Meet & greet at the airport. Group transfer to the port. Onboarding, meeting the crew & briefing.
Lankan Beyru (Manta Point) *
The outer reef of the Paradise Island resort, not far from the airport island. The main attraction of the site is manta rays coming to the cleaning station during the southwest monsoon. The dive site is relatively easy to access, with small currents and is often considered an excellent dive to start the week. The cleaning station itself is a large coral block covered with anemones and full of fish life. It is also very common to come across whitetip reef sharks, turtles, and napoleons.
Rasfari Corner *
Large and shallow plateau (3-5 meters) on the west side of the atoll, right next to the vast lagoon of Rasfari. It is covered with hard corals and hosts a cleaning station during the northeast monsoon. The most common way to dive here is to start on top of the reef, which is protected from the currents, and after spending some time with the mantas, continue the dive towards the wall that drops down to about 25 meters. The wall is nicely covered with hard corals, rich with fish life, and popular with turtles.
SOUTH MALE ATOLL
Kandooma Thila ***
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 the incoming and outgoing current. The Northside 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
Rasdhoo Madivaru ***
Channel dive between Rasdhoo island and Madivaru offering a spectacular ridge facing the ocean to observe grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays, and large dogtooth tunas. More pelagics are visible during strong incoming currents; the use of current hooks is advisable. The ridge dropping down to 50+ meters on the outside expands to a sandy bottom inside the channel, where it is common to see stingrays.
If dived during the sun’s first rays, with incoming current and a bit of luck, it is possible to encounter hammerhead sharks. In this case, the dive starts in the blue. Depending on the air consumption and no-deco time, we continue the dive on the ridge and then drift into the channel.
NORTH ARI ATOLL
Maaya Thila **
The thila (a pinnacle) is about 80 meters wide in diameter and is considered one of the Maldives’ best night dives. The top reef at 5 meters makes it easy to access even with strong currents. The upcurrent side is always very active and busy with fusiliers and snappers. Big jackfish, whitetip reef sharks, stingrays, and moray eels can be spotted easily. Some overhangs around the thila provide shelter for turtles. Even though it has a reputation for a night dive, it is also quite popular during the day. A few separated coral blocks south of the thila create a tunnel full of beautiful coral bushes. With the right current, this is a place to spot grey reef sharks as well.
Fish Head **
One of the major attractions of the atoll cannot be missed. Due to its exposure to the currents, it offers a rich presence of fauna and flora. Big schools of jacks and fusiliers on the upcurrent side and difficult to count the amount of blue-striped snappers hiding from strong currents inside the overhangs all around the thila are the highlights the place. It is also popular with grey reef sharks, schools of barracudas and dogtooth tunas in the blue, and turtles and moray eels on the top reef. With strong currents, negative entry is recommended, and current hooks should be ready to use.
Bathalaamaagaa Kanthila ***
A long coral ridge in the middle of a channel extended from the outer reef and sloping gradually down to 25 meters and deeper, offering good conditions for observing grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays, and napoleons, as well as schools of jacks and fusiliers. The dive site is active during incoming and outgoing currents but might be more challenging during the northeast monsoon’s outgoing currents. Negative entry is required, and divers are recommended to hide below the top reef’s depth to protect from the current. Current hooks are strongly recommended.
SOUTH ARI ATOLL
Moofushi Kandu (Manta Point) **
Drift dive with a chance to spot manta rays hovering over the cleaning station at a depth of around 14 to 25 meters. If mantas are spotted, it is recommended to use current hooks and stay around the cleaning station for a longer time. The dive site is relatively popular during the northeast monsoon and sometimes might be overcrowded with divers. Whitetip reef sharks are familiar visitors around the cleaning station’s deeper part, with blue striped snappers and fusiliers being permanent residents.
Kudarah Thila ***
The thila is a part of a Marine Protected Area and is often considered the most beautiful site of the atoll with exceptional diving conditions. Overhangs rich in sea fans and the top reef nicely covered with healthy soft corals are the highlights. It is also known for big schools of blue striped and midnight snappers, fusiliers, and jacks. It is worth to have a torch and look inside small caves where often you will find big groupers hiding. The water entry might be challenging due to its exposure to strong currents, and with the top reef at 15 meters, negative entry is recommended. The use of current hooks might be required if the current is strong.
Kudhimaa Wreck **
50 Meters long cargo ship lying on a sandy bottom at around 30 meters depth, right next to a resort island called Machchafushi. It was sunk in 1998 and already offered good coral growth and many species living on it. Nurse sharks, batfish, stonefish, lionfish, and moray eels are permanent residents and can be spotted around the wreck. A few entrances are allowing to penetrate the cargo hall as well as the wheelhouse. The site is nicely protected from the current, so the only concern will be no-deco time as you will spend most of the time below 20 meters.
Maamigili Beyru (Whaleshark search) *
Located on the southern tip of Ari atoll within the Marine Protected Area of South Ari atoll. A shallow and very easy dive might turn into a fascinating one as it is known as the best location in the Maldives for spotting the biggest fish in the world. Whale sharks can be seen cruising along the reef all year round. Most of the boats look for them from the surface. Once spotted, divers enter the water, go down and start swimming along with them. The code of conduct for whale shark encounters must be followed and is always discussed during the briefing.
Miyaru Kandu ***
One of the channels dives that you don’t want to miss. With strong incoming current, the list of possible encounters is impressive. Mainly grey reef sharks and 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 offers worse visibility, but the sharks are still there. The site is not recommended for beginners, negative entry is often required, and a current hook must avoid causing unnecessary damage to the reef. Most o the time, you will spend at a 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, a show is performed by a large 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. Not to be missed.
Check-out from the yacht and transfer to the airport.
Marine life: Divers will be astonished by the variety of marine life, from nudibranchs and eels, through schools of reef fish, eagle rays, sharks, and turtles to manta rays and whale sharks.