We have a total of 27 dive sites for all experience levels. want to dive with manta rays? Possible! Want to dive with sharks? Many of them available in Maakandu channel! Want to gaze at coral gardens? Let us know! Want to see turtles? Also possible! You really like tiny pipefish! We will show you!
- Demon Point
Outside reef. Located on the NW corner of the atoll. The reef features mainly a gentle slope to 30+ meters with steep parts in between. It has beautiful coral all over and due to the location even large pelagics can be seen in the blue. Large swells and strong currents can be present.
- Gulda La Magu
Outside reef. Wall dive. Located just below the NW corner of the atoll. The reef drops almost vertically from the top at 5m to 30+m. Very nice coral formations with sandy patches in between. With some current it is possible to combine this dive site with Bodu Hoholha.
- Bodu Hoholha
Outside reef. Wall dive. Located in the NW of the atoll. Good to dive at all depths. The top reef at 5-8m features a beautiful coral garden. From there it drops steeply to unknown depths. The wall is full of beautiful gorgonians and covered in blue soft corals. There are also massive caves that are big enough to enter. Chunky green turtles and a curious school of batfish is almost always present.
- Kuda Hoholha
Outside reef. Located in the NW just below Bodu Hoholha below a man made channel used by local fisher men. Steep drop off from 6 to 30+++m. Nice caves and overhangs at around 25m. Some huge caves starting at 28m. On the wall purple gorgonians, towards the south a steep slope with healthy coral gardens.
- Umaru’s Place
Outside reef. Located just below Kuda Hoholha. Drift dive along a wall. Long and beautiful reef which starts at 5m and drops to 30+m. Staircase like coral formations in places and large coral blocks. In between gorgeous coral gardens featuring soft and hard corals. Look for small creatures but always have an eye in the blue for manta rays and sailfish.
- Kuda Kandu BeyruOutside reef. Located west of the Kuda Kandu channel mouth. Amazing dive site with a huge abundance of stunning hard coral gardens. The reef slopes from the top at 6m to 20m and drops of from there to the deep. Current is usually not much of a consideration.
- Kuda Kandu Kan
One of our best! Channel dive site located on the corner of Kuda Kandu. Only one small patch of rubble interrupts massive coral formations of table, mushroom, brain, cone and many other corals along a steep slope to 25m. The channel itself features a sandy slope with coral blocks from 8-22m. Usually more schooling fish than anywhere else and many grey reef sharks in the channel mouth.
- Fihali Faru
Located on the inside of the channel entrance of Kuda Kandu. Can be subject to strong currents and therefore best dived on a slack or incoming current. The top reef mainly features rock formations. Along the reef wall large coral blocks where sometimes sleeping nurse sharks can be found. Best to dive in between 15 and 25m.
Located on the inside of the channel entrance of Kuda Kandu east of Fihali Faru. Best to be dived with little current as the dive site is quite small. The channel part is covered in green finger like plants and fan corals. Further south in between 2 and 10 meters and on the corner to the inside reef dense table coral formations and a lot of schooling fish.
- Bushy West Channel
One of our highlights! Located on the western corner of Kuda Kandu channel. An awesome drift dive on an incoming current from Bushy Beyru into the channel. The reef features some of the nicest and most colorful coral gardens the atoll (and the Maldives) have on offer. In the channel a steep drop to 30m. Outside a gentler slope which at about 25 meters drops off very, very deep. At the corner look for sharks and rays. Turtles and napoleons are present all over the reef.
- Bushy Beyru
Outside reef. Beautiful dive site in the north behind the little island called Bushy. Top reef at around 5-8m, slopes down to 30m. The reef is covered in unbelievable coral masses and features an abundance in reef life. Towards the east a few patches of rubble but watch out for mantas heading in and out of the channel. There is macro life. However, this is hard to find because the eyes are too stunned by all the corals.
- Bushy East Channel
Located on the eastern corner of Maakandu channel. Usually done as a drift dive. Possible on both incoming and outgoing current. The inside of the channel features a sandy slope from 5-25m with nice coral blocks. At the corner the reef flattens out at around 22m and is fully covered in healthy hard coral fields with an abundance of reef fish. Around the corner a steep drop and some areas of sand. Watch out for mantas heading in and out of the channel.
- Mudakan Manta Point
It does not get better! Located in Maakandu channel. Best to be dived on incoming current (sometimes very strong!) starting on the eastern corner of the channel. Once inside, the reef features a year round manta point in between 19-25m. Of course not guaranteed but up to 30 animals have been seen here. With strong currents hold on to something (or use a reef hook) and stay clear of the block. Don’t touch or chase mantas. They will come close to you. Very close! If the mantas are not there you will have the pleasure of enjoying the company of up to 30 odd napoleons of all sizes.
- Maakandu Beyru
Located in the NE. Outside reef. Easy wall dive not usually affected by strong currents. Top reef starts at 5-8m and slopes gradually to 30+m. On the wall and in the corner gorgeous and healthy coral gardens that make eyes tear with joy. Huge coral formations further up and massive gorgonians further down. Have an eye in the blue for rays and sharks passing by.
