Diving in the Maldives

    Grey Reef Shark

    Embudhoo Kandu South Male Atoll, Maldives

    The embudhoo is one of the only kandus on the east side of Vaadhoo region, therefore the currents here can be really strong. It is a protected marine area and there are many ways to dive this site depending on the current and interests of the diver.If the current is ingoing, the south part of the…

    Guraidhoo Kandu South Male Atoll, Maldives

    The whole Guraidhoo Kandu is a marine protected area, and has several dive sites. There are two main channels: Lhosfushi Kandu and Guraidhoo Kandu. Between them there is Medhu Faru. The reef is complicated and offers many different ways to dive the site. Is a highlight in South Male and some safaris…
    Manta

    Lankan Manta Point North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Lankan or Manta point is one of the most exciting dive sites in Maldives. It consists on three cleaning stations (or four) for mantas. It is almost sure to find the big guys here.The most important part is to stay away of the cleaning stations (the base of the rocks). If a diver stands there, the…
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    Lankan Manta Point North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Lankan or Manta point is one of the most exciting dive sites in Maldives. It consists on three cleaning stations (or four) for mantas. It is almost sure to find the big guys here.The most important part is to stay away of the cleaning stations (the base of the rocks). If a diver stands there, the…

    Lankan Manta Point North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Lankan or Manta point is one of the most exciting dive sites in Maldives. It consists on three cleaning stations (or four) for mantas. It is almost sure to find the big guys here.The most important part is to stay away of the cleaning stations (the base of the rocks). If a diver stands there, the…
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    Maaya Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Maayaa thila is probably one of the most popular dive sites in North Ari Atoll, and is common to find 3, 4 or more dhoanis around with lots of divers around, specially in high season. It is a marine protected area that has a thila at 6m with a diameter of around 80 meters. Around the thila is a wall…

    Maaya Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Maayaa thila is probably one of the most popular dive sites in North Ari Atoll, and is common to find 3, 4 or more dhoanis around with lots of divers around, specially in high season. It is a marine protected area that has a thila at 6m with a diameter of around 80 meters. Around the thila is a wall…
    Scalloped Hammerhead

    Rasdhoo - Madivaru Rasdhoo Atoll, Maldives

    On the south side of Madivaru island in the Rashdoo island is this worldwide famous site for Hammerhead Sharks encounters. The reef formation is spectacular and quite confusing, as it has two pools with sandy entrances, forming like bridges at 15m, with the pools at 20 to 30m.This dive site is…
    White Tip Reef Shark

    Hafza Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Great dive site as there is a cleaning station for sharks. The best way to do this dive is with the current. Jump in from the boat and descend as fast as possible to the end of the thila. It might be necessary to "climb" a little bit along the top of the thila. Once the current point is reached,…
    Moray

    Maalhoss Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    On the northern side of Maalhoss there is the Maalhohu Uthuru Kandu, and in the middle this thila. The top is at 6m and in the south part there is a group of caves starting at 7m. They keep descending at a maximum of 25m. Inside lots of black coral (coloured white). This is a nice place for…

    Angaga Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    This is a rounded and small thila 1,5km south west of Angaagau island. Starts at 10m and drops slowly to 30m. There is a big cave on the north part with a very good life. The thila is about 80m long, so is easy to circle it in one dive to find the groupers and grey reef sharks, swimming usually in…

    Alimatha Jetty Night Dive Felidhu Atoll, Maldives

    A night dive in front of Alimatha resort's jetty. Popular among diving safaris in the Maldives.Lots of nurse sharks, stingrays, jacks.
    Fesdu Wreck

    Fesdu Wreck North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Fesdu wreck is a 30m long fishing boat, sitting on a sand slope alongside a small thila. Sealife is abundant: soft corals, glassfish, moray eels, groupers… The best dive is start at the wreck and spend some time around, even looking inside, and 10 or 15 minutes before hitting deco go to explore…
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    Fish Head - Mushimasmigili… North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Mushimasmingili Thila is a very wide area, protected as a marine park, and the SE corner is known as The Fish Head. This was a classic shark fishing point, but not anymore since the area was protected. Usually is easy to find grey reef sharks here among other fishes. The top of the reef is 10m deep.…
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    Bathalaa Maaga Kanthila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    On the north of Bathalaa Maaga island there is a long spur of about 20 metres wide that extends more than 500m to the north into Maagaa Kandu. It is a long slope that finish at 30m. There are smal cavities and two caves at the northern end, where visibility is better than in the inside. Here you can…

    Losfushi Corner South Male Atoll, Maldives

    This area is a protected marine park.

