Diving in the Maldives

    Felidhoo Kandu Felidhu Atoll, Maldives

    The channel on the south side of Felidhoo is a very nice and narrow kandu, 50m wide, between Felidho and Saalambet Falhu. The entrance is shallow, and at 16m the channel gets deeper.The highlight of this place are the staghorn masssive corals. Also fire coral can be found so good buoyance is needed.

    Keyodhoo Kandu Felidhu Atoll, Maldives

    Channel with a small thila in the middle called Keyodhoo Thila. The bottom is at 30m, but on the sides of the channel and in the thila, a wall dive can be done at shallower depths. There are white tips, turtles and sting rays

    Fuda Kandu Felidhu Atoll, Maldives

    Second channel south of Keyodhoo.The channel entrance is quite narrow and the currents formed can be really strong, decreasing the speed on the sides of the wall at the end of the kandu. The walls offer many photograpy opportunities. The east side is called Caravara Bodu.

    Fotteyo Felidhu Atoll, Maldives

    In Huraha Kandu, between Dhiggaru Falhu and Fotteyo Falhu there is this channel, probably the best and most known dive site in the Felidhe Atoll.The dive is indeed excellen, being a paradise for UW photography and it has so diverse life that many marine biologist have had several surveys here. The…

    Rakeedhoo Kandu Felidhu Atoll, Maldives

    The channel between Rakeedhoo and Fotteyo Falhu (on the other side of Fotteyo). The channel is very deep, with the bottom at about 50m with steps starting at 20m on the west side of the kandu. On every step there are overhangs and coral formations, whereas in the corner, there is a nice terrace that…

    Vattaru Kandu Felidhu Atoll, Maldives

    In the south of the Vattaru Atoll there is this nice kandu, 45 minutes away from Rakeedhoo. The best is stay close to the corner of Vattarurah island with the entrance of the channel at 32m with a few caves and overhangs. There is possible to see grey reef sharks and many other pelagics such as…

    Felivaru Kandu Faadhippolhu Atoll, Maldives

    The north side of Felivaru, on the outside of shiyard, and close to the fish factory there is this outside reef and channel with very interesting caves. Inside the channel grey reef sharks and eagle rays can be found. If the current is very strong is possible to end in shipyard

    The Wall Faadhippolhu Atoll, Maldives

    As the name says, this is a perfect vertical wall that ends at 33m. Is a very long one so is perfect for a drift dive.

    Nakolhu Giri Faadhippolhu Atoll, Maldives

    Very small and easy place to dive close to Kuredhdhoo. The coral slopes down with oucrops and overhangs in all the perimeter. The reef quality is extremely good and this place is perfect for photography, as currents are not strong at all. Very nice gorgonians, anemones and soft and hard coral…

    Maa Giri Faadhippolhu Atoll, Maldives

    Inside the Maavaanu Kandu there is this Giri (Thila that almost reaches the surface) and it creates a perfect current point for schools of fishes feeding. The schools of snappers and fusiliers are massive, and in the reef top there are numerous anemones, different kinds of parrotfish, oriental…

    Fahima Kandu Faadhippolhu Atoll, Maldives

    Also known as Riycoppaa Kandu is one of the parts of the kandu with the same name.At the entrance there is a thila with a 16m top covered by excellent table corals. Lots of moray eels, napoleon and reef fishes can be found here. The end of the thila is a sandy patch at 25m, and crossing it there are…

    Fushifaru Kandu Faadhippolhu Atoll, Maldives

    This is the channel on the east side of Fushifaru Island, and the whole kandu has been declared a protected marine area.The main diving point here is Fushifaru Thila, only for experienced divers. It lies at the end of the atoll and is about 150m long and 50m wide. The top is at 10m and the mamum…

    Jumping Jack Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives

    In the northern side of North Nilandhe there is a wide channel called Kudaven Kandu.There most interesting part is the entrance, that has a ridge of seven small thilas crossing from Maadiggaru Falhu to Voshimas Falhu.When the current is strong enough, you can stay the whole dive in the southern…

