Diving in the Maldives

    Banana Reef North Male Atoll, Maldives

    This banana shaper reef belongs to the marine protected areas of north male and has excellent coral reef with very abundant fish life. It lies inside Kuda Kalhi and was one of the very first dive sites of maldives. Close to Club Med resort there are always divers here. Big rocks get to amazing coral…

    Black coral reef North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Long wall 300m lon that drops to 30m, even though the best part is within 15m. The name is given because the whole wall is populated with branches of black coral, that appears greysh or even white. Lots of feather stars cover the hard and soft coral and in the small holes there are lots of cleaner…

    Hans Hass Place North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Also known as Kikki Reef, is a protected marine area in the middle of Gulhi Falhu with lots of hard coral, caves and excellen reef life. Is a 100 m long wall that forms one of the sides of Vaadhoo Kandu with lots of overhangs along the wall. The reef starts at 5m and runs down to 30 and there is a…

    Old Shark Point North Male Atoll, Maldives

    In the outside corner of Thilafushi island there is this reef with outcrops. Thilafushi is the "Trash island" where all the rubbish from Male goes. Usually grey reef sharks are around 30m, but lately people claims that they are not there anymore. Currents can be strong as it goes incoming or…

    Lions Head North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Following Vaadhoo kandu, more west than old shark point, there is this protected marine area. Usually water is very clear as the current is quite strong and wash away all the particles. There are many slopes and overheads where you can even sit and watch the show with eagle rays and grey reef…

    Kuda Haa North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Kuda Haa is a small thila with two main pinnacles, one that starts at 6m and the other ona at 14m. On the reef top there are many diverse species of damselfish and parrotfish, and swimming around schools of basslet and bluestripped snapper. Scorpionfish can be found mimetized on the top as well. At…

    Mas Thila North Male Atoll, Maldives

    In the Rasfari region there is this small thila. "Mas" means fish in Dhivehi. There is not much coral in this dive site, but is plenty of fish life. It goes to a maximum of 30m in not too steep slopes. At the bottom parts some stingrays can be found. Cruising along are schools of rainbow runner,…

    Rasfari North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Rasfari is a relatively short reef slope along the west side of Rasfari island, and takes its name by the Rasfari region where it belongs. Is a protected marine area, but fish life is not as good as in other dive sites. Visibility is quite good and it is possible to see the reef sloping down from…

    Hembadhoo Wreck North Male Atoll, Maldives

    Very close to the jetty of Hembadhoo there is this very small boat. A former tug boat sunk by a dive center in 1988 and it can be reached from shore. It is 16m long with the bottom at 22m. Lots of fishes are attracted by the wreck and stay inside. Lots of bluefin jack, black and midnight snappers or…

    Kuda Thila North Male Atoll, Maldives

    In Makunudhoo region, there is this spectacular 100m long thila, on teh south part of Ziyaari Thila. The top is at 16m, so with strong current, a negative descent is needed. The best life is from 20 to 30m where there are lots of rocks forming nice structures. At 28m there is a big canyon. A lot of…

    Olhahali Caves North Male Atoll, Maldives

    North of Olhahali there are two small caves at 15 and 20m, and another one at 25m. This one is the most important, more than 40m and with lots of blue and shite soft coral on the ceiling and huge seafans and sponges.

    Velassaru Caves South Male Atoll, Maldives

    North of Velassaru and from 5 to 30m, there is a vertical wall on the reef like a serrated knife. Along the wall between 15 to 30m there is a group of caves where usually stingrays rest. After exploring the caves, a nice and long safety stop can be done on the reef top at 5m where there is lots of…

    Vaadhoo Hourereef South Male Atoll, Maldives

    Inside the chanel between Vaadhoo and Finolhu Falhu, and from the jetty, this is a perfect dive site for beginners and check out dives, and is often used by the resort guests. There are some small cavities with white tips resting, and small groups of trevally swimming outside. The more you go to the…

    Vaadhoo Caves South Male Atoll, Maldives

    On the north side of Vaadhuoo, on the outside of the atoll there are some caves, similar to the ones in Velassaru. There is one very big cave with the entrance from 7 to 25m and a big overhang at 30m with a narrow cave with a small swimthrough.

