The holiday rush to Maldives never really showed a downward trend as the number keeps growing year after year. Vacationers love the island nation for everything it has on offer but they especially love to explore the sea with scuba diving. So, let highlight some of the best dive sites that the country boasts of and is visited by vacationers for ultimate underwater experience;
One of the largest atolls in Maldives and located in the western part, Ari Atoll has numerous diving hotspots to its credit. Let’s highlight one of the best in the business;
Broken Rock – The famous dive site has received the name from a large broken rock that sits at the centre of this dive site. Its soft and hard coral formations attract variety of reef as well as divers. Currents can be strong sometimes and depth can vary from 40 to 100 feet. One can easily find trigger fish, moray eels and napoleon wrasse in the Broken Rock area.
Gangehi Kandu – If you have planned holidays in Maldives to dive and see gray reef, white tip reef and leopard sharks, then, this is the place you have to come. The dive sight located in northern part of the Ari Atoll is however suggested to scuba divers with experience because of the strong currents and bigger sea creatures. The diving sight is also known for moray eels, mantis shrimp and trigger fish. Corals on the other hand are quite colorful.
Maaya Thila – The famous diving spot is known for daytime as well as night-time scuba diving. Current plays a crucial role in determining what kind of divers will be active in the diving area. When currents are strong, safety balloon is a must for divers of all types. While white tip reef sharks can be seen any time of the day, nocturnal visits will bring sightings of moray eels, turtles, octopus and stonefish. A good diving travel guide Maldives will certain highlight Maaya Thila.
The atoll is normally divided into north & south sections, and both have their own share of marvels for the diving community. The area is also loved for scuba diving liveaboard related adventures. Let focus on some of the best dives sites in the area;
Cocoa Corner – Located in southern Male Atoll and also known by the name, Cocoa Thila, this dive sight offers the best shark show in Male Atoll. Eagle Rays, Jack Fish and Grey Reef Sharks are a common sight. In Cocoa Corner, safety balloon is strongly suggested.
Guraidhoo Kandu South – This diving site comes with strong currents and thus is appropriate for experienced divers. Underwater turbulence has been noticed in the area and thus divers have to be cautious. Currents are strong enough to pull a diver from the reef.
These are the dive sites that professional divers and underwater photographers are in love with.
So, if you are heading for a diving experience, plan your stay and make reservations in luxury holiday resorts that are near to such wonderful underwater locations.
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