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Explore the best dive sites of the Maldives

If you are looking for an extreme diving adventure, the Maldives is the place. From soaring manta rays, massive whale sharks, and ripping current dives, the Maldives has it all. What was once an “off the beaten path“ vacation spot has now become one of the world’s best diving destinations. Coral covered “thilas“ (small underwater islands) are scattered throughout the Maldives’ gin-clear, warm waters. The richness and variety of species encountered among the hundreds of islands in this small nation are unmatched. The best way to enjoy diving the Maldives is aboard one of the many liveaboard dive boats that go out for one to two weeks at a time, taking divers to some of the most remote, untouched dive sites on the planet. Whether you are looking for thrilling, fast-past, current-ripping underwater expeditions, or shallow, lengthy, relaxing dives, the Maldives is waiting for you.

This “Thila” is in the middle of the kandooma kandu. From 2000 to 2009 this dive site was ranked world 10th place of shark diving. The top of the reef is full of hard corals. The sides of the “Thila” are covered with soft corals. The currents are strong here and highly recommend for Advanced and Nitrox divers.

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Maaya Thila

Once this dive site was on the top 10 best in the world. Due to this rating many divers dived this site and specially at night. The damage on the top of this Thila (diver error) is bad, but as from 12m acceptable. At night many giant trevally and some white tips hunting.

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Kuda Giri (Wreck) / Potato Reef

The Kuda Giri is a very pretty, old wreck accessible by short swim from the pinnacle. This is a boat dive with an excellent, small wreck sitting next to a very well established giri (pinnacle) with lots of small caves and overhangs.

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One of the interesting attractions during the northeast monsoon, this site offers a wide variety of big fish life. The entire channel is a marine protected area. Be well prepared for several downstream washing machine currents when drifting to the inside channel.

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Lankan is a cleaning station for manta rays and scuba divers visiting often get to see an amazing manta show, one of the highlights of any trip to the Maldives.

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Madivaru Corner

This dive site starts as a wall dive and leads into the channel, here you can enter the channel to enjoy a deeper dive or stay on the drop off point of the channel where you can enjoy all the fish life in the current.

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Rasdhoo Channel

Suitable only for advanced divers, the channel between Kuramathi Resort Island and Rasdhoo offers world-class encounters between 22 and 30 meters deep. This dive works best with a medium current pushing mainly across and slightly in toward the atoll. Divers should follow the edge of the channel.

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This dive site has many names, Fish Tank, Fish Factory, Stingray City and they all fit! There is actually a fish factory on the island and this is the reason why there are so many rays and moray eels.

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Madivaru Channel

Rasdhoo Madivaru is a channel located at the intersection of the local islands of Rasdhoo and Madivaru. Dive along the edge of parallel or perpendicular reef formations across the channel and explore the sandy areas.

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Your best dive at Cocoa Corner will be when the northeast incoming ocean current hits this Atoll, which then only requires you a minimal fin kick to cruise along. This can be a long drift or a short drift dive. Make sure you do not miss the corner. An ideal spot for a early morning dive to see hammerhead sharks.

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Featured Dive Destinations

Laamu Atoll

The Laamu Atoll is relatively close to the Central Atolls region and has weaker currents and better visibility than its southern neighbors

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Laamu Atoll

The Laamu Atoll is relatively close to the Central Atolls region and has weaker currents and better visibility than its southern neighbors

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Laamu Atoll

The Laamu Atoll is relatively close to the Central Atolls region and has weaker currents and better visibility than its southern neighbors

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The third-largest ocean in the world, the Indian Ocean, is surrounded by Asia, Africa, and Australia, and covers around ⅕ of the world’s total ocean extension.

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Northern Atolls

The Northern Atolls’ best diving locations include Haa Alif, Haa Dhaalu, Shaviyani, Noonu, Raa, and Lhaviyani atolls.

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Central Atolls

The Central Atolls are the most well known and populated region of the Maldives.

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Southern Atolls

The Southern Atolls Region is made up of Laamu Atoll, the Northern and Southern Huvadhu Atoll, Fuvahmulah Atoll and, Addu Atoll.

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Fuvahmulah

For all the Southern Atoll region offers, the Fuvahmulah Atoll is the place that brings it all together.

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Haa Dhaalu Atoll

The Haa Dhaalu Atoll offers a great dive area with wide channels and shallower drop offs and also beautiful underwater caves.

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Raa Atoll

Raa Atoll is a very popular dive spot in the Northern Atolls due to its pristine thilas.

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Rasdhoo Atoll

Rasdhoo offers the most beautiful beaches in the Maldives and you have the unique chance to swim with hammerhead sharks.

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Explore underwater life

Aquatic life under our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams is amazing! From microscopic zooplankton to the largest animal on earth, the blue whale, underwater life comes in all possible shapes and sizes. With 71% of the earth being covered with water, it is no wonder we are so fascinated with what lies beneath the surface. In fact, scientists estimate that there are nearly 1 million different species of aquatic animals. Freshwater ecosystems are home mainly to fish, invertebrates, and reptiles, whereas the ocean contains a wide array of marine life including fish, mollusks, crustaceans, reptiles, sharks, and marine mammals like whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees.

They are very peaceful and completely safe, making swimming with whale sharks an extraordinary experience.

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Diving with grey reef sharks is always exciting as they are often times very curious about divers when they first enter the water.

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Reef manta ray

There is nothing like watching reef manta rays, these large filter feeders soar past you like a flock of birds - find out where.

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Seeing these beautiful animals underwater is an incredible moment that will last a lifetime.

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As long as you keep a safe distance, you can experience beautiful dives with stingrays.

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Scuba diving alongside a green sea turtle is always special as you watch them soar gracefully through the water.

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Moray eels are usually seen with their heads poking out from the reef.

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Lionfish are native to Indo-Pacific waters and are usually found hiding under ledges.

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Australia offers a great diversity of diving adventures, from tropical diving in the north, to cold water diving, shipwreck explorations, and coral reefs.

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Many divers have never encountered the exciting mix of cold and warm water species found off South Korea’s shores.

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Italy is a peninsula in southern Europe, famously shaped like a boot that is surrounded by three parts of Mediterranean - offering various dive sites.

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The Philippines is an archipelago composed of over 7,000 islands in three main regions: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

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An island nation located off the southwest coast of India in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is made up of 26 different ring-shaped reefs called, atolls.

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From the cool Atlantic waters of the Bay of Biscay in the north, to the warmer Mediterranean Sea to the south, Spain is perfect for year-round diving.

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Thailand, The Land of Smiles, is a joy to explore, from the friendly locals to the dazzling scenery and offers some of the best diving in the world.

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France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic and offers some interesting diving adventures.

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France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic and offers some interesting diving adventures.

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