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Top Dive Sites in the Maldives – Underwater Discoveries

The alluring Maldives Islands offer many attractions for diving enthusiasts. In the waters of the islands you will find a number of outstanding dive sites that will enthral the diver, as listed below.

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Fotteyo Kandu

A highly regarded dive location that greatly rewards the diver, this appealing site offers many features of interest for the enthusiast. At this location you will find luxuriant coral formations including soft yellow corals as well as unusual black corals. Marine creatures that you will come across at this dive location include reef sharks, tuna and jacks in addition to large numbers of snappers. Divers will also be captivated by the numerous overhangs, caves and swim-through features that this site boasts. Fotteyo Kandu has created a reputation for itself as one of the finest diving locations in the Maldives.

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Kuredu Express

This is another well-known dive site that will entice the diving aficionado. This location gains its name due to the powerful currents which are sometimes found here. An attractive natural formation here is the numerous terraces at one of the corners of the reef, which are an excellent place to pause and admire the splendid scene unfolding around you. At this location you will encounter eagle rays, reef sharks, stingrays, barracuda and napoleons, as well as a vast number of jackfish. Divers will also come across two expansive bays where they will find an extent of colourful soft corals and an abundance of humpback snappers as well as butterfly fish.

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Kandooma Thila

Your experience at this site will depend on the actual strength of the currents flowing through it. When the current is moderate this location can be regarded as one of the finest in the islands. A prominent feature at this dive site is the numerous gray reef sharks which frequent almost the entire area. The site’s pinnacle, or thila, extends for about 400 m and near its south-western corner you will find a number of overhangs where you will come across trumpet fish, snappers and sharks. As the local current can be surprising even for the most seasoned guides, it will make a lot of sense to add a number of stops in secure locations to your dive.

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Kuda Giri

Kuda Giri, an attractive wreck that will enthral the curious diver, may be reached by swimming to the location from the nearby reef. The wreck is a remarkable sight, coated with hard as well as soft corals, and featuring creatures like glass fish, Napoleon wrasse and lobsters hiding within its depths. Other marine denizens that you will find here include frog fish, lion fish, stone fish and leaf fish. The local reef is an attraction as well, featuring many swim-throughs and overhangs in addition to many marine creatures. As you enjoy these Maldives attractions a discerning choice in accommodation would be the PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi, a quality resort that offers many convenient amenities.

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Broken Rock

This is a renowned dive site which features a distinctive appearance with a large canyon separating the reef into two sections. As you swim through this picturesque canyon you will notice an array of fan corals attached to its walls. Broken Rock also contains a host of marine creatures such as turtles, Napoleon wrasse, scorpion fish and moray eels. You will also find a great deal of soft corals at this site which create an enthralling sight for the diver. This is a diving location that constantly provides something new for the enthusiast.