    Lighthouse channel Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives

    Located in Fieeali Kandu, is a very wide channel with several thilas in a row in the eastern side, and a big reef on the north, touching Fieeali Falhu.Is best enjoyed with medium to strong current, as a drift dive along the 20 to 30m is one of the main options for the dive site.In the dropoff of…

    Two brothers Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives

    The second channel on north Nilandhe. It has two thilas with lots of reef life. The biggest one starts at 5m and goes to 25 - 30m to a sandy bottom. The second is a bit smaller and starts at 10m.In the big thila there are two small caves and usually there are stingrays resting inside. In the outside…

    Seven stingrays Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives

    South of Dhiguvaru Falhu there is this channel. In the reef there is a shallow lagoon suitable for snorkelling, but the main attraction for divers is the thila in the middle of the kandu.In the bottom, lots of stingrays can be found (usually more than 7!) Sometimes in the outside and west side eagle…

    Filitheyo Kandu Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives

    The main channel in North Nilandhe Atoll. A 2Km wide kandu with 3 main dive sites: Filitheyo Thila, Filitheyo Outside> and Dolphin corner. The whole area is a protected marine area and offers very different ways of diving to spend several days.Filitheyo Thila is a reef with "U" shape, and the reef…

    Fushi Kandu Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives

    In Meedhoo Region, South Nilandhe, there is this channel, the top north of the atoll. The channel is a protected marine area and fishing is not allowed here. The Channel is very wide, almost 1,2km, and in the middle there are five small thilas that rise from 10m to the sandy bottom at 25m. Both…

    Velavaru Thila Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives

    There are not many thilas in Nilandhe Atoll, but this one is probably the best. Is located south of Velavaru Island Resort, inside the Kihafun Kandu, goes from 7m to 30 in a slow slope.It is actually formed by three smaller thilas: Bodu Thila, Kuda Thila and Beyru Thila. You can dive them one by…

    Lhohi Caves Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives

    Very good spot for photograpy, with lots of invertebrates around. There are a group of caves from5 to 20m with lots of sponges of every colour and size inside. The inside of the cave is full of small life: Banded shrimp, giant spaghetti worms, lobsters and slipper lobsters and a big variety of…

    Maale Faru Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives

    Easy reef dive off the island of Maalefaru. Is a long and wide thilastarting at 16m with hard coral on top. The place has plenty goatfish, fusiliers, and on the sides green coral trees. Here there is also midnight coral.

    Demon Point Bay Addu Atoll, Maldives

    Small inlet forming a sort of lagoon at Koattey. Is a good place for a day trip, barbeque, sun bathing and introductory dives

    Gulda Lamago Addu Atoll, Maldives

    The reef is at the south of Koattey and it has a steep slope with hard coral boulders and some soft colourful coral. There are some cavities with lobsters at 30 - 35m. The sandy bottom is at 40m. Sometimes sharks can be seen here.

    Gan Insider Addu Atoll, Maldives

    Ideal location for introductory dives and beginners.Isat the east of the airport runway on the outside of Gan Kandu. Very small wall starting at 5m. On the reef top there are small sandy paths with lots of stingrays. Hawksbill and green turtles hang around.

    Kandu Huraa Region Addu Atoll, Maldives

    The kunda huraa region is a very wide area that covers at least 4 dive sites: Bushy West, Fihal Faru, Maa Kandu Beyru and Maa Kandu.Bushy West is the reef on the west side and has a very nice coral slope to 22m. Nurse sharks shelter in the coral heads. With medium to strong current is a easy and…

    Shark Point Addu Atoll, Maldives

    Almost every atoll has its own "Shark Point", and Addu's one is on the north east tip of the atoll, outside of Hulhumeedhoo. The outside is a dropoff to 30m to a 30m sand plateau quite wide. This sand patch is called Shark Hotel and more than 15 or 20 grey reef sharks can be seen at once. Outside of…

    Bathalaa Raa Atoll, Maldives

    On the northern outside of Vinaneiy Faru, there is a brilliant sight. Lots of pink corals cling from the wall of the vertical channel creating a very nice ambience. The dive starts in the sandy area of Vinaneiyfaruhuraa, and the reef slopes down slowly to a cliff at 18m, where drops off vertically…

    Landaa Giraaaru Raa Atoll, Maldives

    On the outside of Landaa Giraavaru there is this long and narrow reef with very good hard coral. Usually is easy to spot stingrays and napoleons.There is also a Landaa Giraavaru Lagoon where a easy and shallow dive can be done. Is a very nice place for night photography.

