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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.

Diving in Meemu Atoll

Quick facts

The atoll’s inner reefs offer deeper depths for advanced divers. There aren't many channels on the eastern side, and this reduces currents. Beginners will have plenty of dive sites to choose from.

One of the atoll’s top dive sites is found on a reef at Mulee Island. During the south-west monsoon (May to December) it’s common to spot mantas with their offspring here. Several cleaning stations can be found at 33-49 feet (10-15 meters), but the currents can be strong. Groups of five or more mantas can often be seen playing; they twist and turn like a roller coaster’s cars. Healthy coral can be found on the reef as it gently slopes to 98 feet (30 meters). Advanced divers can join the tuna, barracuda and Napoleon wrasse.

A more challenging dive site is Shark’s Tongue. Sizeable coral formations are found at 26-49 feet (8-15 meters) where schools of surgeon, oriental sweetlips and copper snapper are found. The reef then slopes down to 98 feet (30 meters). As you descend you’ll see groups of whitetip and blacktip reef sharks swimming amongst the coral's rocks. If the currents are right, you can also see grey and silvertip reef sharks.

If your encounter with mantas and sharks has left you wanting more – soft and hard corals, channels, submerged pinnacles, walls, overhangs, and steep drop-offs are all waiting for you.

When to go

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What to see

The chance to see mantas, various reef sharks, and the possibility of a rare visit by a whale shark, is what lures divers to Meemu Atoll.

Amongst the reefs you’ll find color from blue-lined and humpbacked snapper, oriental sweetlips and fusiliers. Larger fish such as tuna and grouper swim amongst the disco ball flashes coming from swirls of schooling mackerel.

Turtles move through the coral gardens and the dense staghorn resembles a hedgerow. Red sea fans bloom from rocks.

Meemu’s diverse marine life doesn’t end here. You’ll be busy writing in-between dives.

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Area

The Meemu Atoll, also known as Mulaku Atoll, is located to the south of Malé in the Maldives, and only nine of its thirty-three islands are inhabited. There aren't many channels on the atoll’s eastern side, and this helps to protect beginners from strong currents.

You’ll be diving in warm water with temperatures never below 75° F (24° C), and the tropical climate is defined by two monsoons. The dry northeast monsoon runs from December to March, and the wet south-west monsoon runs from May to November. Air temperatures are consistently 84° C (29° C).

There aren’t any Buddhist archaeological sites on the island, but great diving and watersports will keep you entertained. You can walk along the atoll’s long pristine beaches when you’re not enjoying a lazy afternoon in a secluded spot.

Accommodation options are upper mid-range to luxury spa resorts, and they're often discounted during the low season. The atoll is a popular destination for liveaboards, and if you’re visiting during the high season, they can be a cost-effective alternative.

The sharks that patrol the channels’ stronger currents are the yin to the beaches' yang.

Other attractions

Just before sunset, head out on a traditional dhoni to try night fishing. As the sky’s redness concedes to darkness, play dot-to-dot with the stars while you're waiting for a squirrelfish to take your bait. The atoll has great surfing and the quiet spots cater to different levels of experience. You can learn to kitesurf and windsurf, or you can paddle a kayak around the lagoons. Arrange a trip to an uninhabited island, find some shade, and enjoy the irony of reading William Golding's Lord of the Flies.

Getting there

Male Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is well served by direct charter flights from Western Europe, but direct scheduled flights are rarer – it may require a lay-over in the Middle East first.

If you’re staying on the Meemu Atoll, then you will need to transfer by seaplane (45 minutes).

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