The unscathed natural beauty of the low-lying Maldives’ islands has always been what captivated tourists across the globe and the main reason why they fly all the way over here. With reefs and lagoons full of colors that one can’t count and fish that simply gobsmack you, the Maldives islands have become one of the prime destinations for scuba divers. And hence, it only makes sense for me to compile a list of the best of the best dive spots of the country — which is based completely on user reviews!
The waters of Maldives are not only common for local divers, but also among many visiting divers. With the rise of the guesthouse business in the Maldives, almost every guesthouse now offers a diving or snorkeling package along with their normal packages!
Manta Point, North Male’ Atoll
As the name suggests, the “Emas Thila” or the Manta Point is a gathering point for Mantas during the northeast monsoon season. With Mantas mostly focusing on coral rocks on the reef top, there are more to be found in the site such as sea-fans, sea-whips, soft coral, and squirrelfish in the caves. Around the rocks are big schools of fish, most notably the masked bannerfish, but also spotted sweet lips, oriental sweetlips, trevally, red bass, and spangled emperor fish.
Kuredu Express, Lhaviyani Atoll
With the strong current that flows through the channel, you can enjoy sights of reef sharks, eagle rays, tuna, stingrays and barracuda at different depths of the terraces. The site, suitable for intermediate level also happens to be one of the best in the Lhaviyani Atoll region. The channel is also famous among many divers for the numerous shark encounters — though there is no guarantee of an encounter during each dive!
Fotteyo Kandu, Vaavu Atoll
Rich with large schools of snapper and reef sharks, this dive site — loved by many — includes caves, overhangs and some swim throughs. Many consider the dive site to be one of the best in the Maldives, mainly for the vast number of marine life to be discovered underneath the crystal clear waters of the area. Sharks, rays, tuna and all kinds of other large pelagic sightings might be possible, if you seem to be lucky enough!
Kandooma Thila, South Male’ Atoll
Shaped like a teardrop, this pinnacle is home to green turtles which amaze a great number of divers in the area. The walls, covered with soft corals are patrolled by schools of red bass and big-eye trevally. With caves, overhangs and coral heads, the dive site is suggested for the more advanced divers. The reef edge also sports some caves that are rich in marine life and is quite an interesting dive spot for many across the country.
Maldives Victory Wreck, Kaafu Atoll
Located southwest of the airport, the MV Maldives Victory Wreck is among the most popular dive sites in the capital region. Sitting on a sandy bottom at 35 meters, the wreck site is often used to practice wreck diving during little to no current. The hull — which attracts a number of fish now Ind a lot of sponge corals growing on it. It serves as a perfect site for those who may want to explore multiple decks of a wreck.