Dive Sites of Maldives

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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.

Raa Atoll - Furaveri

Raa Atoll or North Maalhosmadulu Atoll is one of the northern most visited atolls of the Maldives. It is separated from Baa Atoll by the 5km wide Hani Kandu or channel, located only 20km east of South Miladhunmadulu Atoll, a very remote atoll in the upper north of the Maldives. Raa Atoll is almost 70km long and 30km wide, bordered by a chain of islands on its western side.

With more than 90 islets Raa Atoll offers many fast flowing channels, an enormous amount of marine life and some of the best beaches in the Maldives. Because of the ever present current, advanced divers will be more comfortable then beginners, but with this many pinnacles, inner lagoon dive sites and colorful fish life it will attract anybody, also non divers.

Ari Atoll - Ukulhas

Ari atoll provides a full range of underwater adventure. There are dive sites scattered all around the atoll. Many divers consider the sites to be the finest in the Maldives. You will encounter manta rays, sharks and other pelagic fish and even mighty whale sharks around Ari Atoll. The most consistent sites are located here although there are also spots elsewhere for sharks and mantas. Top tourist activity in Ari Atoll is scuba diving and its the best place to visit if you love to scuba dive. Diving in the Maldives means seeing dense populations of fish, caverns festooned with colour, exploring caves, diving over pristine coral landscapes and investigating wrecks teeming with marine life. Some of the most famous divesites in Maldives like Maaya thila, are located very close to our island - Ukulhas.

Laamu Atoll - Gan

Diving season is open all year round with the calmest conditions from December through to June. Laamu Atoll is an untouched paradise for snorkelers and divers. With relatively few channels, great visibility, beautiful hard coral formations and weak currents, this perfect for photographers. Inner reefs are home to both small macro and larger animals such as turtles. The channels to the north provide adrenalin-charged current diving for the more experienced. These channels are packed with fish, sharks and eagle rays while on the outer reef; we may encounter mantas and turtles.