Diving the Northern Atolls
The Northern Atolls of the Maldives are a bit hit and miss for coral coverage. With areas that are full of healthy hard coral gardens to sectors that are average at best. With a great variety of fish and not as many divers as the Central atolls, this part of the Maldives is still a great diving destination. Baa Atoll is one of the better places to dive with manta rays in the Maldives. Many sharks encounter you will not have here apart from grey reef sharks at the Noonu Atoll.
Diving the Northern Atolls is possible all year apart for the month of June. in the months December till May you will have the calm seas and beautiful weather whereas July until November is more the monsoon season where you can expect rain. From August until November is the best time to visit the Northern Atolls where you can see the mantas and whale sharks in plenty feeding from the plankton. The water temperature is 27 to 30°C for most divers a 3mm Shorty would be fine to stay warm during your dive.
How to get to there
The Northern Atolls are around 400 km North from the capital Male. It includes 8 Atolls Baa, haviyani, Raa, Noonu, Shaviyani, Maamakhundo, Haa Dhaalu and Haa Alifu. The most South of these Atolls is Baa Atoll and is a Unesco world biosphere reserve.
Haa Alifu is the most Northern Atoll and has 43 islands 14 of which are inhabitant. Because of the distance from Male to here, there is far less tourist coming then Atolls closer to the capital.
Some liveaboards leave from Male and slowly make their way to the Northern Atolls stopping at several dive sites on the way. After that, you take a domestic flight back to Male. Other trips will stay the full cruise in the Northern Atolls where you have to take a domestic return flight from Male. Check the liveaboards or send us an e-mail for more information.