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Fuvahmulah Atoll, located in the Maldives’ far south, is a unique and uncharted adventure that promises pristine reefs, oceanic mantas and rare sharks – tiger sharks, thresher sharks, scalloped hammerheads, silver tip sharks, whale sharks, grey reef and white tips! And don't forgot the mola-mola who can also be seen here from time to time.

Diving in Fuvahmulah Atoll

Quick facts

In Fuvuahmulah, divers can see seven types of rare sharks in one dive! See dozens of tiger sharks a day, and observe thresher sharks in the shallow cleaning stations all day long, as well as abundant black oceanic mantas and mobula.

Encounter gorgeous schools of great and scalloped hammerheads, giant whale sharks and Mola-Mola! Fuvahmulah is the only place on the planet where you can see all of these majestic pelagics together year-round in their natural environment.

The secrets of this incredible pelagic paradise have only very recently been made accessible by the daily underwater research conducted by Fuvahmulah Dive School since 2017. Fuvahmulah is on par with the other islands on the equator, like the Galapagos and Cocoa, and absolutely should not be missed if you're serious about diving. 


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USD 1,580Per person for 7 nights for 2 divers

What to see

The Fuvahmulah Atoll's seven sharks – thresher, tiger, whale sharks, oceanic whitetip, silvertip, grey reef and hammerhead – are what makes this atoll's diving unique and some days you'll see them all in one dive! There's also an abundance of rays, from black oceanic mantas to mobula. The reefs around Fuvahmulah are unspoiled and are perfect for underwater photography.

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Area

Fuvahmulah is located south of the equator and is one of the Maldives' most southerly atolls. It’s a single island atoll, and coral boulders have landlocked its lagoon. Freshwater lakes have formed where the water has lost its salinity. It’s the only island to have a native bird – the common moorhen – and the inhabitants keep them as pets.

The tropical climate brings a dry north-east monsoon from December to March and a wet south-west monsoon from May to November. The waters in the south of the Maldives are cooler, but at a minimum of 75° F (24° C) you won’t be needing a dry suit.

The atoll is one of the archipelago’s most culturally diverse, and this solitary island is only 2.8 miles (4.5km) long. You can easily explore it on a bike.

Due to its distance from Malé the atoll’s dive sites are still being explored. On land, you can walk along the beautiful beaches, surf dramatic waves and explore a mosque made from coral stone.

More liveaboards are visiting the atoll, but it's not as popular a destination as other areas. Accommodation on the atoll is limited and mainly mid-range, but during the low season discounted rates are available. The limited diving on the atoll is mainly suited to advanced divers, so a split location trip may be needed.

For an authentic experience you can set sail before sunrise and try to catch tuna; then head to the fish market with the fishermen and watch the locals arriving for the day’s catch.

Other attractions

The atoll's large wave break makes it a great place for surfers. If you’re learning to surf, be prepared for a bumpy ride. In the north-east of the island are the ruins of a Buddhist stupa but little remains after unsupervised excavations for hidden treasure.  Cycle to Dhadimagu Lake and swim in the freshwater, or look for herons, flamingos and the white-breasted waterhen. Enjoy a sunset meal on the beach, and celebrate your first tiger shark encounter.

Getting there

Male Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is well served by direct charter flights from Western Europe, but direct scheduled flights are rarer - and you need to transfer in the Middle East first.

If you’re staying on the Fuvahmulah Atoll then you will transfer by domestic flight (one hour) to the island’s airport.

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Note - Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.
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