    Madivaru (Manta point) South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    This marine protected reef on the south of Rangali Kandu starts from 2-3 meters and drops to 10 meters gradually. After 10 meters most of the reef drops vertically down to 25-30 meters.During the nort east monsoon there are very good chances to find mantas here, feeding on the plankton rich water…
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    Maldive Victory North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Nice wreck, sunk in 1981, with bottom at 37M anddeck at 25. It lies upright slightly tilted, and is on the sandy bottom next to Hulhule reef. It was a 3500 tons - 83m long freighter that struck to the reef at full speed. The hull was seriously compromised and it sunk in less than 1 hour. It was…
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    Maldive Victory North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Nice wreck, sunk in 1981, with bottom at 37M anddeck at 25. It lies upright slightly tilted, and is on the sandy bottom next to Hulhule reef. It was a 3500 tons - 83m long freighter that struck to the reef at full speed. The hull was seriously compromised and it sunk in less than 1 hour. It was…
    Napoleon Wrasse

    Kari Beyru Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    3 km to the north of Bathalaa there is ths protected marine area. A thila taht goes from 10 to more than 30m. Schooling fishes on the east side, nice corals on the sloping on the north, and sharks on ths south west. Also tunas, napoleons and on the reef some stingrays, scorpionfish and stonefish. In…
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    Kari Beyru Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    3 km to the north of Bathalaa there is ths protected marine area. A thila taht goes from 10 to more than 30m. Schooling fishes on the east side, nice corals on the sloping on the north, and sharks on ths south west. Also tunas, napoleons and on the reef some stingrays, scorpionfish and stonefish. In…

    Kudarah Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    1Km south of Kudarah island there is this marine protected area, considered one of the most exciting dives in South Ari. With incoming current from the Dhigurashu Kandu, the funnel effect created and the splitted current by the many thilas, makes this spot the end of all the fishes, and organic…
    Anemone and Clown Fish

    Ali Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Broken Rock South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Rangali South South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Rangali south is on the south of Rangali island, but at the north of Rangali Kandu. Is a long driftdive with some big caves along the wall and sandy bottom. Lots of morays and big groupers. Eagle rays and electric eels can be spotted.

    Beyru Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    In the Halaveli region, at the nort east of Ari, there is this long reef / thila. Is a complicated dive and as is not protected, when the wind peaks or with strong currrents the sea is rough. There are caves and overhangs in both sides. Around there are always swimming tunas, napoleon fish and lots…

    Orimas Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Also known as Maagaa Thila. Protected marine area on the north side of Orimas faru, a small thila that goes from 3 to 30m. Maagaa thila is the island on the north (there comes the name). It has a great landscape with beautiful overhangs and small cavities on the perimeter of the pinnacle. At 6m in…

    Dhigura Arches South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    There are many different ways of enjoying the Dhiugrashu Kandu. Besides the amazing thilas of Broken rock or Dhangethi Thila, there is this 300m drift dive along the south part of the channel, where the top reef is at 5m dropping off to 25.The name comes because the reef forms arches with the…
    Moray Eel

    Halaveli Wreck North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Halaveli was sunk by the Halaveli Island dive school in 1991 about 1,5Km NNW of Halaveli. The ship name was Razza and was a cargo vessel. The wreck lies 28 meters deep (deck at 20m deep) . You can encouter common wreck inhabitants such as large morays and groupers; but also stingrays on the sandy…

    Machchafushi Wreck South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    House Reef Machchafushi

    Maavaru North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    It's located in the most north area, it is called Maavaru outside, and the only thing intersting there is the two coral blocks which are the dive site -over there I saw the big Mantas together with big eagle rays and some white tips patrolling around, but the Rays over there were breathtakingly…
    An indian lion fish

    Aquarium North Male Atoll, Maldives

    There is a conglomeration of coral rocks beginning at 15m surronded by any kind of reef fish. In the holes its always possible to find moray eels. The reef ends with a sandy bottom at 25 m where white tip sharks use to rest. Also, at 25m in the rock section there is a group of caves. Its possible to…

    Ari Beache Beru South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Ariyadhoo Corner South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Long reef 30m deep at the western side of Ariyadhoo island

    Blue Point North Male Atoll, Maldives

    nice wall, but it shows some damages on the corals due to some storms in the past.normally you will be more focused on the wall, but don¥t forget to take a look into the blue, as when i dived there, some of the divers even saw a hammerhead.

    Bodu Ashey North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Bodu Gah North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Bodugah means "big rock"

    Bodu Giri North Male Atoll, Maldives

    nice and easy divesite with nice corals and possibility to see some larger fish among many reef fish. Ideal for beginners. Best on the north west side with a steep wall with many vampire blue triggerfishes and masked bannerfish. You can spot turtles here, and lobster along the wall

    Bodufinolhu Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Bodu Hithi Thila North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Some call this place manta point, as you might encounter manta rays between december and april. If not you still have the possibility to see some bigger stuff in the blue, like eagle rays.The thila lies inside the Hithi Kandu and goes from 8 to 25m, there is not much coral compared with other dive…