Most divers will have the Maldives placed high on their bucket list of destinations to visit for scuba diving – it’s no secret that it’s one of the best places in the world for seeing mantas, whale sharks and a whole host of other marine creatures.
The area of the globe occupied by this island nation comprises of about 99% ocean with the tiny islands scattered across it; the surrounding reefs and submerged islands provide countless opportunities for diving rich and varied sites.
With so many dive sites, all abundant with life, it’s not an easy task to choose the Top 10 but the teams at Euro Divers Maldives share their choices with you here…
- Kandooma Thila – located in the east of South Male Atoll and accessible from our dive center at Kandooma. Expect to see the grey reef shark cleaning station – this site is known as the kingdom of sharks! Eagle rays can also be seen flying past the reef.
2. Nassimo Thila – located in the east of North Male Atoll and visited by divers staying at Kurumba, Club Med Kani, Club Med Finolhu and Meeru. There are amazing colourful soft corals, big schools of fish and overhangs to explore.
3 – Finger Point – located in the west of North Male Atoll and accessible from Eriyadu. A site for big fish, divers can see sharks and eagle rays here.
4 – Kuda Rah Thila – found in the east of South Ari Atoll and dived by guests staying at LUX*, and Vilamendhoo. There are nice overhangs, big schools of blue line snappers, eagle rays, a field of anemones and great corals.
5 – Labyrinth – located in Raa Atoll and dived from Dhigali and Faarufushi. Divers can enjoy the nice canyon, big schools of fish and colorful soft corals.
6 – 7th Heaven – located in the east of South Ari Atoll and visited by divers from Vilamendhoo and LUX*. The amazing soft corals are the stars of the show at this beautiful site.
7 – Broken Rock – lying in the east of South Ari Atoll and dived from Vilamendhoo and LUX*. This site is named such because of the spectacular canyon between the two rocks making it look like a huge rock split into pieces, there are great corals here too.
8 – Helengeli Thila – found in the northeast of North Male Atoll and dived by guests from Meeru, Kagi and Eriyadu. There is a beautiful overhang as well as the chance to see – grey reef sharks.
9 – Boduhiti Thila – located in the middle of North Male Atoll and dived from Kurumba, Eriyadu and Meeru. Divers can see sharks, turtles, napoleon wrasse and manta rays here.
10 – Whale Shark National Park – an outer reef on the east side of South Ari Atoll and dived by guests from LUX*and Vilamendhoo. The name says it all – whale sharks are the big attraction here but turtles and eagle rays can also be spotted.
We hope to show you some of these incredible Maldives’ dive sites soon!
Please note: due to the nature of marine life, we cannot guarantee sightings and visiting some of the sites may be subject to appropriate weather conditions and prevailing currents.