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Maldives Dive Sites - What to expect on your diving expedition in the Maldives

Diving is a popular activity where you can witness first-hand the marine life in its natural habitat. To have the best diving experience, there is no other place which is proud of its magnificent dive sites than the Maldives. Here, you'll be able to watch some fascinating creatures which include the great sharks, manta rays and other vivid fish species.


Maaya Thila

The Maaya Thila is ranked as the best dive site in the Maldives, and this is a must go! This pinnacle ranges from about 6 meters to 30 meters and boasts of some fantastic marine life including the trevally, reef sharks, stingrays, and nurse sharks. This dive site can be explored both day or night. Most tourists rave about night time diving at this site as you'll be encircled by a school as soon as you jump into the waters. The dive site is suitable for both intermediate and advanced divers and the featured creature to see in this dive site is the Whitetip Reef Sharks. For accommodation, check out some of the Maldives dive resorts the likes of Dhigali Maldives which provide comfortable accommodation and a fine diving experience.


Sun Island

Being one of the finest locations in the ecosphere for hanging out with whale sharks, Maldives attracts a lot of divers from around the globe. At the South Ari Atoll, you'll have to visit the Sun Island for a blissful experience with the whale sharks. With a plateau of 5-10 metres, it is quite easy to locate the whale sharks in these shallow reefs. No prior scuba diving experience is required, so it is perfect for first timers too. The best times to see whale sharks, which is the featured creature at this reef, would be during full moon nights.


Broken Rock

Another amazing dive site at the South Ari Atoll is the Broken Rock. Situated just at the mouth of the Dhigurashu Kandu, the Broken Rock gets its name due to the canyon that split the pinnacle into two. Intermediate levels at diving are required to explore the 50-metre canyon. You'll be amazed by the colourful soft corals and sea fans spread across the walls of the canyon.


Fish Head

If you're especially looking to spot sharks, then look no further, and just head to the North Ari Atoll. In the mid-eastern region of the atoll, you'll find the Fish Head, also known as the Shark Point or Mushimasmingili Thila. This is one of the best dive sites to spot sharks. This pinnacle, which isn't too deep, reaches to about 35 meters. You can spot up to sixteen grey reef sharks at the site in just one dive! Intermediary or Advanced skills in diving are required to explore this site.


Miyaru Kandu

If you want to experience the hammerhead sharks in their natural habitat, then head to the Felidhoo Atoll towards the Miyaru Kandu which is considered the best site for these sharks. The word Miyaru means sharks in the local tongue!

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