Maldives

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The Maldives is a nation of islands in the Indian Ocean, that spans across the equator. The country is comprised of 1192 islands that stretch along a length of 871 kilometers. While the country covers an area of approximately 90,000 square kilometers, only 298 square kilometers of that is dry land. The islands are grouped into a double chain of 26 atolls.

Best time to dive?

Any time of the year is a good time to dive. For the enthusiastic, knowledgeable diver wishing to get the maximum from a holiday devoted to diving, the best time is from January to April when skies and sea are clearer. Plankton is more abundant in October to November and this makes the sea murkier but that’s when bigger fish are more active and more easily seen.

Best time to Dive?

Any time of the year is a good time to dive. For the enthusiastic, knowledgeable diver wishing to get the maximum from a holiday devoted to diving, the best time is from January to April when skies and sea are clearer. Plankton is more abundant in October to November and this makes the sea murkier but that’s when bigger fish are more active and more easily seen.

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Sea Life

For lovers of marine life, Maldives is undoubtedly a slice of heaven. For one thing, the country is made up of hundreds of islands which offer an enormous playground for divers to explore. There are channels connecting the ocean to the lagoons and the water coming from the ocean is full of planktons and nutrients which, in turn, attract an incredible amount of marine life. If you plan your next adventure right, you may find yourself swimming among manta rays, whale sharks, sea turtles and so much more. This is precisely what makes Maldives such a hotspot for diving.

Dive Sites

SCUBA diving enthusiasts travel the world in search of the perfect dive spots. However, this sport is also popular amongst less frequent divers that find solace in the beauty and silence of the open water within their own home town.

Therefore, this has become an important facet of the tourism industry in Brazil, which offers magnificent SCUBA diving opportunities. With 5 000 miles, or more than 8 000 kilometres, of open coastline,

it is no wonder that Brazil offers such plentiful SCUBA spots.

Maaya Thila, North Ari Atoll

 

Day or night, Maaya Thila is one of the best dive sites in the Maldives. lot With lots of caves and overhangs, this site can be dived in one dive depending on the currents. This pinnacle lies at a depth of 6 meters from the ocean’s surface and falling down to 30 meters. The site lies at a distance of around 5nm to the northwest of the island of Ukulhas, and it’s Protected Marine Area. Maaya Thila is home to an amazing diversity of marine life. You can spot a dozens of white-tip and grey reef sharks, giant trevally, barracudas, snappers, eagle rays, and many other pelagics here.

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Nassimo Thila, North Malé Atoll

 

Nassimo Thila, Paradise Rock or Virgin Reef.

This “Thila” has a number of pinnacles strewn randomly a few feet away from the main reef, stunning rock formations, caves, abundant fish life and everything else that is desired for an exciting dive. The top of the thila is between 10 and 15 meters and in a slightly oval shape. The full strength of the currents hit these pinnacles and soft corals are plentiful. Midnight Snappers, Dog-toothed Tunas, Barracudas and White-tip Reef Sharks are seen here.

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 Kandooma Thila, South Malé Atoll

 

Kandooma Thila is a large, deep under-water pinnacle on the atoll’s outer edges whet top is located 13m from the ocean’s surface, while the sandy base is 35-40 meters deep. This “Thila” is in the middle of “Biyaadhoo Kandu”, between the islands of Cocoa and Holiday Inn Kandooma Resort. With full of hard corals on the top of the reef, the sides of thila are covered with different coloured soft corals. The narrow channel between the thila and the reef usually creates a strong outgoing current directed from west to east. This is the place where the underwater show begins, and where you must be. The current ranges between medium to very strong and attract grey reef sharks, eagle rays and large schools of fusiliers. Larger reef fish can be observed too, such as sweetlips, snappers and groupers.

Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo, North Ari Atoll

 

The house reef of Ellaidhoo is globally known for its beauty amongst divers and thus, it is a true Eldorado for snorkellers too. It does not matter if you put on a tank for the first time or if you are a traveled and experienced diver – you will be astonished by the breathtaking beauty of the house reef! With a length of 1600 meters, the reef leads around the entire island. The Chaaya Reef has a consistent drop-off, good corals and amazing marine life. Mantas, sharks and even whale sharks were often seen near the island.

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Maamigili Beru Reef, South Ari Atoll

 

Maldives is one of the best places in the world for diving with whale sharks. And the best place in the Maldives to find these huge fish is the South Ari atoll. Whale sharks are the highlight of any visit to South Ari Atoll and these gentle giants can be seen year round. The southern coast of the Sun island is open to the Indian Ocean and has a plateau at a depth of 5-10 meters, which makes it easy to find whale sharks that regularly patrol these waters.

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Fuvahmulah, Gnaviyani Atoll

 

Vuvahmulah is the only place that any diver must visit! The local island is measured 4.5 km long and 1.2 km wide with a submerged reef (Rashikedefaro) extending about three kilometers southeast. Fuvahmulah is a rock in the middle of the ocean, which plays the role of a huge cleaning station and mating place for big pelagic like Black Oceanic Manta Birostrics, Mola Mola, Pilot whales. Fuvahmulah has ultimate set of sharks which can be seen all year round: Tiger Sharks, Thresher Sharks, Hammerheads, Silver tip, Whale shark, Grey reef, White tip. Big schools of Barracudas; Yellow-Fin Tuna, Bonitos, Sailfishes, Marlins and millions of reef fish surround the local reef daily. But one one the main feature which makes Fuvahmulah amazingly attractive is Tiger Sharks.

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How to Arrive

Located in the Indian Ocean about 700km south-west of Sri Lanka, the Maldives is a 16 – 20 hour flight journey from Australia. Getting to this remote tropical paradise is fairly straight forward but will require some pre-planning. As there are no direct flights from Australia, many travellers will fly into Singapore for a short stopover, before transferring to the Maldives. Thanks to a fantastic range of flights with trusted airlines such as Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Scoot and Silk Air, getting to the Maldives is simple and affordable.

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