- Ismaheelaa Beyru
Located in the NE. Outside reef. Another interesting drift dive site which can have current and usually awesome visibility. The top reef is at around 5-8m; gradually slopes down to 30m and far beyond. Good coral coverage from top to bottom. Check underneath the large coral blocks for nurse sharks and have an eye in the blue for large pelagic.
- Meedhoo Beyru
Located in the NE corner of the atoll. Dramatic reef which is best dived deep with a good chance for seeing large pelagic and occasionally manta rays. Large overhangs on both sides of the corner in between 15 and 30m. Many anemones and large gorgonians.
- Hulhudhoo Beyru
Located in the east of the atoll. Nice drift dive along a wall ranging from 6-35m. On the sandy bottom often whitetip reef sharks and sting rays. In between the hard corals sometimes nurse sharks. Top reef not very interesting because it was affected by coral bleaching of 1998. The deep is a lot nicer with a variety of corals.
- Mulikede Beyru
Located in the SE of the atoll. Formerly known as manta point (for a reason) but Mudakan took over that claim. The reef features a lovely top reef between 5-12m with beautiful table corals and an abundance of marine life. A nice vertical wall from 10 to 28 meters with lots of overhangs, covered by soft corals and gorgonians. The historical values of this dive site are the left overs of anti-submarine nets across the channel during WWII.
- Banana Reef
Located inside Villingili channel. This is a perfect nice-n-easy dive site not too far away and is suitable for every level of diver. It’s not a large dive site and the best part is located on the NE side. A sandy slope takes you to a healthy coral garden that drops down to about 27m. Due to its size the best way to dive it is in a zig-zag fashion starting deep.
- Kahanbu Faru
Located on the SW outer reef. Usually done as a drift dive. Reef gently slopes from 5-30m. A non-spectacular top reef but an outstanding amount of sea turtles (others call it Turtle Point). Reef sharks and batfish can also be found very often. Watch out for macro life and schooling fish.
- British Loyalty
Inner atoll in front of Hithadhoo. The wreck of the British Loyalty is about 135m long and lies on its starboard in about 12-33m of water. The Loyalty was torpedoed twice during WWII which is still obvious. There’s two big holes: one on the deck side and one in the keel where you can see straight through. At the stern we find the propeller at about 28m and three of the four, two meter long blades can still be seen and are covered in corals.
- Koattey Beyru
Located in the NW corner of the atoll. The north side of the reef starts at about 8m, then gently drops down to around 18m and deeper as you get closer to the corner. The west side slopes down from 8m to around 30m where you can find huge fan corals, then drops down rather steeply to ‘very deep’. Currents can sometimes be strong here and especially around the corner be careful not to get dragged away from the reef.
- Sandra Tila
Inner atoll in front of Hulhumeedhu. Easy dive site sheltered from currents and waves. It consists of a large plateau with two tilas on top, the larger one of the two almost reaches the surface, the smaller starts at around 8m. On all sides it gently slopes down to a sandy bottom at around 30m. It used to be the site where the resort dumped the food leftovers and the sharks quickly figured that out.
Located in the northern inside atoll. Top reef starts at 2 meters and is covered by staghorn coral with many colorful reef fish and turtles. This part is also used by the resort as a snorkeling point. What the snorkelers usually don’t see is a gentle slope to 16 meters with sandy patches and coral fields alike. What they for sure don’t see are the sleeping nurse sharks which are hiding in outcroppings of the tila 1 (13-20m) or underneath coral blocks.
- Fen Muli
Next stop Africa. This dive site is located on the western tip of Addu and is sometimes exposed to strong currents which give it an abundance of marine life including many pelagic. The top reef starts at about 10m then slopes down to 30m then 40m before dropping down to ‘very deep’. Because of its location on the outer reef, keep an eye out for sharks, rays, jack fish, tuna and pelagic fish. Also groups of humphead parrot fish can be seen here around full moon. The coral life: Spectacular!!!
- Muli Inside
Muli Inside is a large reef and mostly a current free dive on the SE inside of the atolls outer reef. It features a shallow sandy lagoon and then slopes down to around 25m. The shallow part consists of a massive coral garden with a wide variety of corals and coral blocks mainly on sandy bottom. Plenty of spaces for marine life to hide.
- Maakandu ChannelThis is the larger of the two channels in the north. A proper channel dive for current junkies and shark lovers! The dive starts either on the main reef and then takes you into the channel or with a good incoming current it’s a blue water drop straight down to the outer reef edge at about 30m where you’ll find most of the action. As with most channels, this is where the ‘big stuff’ likes to hang out. Groups of up to 30+ grey reef sharks can be seen, tunas, napoleons, eagle rays and maybe even a pelagic surprise.
There is still unexplored territory out there so this list of dive sites is by far not final. Fancy an exploratory dive? We are fully supporting it! Join the FUN!