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Top 05 Dive Sites in Maldives- Top spots for taking the plunge

Scuba divers rejoice while on holiday in Maldives given that the island is one of the best places in world to dive with its gorgeous sandy beaches, clear waters and perfect temperatures all year.


Maaya Thila

When it comes to diving in Maldives, this is a destination that is the most famous. Located in northern Ari Atoll, Maaya Thila is a sheltered area where you can find all kinds of marine life. There's angelfish, clownfish, barracuda and parrotfish. While exploring the magnificence of many different types of aquatic life, you can also glimpse beautiful sights of coral upon the beach and seabed. That's not all. The diving site also has many ridges of coral, not to mention deep caves that are just waiting for thrill-seeking tourists looking for adventure. There are also white-tip and grey reef sharks which roam the waters frequently so tourists are advised to check out the site when the current is not too strong since the shallower the water, the greater chance of sharks. Accommodation for diving enthusiasts is provided by resorts in northern Ari like Kuramathi Island Resort which offer various watersports activities.


Fesdhoo Wreck

Fesdhoo is a diving site that doesn't just offer you the usual sights underwater. This is your chance to see a shipwreck under the sea. This a rather popular diving site in the island that is located on the South of the Fesdhoo Island. You will have to dwell 29 metres below the surface of the sea to actually see the wreck which is lying flat on the seabed. It is rather a fascinating sight; the outside of the ship is basically a layer of starfish, coral and sponges and if you had an underwater camera, a few snaps to take home with you would be ideal since this isn't something you see every day. This is as close to the scene from Titanic as you're going to get. There is some incredible aquatic life here like moray eels and lionfish, not to mention the more dangerous reef sharks and hammerheads.


Banana Reef

Banana Reef gets its name from the simple fact that the diving site looks like a banana when viewed from the top. Travellers make their way to northern Male Atoll to experience diving from here and diving in Banana Reef is one of many adventures which includes cave exploration, coral exploration and even taking a closer look at the overhangs in the landscape. You can dive as shallow as 5 metres and as deep as thirty metres and many fishes like fusilier and bannerfish await you underwater including the more exotic ones like sharks and morays. It is better to dive here when the currents are soft otherwise you may be at risk of some strong underwater currents.


Dhevana Kandu

Located in South Ali Mathaa at Felidhe Atoll is yet another protected site for diving many tourists like visiting. Dhevana Kandu is the choice of many divers given its stunning coral and the incredible underwater world. Down below, you can find several different types of reef fish like pufferfish, lizardfish and angelfish. Caves and overhangs skirt the borders of the reef and divers may be able to see sharks and rays from the reef here. This place is filled with an amazing ambience above and below water, and is perfect for shark-spotting.

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