Home to some of the Maldives’ best dive sites, the Ari Atoll’s clear blue waters are packed with pelagic species. This accessible atoll is the perfect choice for divers visiting the island nation.
Baa Atoll’s marine diversity was awarded UNESCO Reserve status in 2011. Its scuba is suited to beginners and advanced divers; expect overhangs, colorful reefs, manta rays and whale sharks.
Dhaalu Atoll’s wide channels are suitable for beginners. Advanced divers can explore the deeper caves. Expect drop-offs, stunning anemone corals, moray eels, mobula rays and colorful gobies.
Faafu’s diving is suited to all levels, and two wrecks are on a resort’s house reef. The unspoiled reefs, stimulating channel dives, and frequent manta sightings make this a perfect atoll.
Fuvahmulah Atoll, located in the Maldives’ far south, is a unique and unchartered adventure that promises pristine reefs, oceanic mantas and rare sharks – thresher, tiger and oceanic whitetip.
Haa Alif’s wide and shallower channels are ideal for beginners, but have greater depths for advanced divers. Expect vibrant corals, diverse marine life, mantas at the cleaning stations and a wreck.
Huvadhoo Atoll has scuba for beginners and advanced divers in the Maldives’ far south. The corals are pristine, and sharks patrol the exhilarating channels. Tiger and whale sharks can also be seen.
Ihavandhippolhu Atoll offers unchartered diving in its wide channels, and advanced divers can explore new sites. Expect vibrant coral, diverse marine life and mantas at the cleaning stations.
Laamu Atoll’s scuba is suited to beginners as well as advanced divers. Mantas are common in its channels, and Buddhist ruins can be found on Gan - which also has 4 miles (7km) of beach.
The Lhaviyani Atoll has wall, channel, reef and wreck diving for beginners and advanced divers. You'll see diverse marine life, colorful coral, guitar sharks and mantas.
Meemu Atoll’s sheltered inner reefs are ideal for beginners. Advanced divers can enjoy the deeper reefs and exhilarating drift dives in the channels. You'll see pretty corals, mantas and reef sharks.
Noonu Atoll’s scuba is suited to intermediate and advanced divers, but beginners can progress too. Drift dive the channels, meet grey reef sharks, and explore a Christmas tree shaped pinnacle.
With easy access from Male and the country’s best coral reefs, there is good reason why the North Male Atoll is the most visited region in the Maldives. Diving doesn’t get much better.
Raa Atoll’s scuba is popular for its unspoiled thilas (submerged islands) and is suitable for beginners and advanced divers. Expect pink soft corals, turtles, Napoleon wrasses, reef sharks and mantas.
Quieter than its sister to the north, the South Male Atoll is dotted with lush emerald isles in crystal clear oceans. It features a plethora of dive sites with caves, wrecks and wicked drifts.
Thaa Atoll’s diving caters to both beginners and advanced levels. Some dives have strong currents but this brings in the pelagic. Expect large reefs, coral gardens, steep walls and overhangs.
The Vaavu atoll has superb channel diving for beginners and advanced levels. The corals are vibrant, and you might see mantas, hammerheads and whale sharks.
Maldives is one of the best places in the world to spot manta rays and whale sharks; this should be more than enough to convince anyone to travel there, but there is more. Reef sharks like whitetip and grey reef are quite common too, together with big tunas, Napoleon fish, eagle and stingrays. Big schools of jackfish patrol the reefs, morays and turtles are also very commons. The reef enjoys both soft and hard, colorful corals, and tons of little fishes, nudibranchs and worms.
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