Vilamendhoo Thila

Just off the end of the main island reef, this thila sits on the edge of the atoll just in the channel. As such, it gets good pelagics when the current runs like whitetip reef sharks, and occasional manta and hammerheads. Come up on the deep side to check out the frequent eagle rays found cruising this dive site.

The ledges on the seaward side have hard corals and plenty of reef life. You might see napoleon wrasse, sea turtles, or pompano here.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 19 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current

Temperature & Visibility

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Lily manta point

There is a coral block in 19 Meters of depth, still beautiful and untouched, with all kind of corals. and surrounded by sand. There are a lot of cleaner Wrasses around so the Reef Mantas come in to get cleaned. Divers scan sit on the sand and watch the Mantas coming in and out without harming corals.

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Five Rocks

This dive site is quite unique in the fact that the pinnacle has split into five pieces over thousands of years of erosion. The pieces of pinnacle lay at depths of between 12m and 40m.

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Kuda Rah Thila

A stunning underwater pinnacle just minutes away from the island of Kuda Rah. This dive site has been declared a protected marine area. The dive site is better for deep dive certified divers and those who are experienced with a bit of current. Nitrox is recommended.

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Kudimaa (Wreck)

This medium-sized steel wreck was sunk on purpose in 1998, this was to provide the many divers visiting South Ari Atoll with a wreck dive site. This site is very close to the house reef of Machafushi island.

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Underwater seamount- called Thila in Maldives, top reef at 7-10 Meters. Negative decent needed away from the reef if there is current. High concentration of fish on the current side. Lots of schooling fishes, Tunas and big stuff such as sharks and rays. Beautiful cracks and holes with all kind of surprises.

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Dhigu Faru Kuda Thila

Small beautiful Thila, reef top 10-12 meter deep. Negative decent needed. You can swim around if the current is not too strong several times. Overhangs gives oyu protection frm current and to watch fish life.

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Aiyabe Thila (Hollywood)

One of the best dive sites in this area, it offers almost everything. Top Reef 5 Meters , excellent for safety stop. Big overhangs with fantastic coral life, schooling fishes and predators wich hunt for them . Negative decent needed if there is current

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Mage Modu Thila

Small Thila. Top at about 7 Meters, lots so re-growing stone corals, black corals in the deep part. Especially in current challenging as negative decent is needed away from the site.

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Rangali Madivaru

Rangali Madivaru (Madi = Manta, Faru = long Reef) is a manta cleaning station located in the channel at approx. 9 meters on the edge where the sloping bottom meets a plateau reef. This dive site is best visited with the outgoing current.

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Bulaloghi Faru

Surrounding Reef of Bulologhi, an inhabited Island . Depending on current right or left should along the wall which has many caverns full wit corals and fish life

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