If you are thinking to practice Diving in the Maldives, you will find an extended channel of 26 atolls located near the coast of southwest India. The country has more than 1,100 coral islands that emerge from the depths.
Diving in Maldives
Diving in Maldives is a unique experience, with warm waters all the year. The Maldives islands are located along the Indian Ocean, were the divers can find diving sites in a surface of almost 870 kilometers. The atolls of the Maldives are perfect for snorkeling. These ocean coral islands are circular and usually a large gap in the middle, where live so many species of corals and fishes. IT is very interesting as well to practice this diving activity in the Maldives channels. Inside them you can find caves, corals, sponges, gorgonians, shoals of fish and invertebrates.
The Banana Reef is very with a special banana shaped. It has 300 meters long, and it is located from northeast to south of Maldives. Before going there, you should acquire a certain level, because sometimes occasional riffles happen.
In the Barracuda Site you can see snorer spotted, striped and barracudas. In the Manta Site you can see manta rays between December and April. In the Shark Point you will see so many species of sharks such as: the Gray reef, white tip and hammerhead. This section is for advanced divers. Other points are the most experienced Cathedral, Heaven & Hell, and Thila Finney Takandhoo Corner.
One diving site for beginners is the wreck Filadhoo, with 50 years, covered by corals, where groupers, lutjanid eagle and hopefully fish, dolphins. Other points are the Aquarium, Dhonakulhi House-Reef Channel, Channel Lhavandhoo Thila and the Mathi Faru.
In “Kudarah Thila” you can see a beautiful coral garden that has so many dazzling blue lines of snappers, clown fish of different colors, gray sharks and white tip. In the hollows, refuge “mysteriously” precious honeycomb morays and fire dart gobies.
In these impressive waters, was sunk the wreck “Halaveli” in 1990, which was a cargo of 33 meters in length, to create an artificial reef. The boat is almost completely covered by all types of corals, large gorgonians and sponges.
The “Athlon North Male” is the most well-known diving site in the Maldives. The nourished and healthy reef are a great habitat for the shark reef and the huge groups of manta rays that arrive at their cleaning station.
Now, in “Girifushi Thila” you can find a natural pillar covered by a garden of soft and hard corals, where so many schools of jackfish protect themselves from the strong currents.
In “Banana Reef” you can find beautiful reefs that form a round line specie (banana form), which is like a seat to the crystal waters that offer a great visibility. Its walls are covered by sponges and acropora, which are full of large groupers, snappers, angelfish, moray eels and lobsters.
We have as well the “Athlon Baa,” which is composed by 50 islands covered for clean and crystal waters where swim and move the shark whales. These giants of the ocean are even raised there.
In “Dhonfanu Thila” you can see precious corals, sponges and gorgonians, where the unicorn fish, angelfish, butterfly fish, parrot fish, snappers and wrasses live peacefully.
“Dhigali Haa” is another site very interesting for the divers, where there is a lot of whip corals and anemones that provide shelter to the porcelain crabs. It also highlights the fusiliers and jackfish, but the real star is the Coriocellas Hybyae, which is a rare black nudibranch.
Now we can see what happens to the frenetic life of the “Athlon South Male.” Its healthy reefs have giant shoals of tropical fishes in all their forms, sizes and colors; large pelagic, to glossy tuna schools and large groups of stately rays. Among their caves there are groups of blue lips, riflemen, gray sharks, napoleons, honeycomb morays and squirrel fish swimming among corals of all types and sizes.
Its privileged oceanic position allows you to enjoy some of the most crystal clear waters of Asia, which is home of more than 1,000 fish species and invertebrates, especially the majestic gray sharks, moray eels and all kinds of stingrays.
Other common species you will have the opportunity to see in the Maldives the Lucio, Napoleon, lion fish, tuna, morays and paddlefish. Occasionally you can see the whale shark in Rasdhoo Atoll.
There is so many barracudas banks as well, an enormous amount of whip coral, whale sharks and huge shoals of hammerhead sharks in the background subtracted light for its size.
Other animals with great splendor in this water are the eagle rays, marble rays, and huge groups of stingrays that go there to be wormed by small fishes, gray reef sharks and white tip sharks.
You can also observe the batfish, beautiful striped marble and a variety of brown that always are mysterious, and like to hide in any hole they find.
The “Fish Head” is famous for the possibility you can have to dive near the gray sharks swimming at high speed, large napoleon fish, with beautiful banks of batfish and the fusiliers. There are as well in this place the clown triggerfish (rare in other waters), eagle rays, sweet lips, Moorish idols and the always beautiful sea turtles.
In “Hammerhead Point” is possible to dive with the hammerheads, which arrive to these waters in huge and overwhelming shoals.
It is a great spectacle to see the manta rays moving softly and slowly, awhile the parasites wrasses. Also, you can observe white tip sharks, octopus and morays that are somewhat overshadowed by the other “show.”
The chest fish, groupers, lionfish, angelfish have no objection to pose for the underwater cameras to show their majestic beauty. It is clear, the eagle rays, barracudas and reef sharks, do not escape from the cameras.
When the cleaning season for the elegant manta rays, and the wrasses comes, they move beautifully awhile they are dewormed themselves.
A nice dive for beginners is the Filadhoo Wreck. It is a 50-year-old wreck surrounded by coral, groupers, cashmere snappers, eagle rays and if you are lucky, dolphins. Other good dive spots for beginners are Aquarium, Dhonakulhi House-Reef Channel, Lhavandhoo Channel Thila and Mathi Faru.
More common species at the Maldives are Jackfisch, Napoleon fish, lion fish, lobsters, turtles, tuna, morays and leaf fish. Very rarely, divers might encounter a whale shark at dive point Rasdhoo Atoll.