With over 17 years' experience of organising diving holidays worldwide,
the Maldives Diving share your passion for diving.
The Maldives Islands are a paradise for Scuba Diving holidaymakers
and a mecca for marine biologists. A majority of the Maldives islands
resorts have diving schools and offer you the service of professional
diving instructors. There are numerous diving sites throughout the
country. Some are ranked among the best in the world. The Ministry
of Tourism and your resort itself would be able to give you detailed
information on location (including maps), life forms, information
on safety and environmental protection and special information on
unique sites such as shipwrecks to make your Scuba Diving Holiday
in Maldives a memorable one.
Popular Maldives Scuba Diving Sites
Listed below are some of the best scuba diving sites in the Maldives
Wreck of the Maldives Victory (Ship Wreck)
In the early morning hours of 13 February 1981, a Friday, this 35,000-ton
freighter ran at full speed onto the southern tip of the island
of Hulule - the airport island near the Capital. Panic spread through
the island when it became known that the long-awaited foodstuffs
and building materials were lying on the bottom of the ocean.
Shaped like a banana, this reef stretches from North-East to South
over a length of some three hundred meters. Nearby resort islands
include Fullmoon Island, Club Med and Kurumba. Ever since scuba
divers began to dive in this part of the North-Male' Atoll, twenty
years ago, Banana Reef has remained an ideal spot. A favourable
feature is that since the fish show absolutely no fear of photographers
on this reef, one can take excellent shots. However, together with
the strong current and the fragile reef it makes anchoring your
boat not always an easy task. You are requested to be careful not
to damage the fragile reef when anchoring your boat.
As the name suggests, encountering and observing sharks at this
point is a frequent and regular happening. They swim to and from
at the end of the channel where the currents are strongest. Friendly
Gray reef sharks and whitetip reef sharks are those most likely
to approach the divers.
Barracuda Giri lies in the North Male' Atoll, North - Northeast
of Bandos Island Resort and South -Southeast of Thulhagiri Island.
Barracuda Giri boasts some truly spectacular dives. Life forms include
large schools of black spotted sweetlips, schools of large batfish,
black coral, barracuda etc.
Manta Point, which lies in the northern section of the channel leading
out of the Ari Atoll, is - as the name suggests - an ideal place
for close encounters with Mantas Rays. From December until the middle
of April, the Mantas are regulars at this site, the topography and
the location of the site making it an ideal habitat for all species
of fish that live on plankton.