Diving in the Maldives

    Makunudhoo outside North Male Atoll, Maldives

    makunudu outside is a bit more exposed to currents as makunudu inside as it lies in the entrance of the channel. so you just will be able to go there during inflowing current. many reef fish can be expected as somtimes nursesharks and turtles

    Manta point Felidhu Atoll, Maldives

    About 200 metres east of Dhiggiri resort you can reach this small reef with mantas during south west monsoon

    Medha Faru South Male Atoll, Maldives

    Meeru Corner North Male Atoll, Maldives

    nice reef dive neraby meeru. many reef fish, turtles, napoleons and moray eels. beautiful corals. The dive site is special because the reef drops vertically from dive to 30 meters where the location is great.

    Middle Reef South Male Atoll, Maldives

    This area is a protected marine park.

    Miyaru Faru North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Miyaru is translated as shark in the local maldivian language (Dhivehi), so is common to see grey reef sharks, eagle rays , and sometimes manta rays, only then there is ingoint current.

    North Channel North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Manta's cleaning station

    Prisca Corner North Male Atoll, Maldives

    The reef crest at the corner slopes gently down to at a plateau at 10 metres with some bommies to shelter behind and catch your breath before heading out into the stream. Or you can use it at the end of your dive to look at Shrimp-goby holes in the sand or Blennies sticking their heads out of vacant…

    Prisca Head North Male Atoll, Maldives

    similar to meeru corner you have a nice reef and have the possibility to see mantas during summer.

    Ranikan South Male Atoll, Maldives

    West of Maadhoo Falhu, forming the corner with the edge of the atoll, and from 5 to 30m there is this Kandu with a big rock at 23m with caves and cavities along the channel. On the rocks there are gian moray eels, black cheek eels and blackspooted eels. In the past, hammerheads and grey reef shars…

    Rasdhoo Reef North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Jump in at the corner of Rasdhoo island and cross the channel underwater till Kuramathi island with incoming current. Ideal for EANx divers.

    Sanddune South Male Atoll, Maldives

    Stage Reef South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    The Shipyard Faadhippolhu Atoll, Maldives

    On the east side of Felivaru Kandu you can get to the shipyard. Two wrecks in the channel that separates the islands. Easy to find because one of the wrecks has the bow about 5m out of the water.The boat belonged to the Felivaru fish factory and was moored to the jetty for the years. In 1985 it was…

    Thinfushi Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Thinfushi Ethere Thila is one of the other scattered thilas around Dhigurashu Kandu. Lies between 8 and 25m with very nice caves and seafans. Is claimed that the seafans here are the best of Ari, normally inside the caves. The thila is 100m long and the best diving is between 15 to 20m, where the…

    Three Palms North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Outer reef in front of Kuramathi

    Veligandu Kandu North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Veligandu Kandu is a shallow channel with around the depth of 10 meters.The reef slopes at 25 m and in the middle of the channel a large coralgarden formulated with nooks and crannies with myriad underwaterspecies. Manta rays are often seen swimming across the channel

    Veligandu North North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Woshi Mas Thila North Male Atoll, Maldives

    experienced divers only!woshi mas is hard to find. once you find it, you have to get down to 18m quickly, as the thila is in the open blue and if you can?t get to it you will drift away and end the dive before it begins.on the top of the thila you will have to grab on it and then watch the sharks.…

    Yellow Reef North Male Atoll, Maldives

    pretty easy to dive and with a dominating colour: yellow. this one is more to watch the small inhabitants of the reef. nudibrances, scorpion fish but even moray eels, surgeon fish and turtels can be found there.

    Zafari Reef Faadhippolhu Atoll, Maldives

    good to see many different fish, even larger fish as napoleon wrasse, dolphins or even sharks

    Erlangen North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Erlangen is the name of a german city, and this wreck took the name from it. 3500 tons of boat, wrecked in 1894 on its way from Colombo to Hamburg. The reef top is a small thila at 15 meters, where the main remains can be found. The rest are scattered around the bottom, over the edge, deeper than…

    Fairytale Reef North Male Atoll, Maldives

    On the south side of Dhiya Adi Kandu there are overhangs from 10 to 15 meters where lots of amazing blue, orange and yellow soft corals can be found. On the south west monsoon this place is great for large schools of mantas if there is strong current, as the passage gets filled by zooplankton, so is…

    Helengeli Thila North Male Atoll, Maldives

    The thila is situated at the east side of Helengeli island, and creates a perfect passage with amazing current point. No doubt this is one of the main points for seeing fishes in north male, moreover with the current is really strong (maybe more than 6 or 7 knots). The Helengeli housereef is just 40…

