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Best Diving Sites in Maldives – Undersea Treasures for the Diver

The Maldives has secured a reputation as a premier environment for diving enthusiasts. In the waters of the Maldives, you will find a number of outstanding dive sites, like those below.

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Maaya Thila

The well-known Maaya Thila is a greatly esteemed dive site in the Maldives. This popular diving location which is equally attractive in the daytime, as well as the night-time, offers many attractions for divers. The pinnacle that you will encounter at this site extends from 20 feet to a depth of 100 feet and acts as a home for a host of marine creatures. Here you will have the opportunity to observe reef sharks, giant trevally, nurse sharks, barracuda, stingrays and more. This dive site is even more attractive at night, when a mesmerising array of sea creatures emerges to feed here.

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Sun Island

The waters of the Maldives have acquired a reputation as an excellent place to swim in proximity to whale sharks. One of the finest locations in the islands to encounter whale sharks would be Sun Island, where these giant fish can often be spotted. You will see that Sun Island's southern coast opens out to the ocean and features a plateau which makes it easy to observe the numerous whale sharks which regularly swim by. For the best opportunity to view whale sharks, visitors should head out to Sun Island in the week preceding a full moon, when these creatures can often be spotted. Often at Sun Island scuba divers and snorkelers alike will have the opportunity to swim with whale sharks.

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Broken Rock

The renowned Broken Rock can be ranked amongst the most readily recognisable dive sites to be found at South Ari Atoll. This location has earned its name due to the fact that there is a canyon here which separates the pinnacle into two separate sections. Skilled divers will have the opportunity to make their way through this huge canyon, whilst admiring the coral formations and sea fans which line the walls of the canyon. However divers should keep in mind that immense buoyancy will be required for this dive as the ocean currents within the canyon may be unpredictable.

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Five Rocks

The distinctive dive site known as Five Rocks is sure to capture the imagination of the discerning diver. You will see that Five Rocks features a pinnacle which has been segmented into five distinct sections over the course of millennia. You will see that the immense rocks at this site extend from a depth of 40 feet to a maximum depth of 130 feet at the ocean floor. At this site regular ocean currents and an array of overhangs create an excellent environment for colourful corals, reef sharks and a selection of interesting reef fish. As you experience these splendid dive sites a choice of accommodation that you can consider would be Maldives five star resorts that offer diving excursions as well such as Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort.

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Fish Head

This well-reputed dive location is situated a considerable distance away from land. Also sometimes referred to as Shark Point, this site has the reputation of being one of the finest locations in the Maldives at which to encounter sharks. You will see that the modestly sized pinnacle to be found here extends to a depth of 120 feet and boasts an array of overhangs and caves. Divers will be enthralled by the numerous sharks which can be found at this remarkable dive location. As many as sixteen reef sharks may be spotted here on a dive, often flitting about at unnerving speed.