MALDIVES DEEP SOUTH
Deep South to Addu Atoll
Without a doubt the king route in the Maldives. Almost on every tour up to 10 different shark species are sighted. Grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, nurse sharks, tiger sharks, whale sharks, spinner sharks, blacktip reef sharks, silvertip sharks...
Please note that over 90% of the dives are channel dives and strong currents can be expected.
Start / End: Male / Addu Atoll (domestic flight not included)
2-3 Dives per Day
Domestic flight needed!
Tigershark dive: 50$US extra
Atolls: South Male, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu, Huvadhu, Fuvahmulah, Addu Atoll
For who: Advanced divers with minimum 75+ dives. Experience with drift and channel dives required.
Type of dives: Mostly channel dives. Best of everything!
Marine life: Mostly pelagic fauna. Tiger sharks!, Reef sharks, whale sharks, mantas, macro
Dive Sites Description:
*easy **medium difficult ***challenging
NORTH MALE ATOLL:
Directly in front of a fish factory in the North Male Atoll, large schools of stingrays gather again and again, looking for food. Mostly you can find them on a sandy slope with rubble, so that you can watch the spectacle easy or if there is current, you can also hook there. You can also find all kinds of moray eels there. If you are lucky, a guitar shark or even a tiger or bull shark will appear.
SOUTH MALE ATOLL:
Embudu Kandu ***
This is a famous channel between the ocean and Embudu Island, located east-west of Embudu Island. The channel is around 35-45 meters deep, and a thila is located on its North-East side where a variety of sea life such as sharks, hump head wrasses, eagle rays, and barracudas can be explored. The current is strong, making it ideal for only experienced divers. The best season to explore the site is during the Northeast Monsoon.
Kandooma Thila ***
Definitely number one in the ranking of the best dive sites in South Male atoll. Long thila, located in the middle of the channel, offers spectacular conditions to observe grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays, big schools of jacks and snappers both with incoming and outgoing current. North side of the pinnacle is nicely covered with soft corals with the top of the reef being home to many reef fish and green turtles. Currents can be pretty strong so negative entry and fast descent is often required. Current hooks should be ready to use. Rasdhoo atoll
Located south of Guraidhoo Island, this is a protected site hosting many pelagic species during incoming currents and presents several “washing machines”, downstream currents. This site is thus only recommended for advanced divers with greater experience and should be avoided by those who are beginners. This site is a great spot to watch eagle rays, whitetip sharks, and gray reef sharks, and is especially interesting during Northeast Monsoon.
Miyaru Kandu ***
One of the channel dives that you don’t want to miss. With strong incoming current the list of possible encounters is impressive. Mainly grey reef sharks but also whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays, napoleons and tunas are quite common and with the visibility reaching 40 meters during the northeast monsoon it can be the highlight of the trip. Outgoing current offer worse visibility but the sharks are still there. The site is not recommended for beginners, negative entry is often required and current hook is a must to avoid causing unnecessary damage to the reef. Most of the time you will spend at the depth of 26 to 30 meters so checking air and no-deco time more often is strongly recommended.
Alimatha House Reef **
Located on the south side of Alimatha island resort and considered one of the best night dives in the Maldives, being often a victim of its success and resulting in overcrowding of divers. Every night there is a show performed by a big number of nurse sharks, stingrays and massive jacks. Maximum depth will not exceed 15 meters and most of the time you will be kneeling on a sandy bottom waiting for the sharks to come closer. Definitely not to be missed.
Hakuraa Thila *
Located in the Mulee Kandu, this marine-protected thila is 80 meters long with its top at three meters, gently sloping down in the west part. The northeast side is full of overhangs, cavities, and caves where a variety of species such as gray reef sharks, eagle rays, sweetlips, needlefish, and trevallies can be spotted. The reef top of this site is excellent for photography as it is full of surgeon fishes, angel fish, basslets, butterflyfish, and damsels of every color.
Muli Corner **
The reef is known as home to a lot of sharks during incoming currents but it also welcomes manta rays on a large cleaning station during outgoing current. Entering the water with empty BCD and not wasting time on the surface is often recommended, specially with strong currents.
Whale shark point *
There is no specific place where diving would guarantee an encounter with a whale shark but the common practice is to use a strong light in the evening at the back platform of the boat to attract the zooplanktons which will further attract the whale sharks. Scuba diving while having the shark at the back of the boat is rather discouraged as the bubbles may disperse the mass of the plankton. The best experience is to grab a mask, fins and gently enter the water on the side of the boat, not to scare the whale shark away and then enjoy the view while snorkeling. Sometimes the whale shark will stay for hours, more than one visitor is also possible. Instructions given by the dive guides have to be followed and a code of conduct must be respected by all snorkelers to enjoy the moment to the fullest.
GAAFU ALIFU ATOLL:
Villingili Kandu is a channel south of the island of Villingili in Gaafu Alifu Atoll, which is known to see many gray reef sharks. The spectacle at the edge of the channel is mostly enjoyed with a reef hook.
When the no-decompression limit or 70 bar is reached, it is possible to complete the dive by drifting inside the channel in order to reach the north or south reef.
This dive site is especially interesting during the northeast monsoon and is suitable for advanced divers with good experience in currents and deep dives. The use of a reef hook is recommended to avoid damaging the reef.
KONDEY CORAL GARDEN*
This dive site is located south of Kondey island. The site is almost 2km long and hosts dozens of hard coral species. The main attraction is the beautiful coral garden, but you can also spot turtles and small fish species who live there. The dive site is accessible all year long.
This site is very easy but divers should be experienced and have a very good control of their buoyancy in order not to damage this precious coral garden.
In front of the harbour entry of the isolated island Fuvahmulah we dive with a local dive centre the Tiger Zoo. Sometimes 15 or more different Tiger sharks come up from the drop off.
South Plateau Fuvahmulah
It´s sometimes a challenging dive in the blue depending on the currents. Everything can happen from Tiger sharks, Hammerheads, Whale sharks etc.
North Plateau Fuvahmulah
Explore the beautyful and intact coral life of Fuvahmulah.
Addu Manta Point:
This outstanding dive site is part of Maa Kandu, but is often dived specifically to see manta rays who gather at this cleaning station for a few hours in the morning, when the incoming current makes conditions just right for these majestic creatures. The cleaning station is at 20m and there are strong currents, we require our divers to use a reefhook.
British Loyalty Wreck:
The British Loyalty, an oil tanker used to supply Gan, was torpedoed in 1944 by the German submarine U-183. The wreck lies in 33m of water with its port side about 16m below the surface; it has a good covering of soft corals. Many small stuff like nudi´s and ghost pipe fish. Turtles, trevally and many reef fish inhabit the encrusted decks, making it a fascinating place to dive.
Beautyful and intact coral life. Open ocean, everything is possible. Often we can encounter oceanic manta rays.