    Dhigu Thila Raa Atoll, Maldives

    Dhigu Thila is a narrow and long thila going from east to west, about 150m south east of Anga Faru. The top is at 6m and goes down to 30m, with a sharp drop off in the easter side.In this dropoff there is a large cave at 13m full of black coral. All along the south part there aremany big bright…

    Dhonfanu Thila Raa Atoll, Maldives

    Also known as Kuda Thila is located 2km south west of Dhonfaru.Is a relatively small thila of about 50m diameter, that starts at 7m and slopes down to 40m. Here you can find big trevally and schools of blue striped snapper. Also tuna and stingrays on the bottom.

    Dharavandhoo Thila Raa Atoll, Maldives

    The topography of this thila is what makes it special. It's located at the south west of Dharavandhoo and goes south to north along a narrow column for more than 200m. The top is at 5m on the shallower parts but goes down slowly until the bottom at 30m on the eastern part. The western part drops off…

    Maalhoss Raa Atoll, Maldives

    This dive is on the west side of Maalhoss island, close to the lagoon entrance. The well bends a little bit to the southwest and then dropsoff to 25m where lies a bottom of sand and rocks.All along the wall there are many holes and cavities. The place is very good for fish identification, with many…

    Dhigali Haa Raa Atoll, Maldives

    Also known as Horubadhoo Thila is a protected marine area SW of Horubadhoo island.This was one of the main shark fishing points in Maalhosmadulu, but not anymore since they got the area protection. Is a thila that goes from 10m to 40m. 5 to 10 grey reef sharks can be seen circling around the thila…

    Kunfunadhoo Corner Raa Atoll, Maldives

    This is the corner of the Kunfunandhoo Kandu, and is the best place to dive the channel. The dive starts in the outside, several meters out of the entrance, and drifts until the corner is reached. The best dive is with ingoing current, where eagle rays will appear among with the napoleons.

    Nelivaru Thila Raa Atoll, Maldives

    Nelivaru Thila is a good dive for almost anybody. You can spend most of your time along the slope in the northwest side, where the reef slopes down from 3m to 30 and many corals spread out, or you can face some currents and explore the overhangs of the southeast part. Turtles can be seen around the…

    Miriandhoo Thila Raa Atoll, Maldives

    The south of Miriandhoo is a very small but deep thila, sometimes with strong current that can even drag the diver down. The place is quite isolated and it attracts turtles, snapper schools and sometimes eagle rays.

    Naamuli Wreck Raa Atoll, Maldives

    The reef is called Naamuli Faru that means, "Shipwreck Reef".It is a wide reef with the top at 5m where lies the remains of an old steel ship. It is covered by coral and covers about 30m. The wreck is completely broken and everything is flattered remains, with everything spreaded out around. The…

    Mulaku Kandu Mulaku Atoll, Maldives

    40 minutes south of Vattaru, the first kandu of Mulaku atoll and that's where the name comes from.The channel is narrow and lies at 25m, but is possible to cross it if current is not too strong. However the best dives are with strong currents, both ingoing or outgoing. The bottom of the entrance is…

    Vanhuravalhi Kandu Mulaku Atoll, Maldives

    In the north of Mulaku, this is the deepest channel.Is a nice drift with a huge overhang where seafans and soft corals. The overhang is profund, so is better to bring a torch to find small stuff. Sharks can be seen, eagle rays and trevally.

    Veyvah Beyru Mulaku Atoll, Maldives

    The south - east of Mulaku is the Muli region. The island of Boli Mulah is in the middle of the big channel, and now is divided in two kandus. The northern one is Mulah Kandu, and Veyvah Beyru is the north corner. When the current flows to the south, is better to start north next to the light near…