, tunas and occasional eagle rays can be seen here.

  • Location: 30 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights:Schooling Reef Fish, Moray Eels, Jack-fish, Tunas
  • Reef Type: Giri
  • Diving Depth: Min 4m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

MAAGIRI THILA

This reef is a protected marine area, which is known by our divers as fish “soup”. It owns this nick name due to its abundant fish life. The fairy basset with their colorful males dominate the reef. In some seasons the glass fishes are taking over. The reef is than covered with a thick layer of fish, which is a thrilling experience. Two peaks, rising up from the atoll bed, looking like a camel’s back. The larger of the two humps is about 30 meters in diameter with steep sides and top at 8 meters. The second hump has its shallowest depth at 13 meters. Both peaks are covered with newly grown hard corals, which offer protection for a diversity of colorful fishes.

  • Location: 30 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Oriental Sweet-lips, Ribbon Eels, Moray Eels, Napoleons
  • Reef Type: Thila
  • Diving Depth: Min 8m / Max 25m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

MANTA POINT

In the southwest monsoon season an astonishing number of Manta rays can be seen here when they come to be cleaned. The reef slopes gently down to 40 meters. It is interspersed with massive Porite corals – home to colonies of cleaner fish. The manta rays come in from the deep water and hover over the coral heads while the wrasses are set to work. Should you be unlucky enough not to see mantas, this is still a tremendous dive site: huge schools of fusiliers, oriental sweetlips, napoleon wrasses, turtles and moray eels.

  • Location: 35 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Manta Rays, Sharks, Tunas
  • Reef Type: Outside reef
  • Diving Depth: Min 5m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

NASIMO THILA

This thila offers one of the most spectacular dives in the Maldives. A large section of the reef has broken off, leaving huge coral boulders in a depth of 18-30 meters covered with astonishing soft and hard corals. Where the reef has broken off a long series of overhangs and crevices remain. These ceiling of these overhangs are beautifully covered with thick layer of blue soft corals. The fish life is inexhaustible.

  • Location: 35 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Oriental Sweet-lips, Napoleons, Jack-fish, Turtles
  • Reef Type: Thila
  • Diving Depth: Min 8m / Max 30m
  • Experience: Advanced Divers

OKKOBE THILA

One of the most uniquely shaped Thilas in the North Male Atoll and it comprises three large coral heads. If the current allows, divers can zigzag from one coral head to the other while observing the fish life, which includes Sharks, Eagle Rays, Jacks, Tuna, Napoleon Wrasse and Bannerfish. Look for school of barracuda and finish your dive on top of the thila filled with anemones.

  • Location: 45 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Napoleons, Eagle Rays, Jack-fish, Sharks, Tunas
  • Reef Type: Thila
  • Diving Depth: Min 10m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

SUNLIGHT THILA

Sunlight Thila is a formation of two small reefs that attract giant manta rays between March and October – when the winds from the south carry a large amount of plankton to this area. Between the reefs lies a 70-meter long sandy bottom boasting small coral formations with plenty of cleaner wrasses. Larger reef can be found nearby the coral blocks inhibited by various schooling reef fishes. Lionfish and triggerfish can be found in the area with occasional visits from green sea turtles.

  • Location: 30 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Manta Rays, Trigger-fish, Lion-fish, Turtles
  • Reef Type: Thila
  • Diving Depth: Min 4m / Max 20m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

COLOSSEUM

The outside reef of Thulusdhoo Island is a crescent shaped reef with shallow top part and a steep drop off, a great place for divers to see pelagic fish. The top part of the reef is very shallow with great fish and coral life. In the channel, the reef becomes a slope with beautiful soft corals. The marine life here is rich in pelagic species, sharks, eagle rays and all types of reef fish population. Ideal diving conditions for beginners and advanced divers.

  • Location: 80 minutes away from Hulhumale
  • Highlights: Moray Eels, Eagle Rays, Turtles, Sharks
  • Reef Type: Outside reef
  • Diving Depth: Min 4m / Max 30m
  • Experience: For Beginners / Advanced Divers

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