Depth: 9-30 m
Boat Trip Time: 15 minutes
One of the 15 Protected Marine dive sites of the Maldives.
Located in North Male’ Atoll south of Girifushi Island.
This reef about 100 meters across is an amazing reef with beautiful corals, overhangs, caves, outcrops, a swim through and loaded with the best fish life making it one of the most exciting dives in North Male’ Atoll.
It is best recommended to dive here with a small or a medium current as the site is not big enough to drift along for an entire dive.
With out going currents divers may start the dive jumping in the blue and drifting with the current towards the Reef while keeping with the left hand shoulder to it.
The top of the dive site can be a spectacular place to be as the pelagic tend to hunt here; It includes Tuna, giant trevally with schooling big evey trevally and also eagle rays.
As you drift in you will come across a butterfly shaped rock with overhangs reaching depths of 25-30 meters.
Under the over hangs it is really beautiful with red soft corals on the ceiling. In this overhang you can see a chimney-like formation; while keeping on drifting you will come across more coral outcrops and overhangs at depths ranging from 18 to 25 meters.
As you ascend shallower you will find the top reef colonized by many Sea Anemone clown fishes.
Large coral and good fish life makes it ideal for divers to spend the end of the dive on the top reef.
Care should be taken while diving on this site which is more recommended for advanced divers with good buoyancy as the coral is very fragile and with strong currents it can become a tricky.
Depth: 10-25 mBoat
Trip Time: 45 minutes
The site is towards the southern part of the main reef of the Island Lankan Finolhlu.
The top of the reef is at an average of 12 meters of depth where it slopes down to the bottom to a depth of 25-30 meters. With an ingoing current you could start the dive while keeping the reef to the right hand shoulder.
You have the possibilities to see white tip sharks and hawks bill turtles. Towards the south corner the dive site become exciting as there are a lot of red snappers and giant trevally.
But this is during the months of May until November that the dive site will offer you its best: a lot of zoo plankton gets carried to the reef due to the reef configuration there is a “cleaning station” where the Manta Rays are often present.
With care the divers stop around this cleaning station and can see the Manta Rays being cleaned while 1, 2, 3 or 4 are behind waiting for their turn!
The manta ray is coming near the top of the cleaning station and is hovering at around 40 centimeter from the reef. Dozens of Cleaner Wrasse are then doing their ”duty” by removing the parasites and the old skin from the rays. After a few minutes, the ray is “taking off” and the next one is coming making an unforgettable scene for every diver.
This process last for several hours and therefore, the diver must have a look at his pressure gauge as the diver can be completely captivated by the scene!
From time to time whale sharks have been spotted here often during the season.
Depth: 9-30 m
Boat Trip Time: 30 minutes
Nassimo Thila is a reef which stretches around approximately 150 meter in an oval shape and where the average depth on the top reef is in-between 10-15meters.
This dive site is the “mother” of all dive sites in north male’ atoll it boasts of coral and beautiful soft coral. The colors on the dive site are spectacular ranging from blue to red and yellow.
Every inches of the reef are fully covered with hard and soft corals. The other attraction of the site is its massive coral pinnacles which are abundant in fish life and soft corals.
The shallowest part on the coral blocks top to about 15 meters and drops towards the blue to 30 meter below.
By the side of the main Thila are over hangs which are covered with blue soft coral and huge sea fans.
Schools of blue line snappers and oriental sweet lips are a common inside the overhangs often stingrays can be seen resting under the small overhangs.
With an outgoing current the dive you may drift while keeping the Thila on the right hand shoulder as you reach the northern end you will arrive on a series of overhangs covered with blue soft coral.
The site could be done with a medium current making it a dive site favorable for the open water divers as well as advanced.
Nassimo Thila is definitely one of the best dive sites in North Male Atoll.
Depth: 13-30 m
Boat Trip Time: 40 minutes
The site consists of three main large sections of the reef; a reference line is attached to a hole on the reef at 13 meters.
From the three sections of reef the starting point of the site is on the bigger section which is 50 meters across in length, the smaller section of the reef is about 10 meters in diameter.
The reef is healthy in coral life and divers can observe tuna, white tip sharks and a lot of banner fish. On the main section of the reef both sides have overhangs at depth starting from 18 to 30meters.
he dive can be conducted like a spiral around the reef.
small current is recommended as always in either out going currents or ingoing currents the site will always be done half with the current and the other half against the current.
Divers should be careful not to move to far away from the Thila as in poor visibility you can easily lose the Thila. You can at times encounter nurse sharks among the overhand with spotted stingrays.
Banana Reef, named after the C-shape of the reef is around 100 meters in length. The reef is in front of the channel where fresh current enriches the reef with plankton it carries attracting also pelagic.
The most exciting part of the reef is at the northeastern side of the reef where big spectacular rocks starting from a depth of 30 meters rising up to 12 meters below the surface.
Schools of Banner fish can be seen just at the start of the dive, a lot of hunting takes place in this area of the dive site where dog-toothed tuna and several species of Jackfish can be seen chasing their next pray.
As you drift in you will come across some caves and gutters and a series of overhangs.
This area of the reef slopes down and after few minutes you will drift in the biggest overhang in Banana Reef where the top starts at 10 meters and drops to 20meters.
This overhang is fully covered with soft coral on its ceiling and for the pleasure and amazement of the divers, a huge school of Blue line snappers is always inside letting you approach them very closely.
Banana Reef is ideal to do with a Small to a medium current but can become tricky as the current stream increase. It is both suitable for beginners and the most experienced divers and is a photographers’ heaven.
The famous French movie the Big Blue boasts some screen shots of the dive site.
Depth: 8-30 m
Boat Trip Time: 45 min
Located at the North end of Full-Moon Resort. With ingoing currents divers can begin this dive before the north end corner of the Full Moon out side reef.
The idea of this dive is to cross a small channel which is about 20 meter in length and cross over to the Thila where the top of the reef is about 12-15 meters deep and slopes down on both sides to 25-30 meters.
The most exciting part of the dive is at the start while drifting keeping the reef to the left hand shoulder with the current towards the channel.
You can encounter many pelagic fishes such as Dog-Toothed tunas in packs, giant trevally hunting in the blue, white tips sharks riding the current and huge schools of fusilier fish.
The excitement keeps increasing when you will encounter small to big sized Napoleon fish and gliding eagle rays.
Do expect to see a lot of fish life over here with a lot of table coral and thousands of tropical fishes.
While drifting closer to the corner of the reef divers should monitor their buoyancy as the currents can be strong. After crossing the small channel you will arrive at the top of the Thila as interesting as the side of the reef which slopes down.
There are a lot of Mushroom corals in this dive site and many divers have observed nurse sharks resting under these enormous rocks.
The site is more suitable for experienced divers when there is a medium current and for beginners with a small current.
This is an exciting dive site during the months of September until mid November as manta rays can be often seen during the dive.