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Addu Atoll is the most southern atoll in the Maldives and offers unique, gorgeous surroundings and wonderful diving as well as endemic wildlife and an abundance of coconut palms due to the unique topography.

Diving in Addu Atoll

Quick facts

Diving in Addu Atoll is superb, with stunning visibility and average depths of 30-35 meters.

And it's very diverse too. If you love pelagics, you'll enjoy the year-round diving with sharks, turtles and mantas.

Both less-advanced and advanced divers will find something for them in Addu Atoll, with weaker currents than in some of the other atolls and dive sites specifically rated for beginner divers, such as Gan Inside, a shallow dive that brings you into close contact with stingrays.

For the more advanced diver, there's the awe-inspiring British Loyalty Wreck, an almost 6000 tonne oil tanker sitting at just over 30 meters and offering the largest wreck to dive across the Maldives.

Another massive highlight is Shark Point, which features the 'Shark Hotel' - see close to 20 grey reef sharks idling around on the sandy bottom.

Recommended training

The Maldives are a photographer’s dream, so take the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course. The PADI Drift Diver course will prepare you for the drift dives through the channels. Enriched air nitrox is available, so the PADI Enriched Air Diver course is a good idea.

When to go

Addu Atoll is tropical, humid and very hot year-round, with an abundance of sunshine and temperatures around 24-33°C/75-91°F. The diving is equally good all year, however monsoons bring quite a lot of rain between April and October and especially June to August.

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USD 922Per person for 7 nights for 2 divers
USD 1,150Per person for 7 nights for 2 divers
USD 975Per person for 7 nights for 2 divers

What to see


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Addu Atoll, also known as Seenu Atoll, is the southernmost atoll of the Maldives, featuring stunning, world-class dive sites.

The islands are shielded from the tempests and high waves of the Indian Ocean by boundary reefs. Coconut palms, the national tree, grow all over the islands.

There are tiny lakes, wetlands, and damp taro fields in the islands that are one of a kind and the gorgeous barrier reef topography shields this slice of paradise from the storms and high waves of the Indian Ocean

White terns, known as the "dhondheeni" by Adduans, gives the Atoll a uniqueness as these can only be found in Addu Atoll. 

Other attractions

Gan Island: take a look around and experience the rich history of Gan Island, including a previous life as home to British military bases (with colonial architecture still evident in some areas)

Rent a bicycle: from near Equator Village Resort, you can cycle along an open-air causeway and visit three nearby islands, enjoying the relatively undisturbed atmosphere and plentiful sunshine

Explore Koattey: enjoy a large freshwater lake and abundant marine life in this protected area of the atoll. Legend has it that fairies used to bathe in the crystal-clear waters

Getting there

Most visitors will fly into Malé and then transfer to Gan International Airport via Maldivian Airways, which runs regular daily flights into Gan. The journey will take you around 60 minutes. Direct flights to Gan International Airport come via Colombo Airport in Sri Lanka.

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