The Top 5 Diving Destinations in the Maldives

The Top 5 Diving Destinations in the Maldives

Diving on a beach in the MaldivesThe Maldives is considered to be one of the world’s best destinations for scuba diving.

As well as having beautiful white sand beaches on land, the surrounding clear seawater has an average temperature of between 26° and 30° all year-round.

This makes diving accessible throughout the year.

The Maldives boasts some exceptional coral reefs as well as a wide selection of vibrant marine life. There are a number of dive sites, dive schools and resorts that cater to beginners and experts alike. The Maldives provides perfect conditions for scuba diving. Take a look below to find out which locations are the best.

Maaya Thila

Maaya Thila is a protected marine area located in the north Ari Atoll. It has a depth range of 5 to 30 metres and is about 80 meters in diameter. Maaya Thila is one of the most popular diving destinations in the Maldives. As well as coral and marine life, you can see white-tip and grey reef sharks. There are several coral outcrops and deep caves to explore.

Clown anemonefish with anemone

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Here you can see great barracuda, angelfish, parrotfish, and clownfish. Aim to visit when the current isn’t too strong, as sharks are known to venture into the more shallow water.

Fesdhoo Wreck

If you have ever wanted to see a shipwreck from under the sea, Fesdhoo is the location for you. Fesdhoo Wreck is a very famous dive site in the Maldives, located on the southwest of Fesdhoo Island. The wreck itself is 29 meters below the surface and lays upright on the seabed. The exterior of the ship is covered with coral, starfish and sponges.

Moray eel is huge coral

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If you want to dabble in some underwater photography, this makes a perfect backdrop. You can see some amazing marine life here including grouper fish, moray eels, and lionfish, as well as white-tip reef sharks and hammerheads.

Banana Reef

The Banana Reef is located on the north Male Atoll. The location gets its name from the islands shape when viewed from above. When diving here you can explore caves, overhangs, and coral heads.

The depth ranges between 5 and 30 meters. Here you can see schools of fish including bannerfish and fusilier. There is a wide selection of exotic fish such as large morays, grouper fish, and sharks. Try to visit when the currents are soft as the formation can create underwater turbulence.

Dhevana Kandu

Dhevana Kandu is another protected area is located at Felidhe Atoll, south of Ali Mathaa.

Dhevana Kandu is a popular dive site in the Maldives due to its beautiful coral and excellent marine life. The reef fish include reef fish angelfish, pufferfish and variegated lizardfish.

Manta Ray (Manta birostris)

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The edges of the reef have caves and overhangs where you can see grey reef sharks, rays and schools of pelagics. This scenic dive site is great if you want to go shark spotting.

Rangali Madivaru

Rangali Madivaru is a reef-dive located at south Ari Atoll. This is one of the best places to see manta rays. If you aim to visit during the monsoon season, it attracts many manta rays as they clean and feed on plankton.

There is also an array of exotic fish life here including snappers, firefish, squirrelfish, and lionfish. The strong current attracts manta rays, but it can also create a funnel effect. Guides will indicate whether the current get too strong to dive.

If you love to Scuba dive, start planning your trip to the Maldives today.

About The Author

Torben Lonne

Torben is a top skilled PADI MSDT instructor. He has worked several years with scuba diving in Indonesia and Thailand – and dived most of his life in most of the world.

He is also the co-founder and chief-editor of DIVE.in you can always catch him here [email protected]

2 Comments

  1. Jacob Kildebogaard

    Thank you for this post. Do you know where it is the best place to find Whalesharks in april in the maldives?

    Reply
    • Torben Lonne

      Hi Jacob, how are you?

      The diving in the Maldives is not my strongest side, but I’ll get our guest writer Kate Austin to give you a more precise answer.

      As far as I know the southern ari atolls it the surest whale shark place year round.

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