Hanifaru Bay

The most famous manta ray feeding and breeding ground in the Maldives and the largest known in the world! Don’t miss out this fantastic spot between May and November. Whale Sharks and Dolphins pop in from time to time.

Manta rays and whale sharks can be found here from May to November. The surrounding reef is also full of other marine life such as white tip reef sharks, green turtles, sweetlips, etc.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
Visibility

Visibility

  • 15 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Snorkeling
  • Cleaning Station

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

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Open Water Diver

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Boat Diving

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Enriched Air Nitrox Level 2 (40%)

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Perfect Buoyancy

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Photo & Video

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Shark Ecology

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Marine Ecology

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Manta And Ray Ecology

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Fish Identification

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Basic Freediving

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Dive sites nearby

This dive site is suited to most levels, but this depends on the current. The reef is quite narrow and curves around the shape of the nearby island. Nitrox is recommended

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Anga Faru

Anga Faru translates to Mouth Reef in the local language, is a big reef with a lagoon and sand bank enclosed. The slope is fairly steep in some areas and there are multiple overhangs.

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Maalhos Manta Point

Maalhos Manta point is our very own Manta Ray cleaning station on the island reef. It is a bit of a swim away and we usually take a boat out there to make it a bit more comfortable.

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Maalhos House Reef

Maalhos House Reef is easily accessible from the beach. The reef is right off the shore, and starts at a few meters and drops off. There are several small overhangs all over. It is possible to do a nice, long and relaxed dive here.

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Amilla Fushi

A pleasant reef to snorkel or dive to explore. A vertical hole in the reef creates a blue hole like swim through allows scuba divers to descend down and exit from a cave at the bottom.

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Small thila 80m long and 70m wide in the middle of the channel which promises a lot of current, Therefore, this dive site should be dived by experienced divers or those who are willing to learn! Smart diving in the current shade required or the right place to be shown by an experienced instructor. Nitrox/CUrrent!

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nice drift dive first in a small bay and later on a steep wall. In the bay, sloping from 4 to 22m to then have a small dropoff. With a bit of luck you can see the wonderful manta rays passing by here from January to April.

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Regardless of whether Thila or the nearby main reef BDT is the best Marco place, which does not mean that there are no big fish;) However, there are occasional “funny currents“ which are no problem with a guide who knows his way around! After the small Thila, simply hold the current right / left shoulder and drift

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Small Thila directly on the island of Villingilli on the offshore plateau in the direction of the channel between Raa and Baa Atoll. Usually a jump into the blue water east of the Thila above the plateau at the edge for approx. Let drift along 30m towards Thila and then slowly climb up the Thila. Current !!!!

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Muthafushi Thila

Muthafushi Thila is a small pinnacle dive site. This site is great for avid photographers and those who enjoy diving slow and looking around to discover all the life this reef has to offer.

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