    Kuda Kandu North Male Atoll, Maldives

    In the Meerufenfushi region, on the north west side of Kassan Faru Kandu there is a channel with a steep reef up to 30m. There are some caves starting at 10m where is easy to find lots of different reef fishes and lots of big sea fans. Groupers, squirrelfishes, lots of moorish idol in couples and…

    Lady Christine North Male Atoll, Maldives

    The boat was laying communications cables when ran onto Gaafaru Falhu reef, creating several holes in the hull. It took more than a week to sink, so they could hire local people to recover the cargo. While trying to save the ship, they blasted some coral areas that can be still recogniced as holes…

    Miyaru Thila North Male Atoll, Maldives

    North west of Miyaru Faru channel, in the middle between faru and Dhiya Adi Faru, there is a small thila, with the reef top between 8 and 10 m deep. You can see the same pelagics as in miyaru faru, plus a school of trevally and powder blue surgeon fish that rubbles on the diver bubbles. Try to dive…

    SS Seagull Wreck North Male Atoll, Maldives

    In 1879, this ship sunk at the north of the Gaafaru region in north male. 1000 tons of boat that remains in 45º at the reef edge, with the anchor on the reef top being visible during low tide. The reef slopes down to 50m but is pointless to go deeper than 30, where there is a small cave. The…

    Ukulhas Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    On the outer north rim of Ari Atoll there is almost one huge reef that pops up to 30m in some places. At the end there is the Maavaru Kandu, a wide channel that features in the middle Ukulhas Thila. This dive is a very long and narrow pinnacle, 300m long with a flat top at 15m and sloping down to…

    Asdhoo Rock North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Small giri that starts at 3 meters, or even on the surface when the tide is really low. Good dive site for beginners sas current is not very strong and is very easy to dive around the rock. You can find lots of hard coral on the sides and isolated patches of soft coral around the wall, that goes…

    Colosseum North Male Atoll, Maldives

    On the west side of Thulusdhoo there is a 40m formation with the shape of a big "C" and a stiff slope with the shape of a colisseum. Is a nice place to find rainbow runners, dogtoothed tuna, blue fin jacks and small barracudas. Looking down you find turtles, and looking up sometimes eagle rays. If…

    Kani Corner North Male Atoll, Maldives

    One of the best drift dives in north male. The current can be really strong during the south west monsoon, and is preciselly the best moment to dive here, as is when the mantas return to the coral rocks at 25 meters. It is basically a slope that gos to 25 - 30m in a sandy bottom. Inside the channel,…

    HP Reef North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Also known as Rainbow Reef. Is a marine protected area on the south side of Girifushi island with abundant fish life and very nice soft coral. The top reef is completelly filled of reef, caves and crevices with an outside that goes from 15 to 24m, where a large cave is located. Inside the cave there…

    Okobe Thila North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Also known as Barracuda Thila, in the south east of Thulhaagiri. The diving of this site is completely different according the the currents. Is a thin but long thila of about 80 meters long, so is easy to circunvalate it in one dive. There are threemain sections, one with 10m diameter, the mane with…

    Ilkka Reef North Male Atoll, Maldives

    At the north of Girifushi there is this thila 100m long and 30m wide. With medium to strong current is easy to drift the whole thing in 30 minutes or less. Going to the south there is a smaller 20m thila and the bottom is sandy at 20m. At the end is possible to reach the next dive site: Potato reef,…

    Nassimo Thila North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Probably one of the best thilas in the whole North Male, known as paradise rock or virgin reef, is located almost 2 km at the west of Lankanfinolhu and is declared protected marine area. The life here both small and big is numerous so is common to find several dhoanis diving in the place. There are…

    Kandooma Thila South Male Atoll, Maldives

    In the middle of the Biyadhoo Kandu, at the north of Kandooma island there is this great thila, considered by many the best dive site in north male. Is a 300m long teardrop shaped thila with awesome scenery and lots of life.The west edge of the thila is called Jack Corner and when the current is…

    Cocoa corner South Male Atoll, Maldives

    The north corner of Biyaadhoo Kandu is called Cocoa corner. Is a steep reef that goes from 5 to 20m inside the channel, or even 40 in some parts inside the kandu. If the dive is done with small or medium ingoing current is posible to drift the whole channel or even try to reach the Kandooma Thila.…

    Hannes Reef North Male Atoll, Maldives

    This is a very popular easy dive for the dive resorts, as is very easy for beginners and close by to the main resorts in north male. Some places use this dive site as check out dive and if there are many divers in the place, all life goes away. Moreover, is easy to find beginner divers kicking the…

    Furana North Male Atoll, Maldives

    On the west side of Furanafushi there are these three dive sites, from north to south: Furana Thila, north and south.The thila is very interesting with ingoing current, always during south west monsoon where eagle rays, nurse sharks and even mantas can be found here. About 100m south there is Furana…