    Dhigu Thila South Male Atoll, Maldives

    Long thila in the middle of Gulhee Dhekunu Kandu, also known as Bushy Thila. The top is flat at 15m and usually is hit by strong currents. Outside the thila, at 25 - 30m there is sandy bottom, so is better to stay around it. Nice soft coral inside cavities along the wall of the thila. With outgoiung…

    Maafushi Caves South Male Atoll, Maldives

    This dive site is between Maafushi and Dhigufinolhu reef. Is only one big cave with the opening at 5m where the reef top is. The cave goes down through the reef to 20m where it has another opening. Some times you can see eagle rays. Inside the caves there is small things and the place is very good…

    Rannalhi Faru South Male Atoll, Maldives

    On the north of Rannalhi island, there is the south reef of the Rannalhi Uthuru Kandu. It drops from 3 to 30m really fast, forming really nice and beautiful coral along the wall where many vampire triggerfish, morays and sharks swim. It is a normal dive, easy for beginners

    Balcony South Male Atoll, Maldives

    Thi dive site is on the north side of Ranfaru, and the name comes because is a vieweing point at 24m to see sharks, eagle rays, barracuda and napoleon wrasse in schools. The balcony starts where the Vaagali Dhekunu Kandu reef stops and goes down in steps, so is possible to swim up slowly to a proper…

    Vaagali Bodu Thila South Male Atoll, Maldives

    250m long thila on the nouth west of Vaagali island. The best diving is on the north where the small channel opens and there are some small caves at 15m and another big one at 26m. The caves are full of soft coral, sea whips and black coral. Many oriental sweetlips live inside the caves. On the top…

    Maa Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    On ther SW of Kudafolhudhoo lies this reef. On the south is a long drift dive with sandy bottom at 25m. White tips can be seen around. The coral is not very good and if the current is strong is easy to be washed away in less than 20min. The reef top is at 6 - 8m, so is easy to finish the dive with…

    Bodu Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Budu means "Big", and so is this thila, with 500m long. From 10 to 20m. All around the Mahiveree Dhekunu Kandu there are other interesting similar thilas, such as Myaruga Thila, o Maa Thila.

    Miyaruga Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    On the south west of Kudafolhudhoo, close to bodu thila and kuda thila, lies this big and nice thila. About 80m long and more than 30m deep. Reef top is at 15m and a negative descent might be needed with strong current. Practically the whole thila is undercut with terraces, overhangs and caves, but…

    Toroka Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    In the channel to the south of Madivaru there is this narrow long thila of 400m. It is also called Dhigu Thila like the one in south Male. The reef top starts at 3 - 5m and ends in the edges at 10m. There is a 18m plateau running from the west side. On the south there are caves from 22 to 26m.

    Fesdu Housereef North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Guest of the W Retreat and Spa are lucky to have a great housereef. Literally you can jump from your bungalow and in a few fin kicks stay in a great wall with lots of stuff. The reef goes to 20m and is full of hard coral, big morays, octopus, stonefish and all kinds of scorpionfish. In the sandy…

    Tin Thila North Ari Atoll, Maldives

    East of Vhamaafaru, very close to the small lagoon, there are three peaks creating a 150m long thila with the top at 6m, creating a perfect spot with a nice reef for a long safety stop. The thila drops at 20m on the west, and to 30 on the east. Nurse sharks can be found inside small cavities. During…

    Vilamendhoo Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Outside of Vilamendhoo, on the outer part of the atoll there is this narrow thila that goes from 25 to 5m. The west si a drop off while the other points step down slower. Many huge seafans can be found. On the north part there is a very big rock with a cave at 25m. Mantas can be seen here maybe.

    Dhigurah Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Dhigurashu Kandu is the top south-east kandu of south ari. In the middle of the kandu there are several dive sites, such as Dhangethi thila, broken rock or Thinfushi Ethere thila. Dhigurah Thila is the southern dive site of the channel and also the biggest thila. It has a long and narrow shape of…

    Broken Rock South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    In the Dhigurashu kandu, between dhangethi thila and thinfushi ethere thila there is this peculiar and must-see thila. Is the most eastern one of the kandu and sometimes hitted by very strong currents. Is a normal 80m thila with the top at 14 to 16m. But the most interesting part is that across the…

    Dhangethi Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    The northern thila of the Dhigurashu Kandu is this thila. The formation is curious, as is based in several pinnacles raising from 25 to 16-12m, creating small walls and mini dropoffs. The currents can be really strong and weird in the maze of thilas. A compass is usefull and a safety balloon, as the…

    Pineapple Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Small thila 100m north of Hurasdhoo. Easy dive with not much interest, but convenient because is close and some day trippers use it with picnics and snorkelling

    Bulhaa Lhohi Caves South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    South west of Bulhaa Lhohi there is a reef in very good state with lots of hard coral and perfect for snorkelling. There are many caves between 10 and 20m, with the main one at 16m with a very big windown and a swim through. Bulhaa Lhohi is uninhabited, and may boats use it and the dive site for…

    Panettone South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    On the north side of Kalhahandhi Huraa there is this excellent reef with italian name. Many trevally can be found here (The name of thi island, Kalhahandhi, means Trevally), but also white tips, grey reef sharks, and barracuda can be found in the many overhangs starting at 20m.Between 10 and 20m…

    Thundufushi Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Great and big thila of 1km diameter, but with the best diving on the north part. It lies in the mniddle of Kalhahandhi Kandu, at the north of Panettone. It drops very steep in steps to more than 30m. In the shallow parts are small caves with squirrelfish and some seafans. Inside the channel is…

    Dega Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Also known as Gondodi Thila, 2km north of Eboodhoo lies this Thila, from 6 to more than 40m. Is a very interesting formation, with a wall of seafans on the outside of the main peak, and some pinncacles on the western side. There is a tunner to swimthrough cutting the reef at 16m where yellow…

    Emas Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    In the Himendhoo Dhekunu Kandu there is this very big thila, of about 1km long, goint from 10m to more than 30. During north-east monsoon is a good manta gathering point. Out of this season it can be a very nice drift dive with great outcrops and nice reef fishes. On the more southern part, the…

    Dhiggiri Kandu Felidhu Atoll, Maldives

    Very deep channel that goes to 45m. Good for drifting with incoming currents. There are some caves and overhangs all around

    Medhu Kandu Felidhu Atoll, Maldives

    This channel forms between Finolhu and Bolikey Falhu, south of Dhiggiri Kandu. The bottom is at 30m, a bit deeper in the entrance and a bit out there are some caves at 35m but there is no much to see. On the sand patches there are white tip sharks and stingrays. The south part of the kandu is…

    Miyaru Kandu Felidhu Atoll, Maldives

    Miyaru is a common dive site name in the Maldives, as means "Shark" in Dhivehi. This easy and not too long kandu is at the north of Alimathaa island and features small caves on both sides of the chanel. Of course, sharks can be found, both in the oustide and in the interior of the channel

    Devana Kandu Felidhu Atoll, Maldives

    South of Alimathaa there are several channels, but this, the second one is the most important and a famous dive site in the Felidhe region. At the entrance, the kandu is divided by a long reef. If the current is not extremmely strong, is possible to cross the channel from Vihamaafaru to Kudadhiggaru…

    Hulhidhoo Kandu Felidhu Atoll, Maldives

    This dive site is on the Felidhoo region, in the channel between Aarah and Hlhidhoo, bot deserted islands.Outside the reef of Hulhidhoo is teh best dive, with a rice-field terrace like reef, with overhangs between 20 and 35m. Deeper than 35m there are more caves with less interest for the air…