THE SOUTH MALE ATOLL IS DOTTED WITH LUSH EMERALD ISLES IN CRYSTAL CLEAR OCEANS. IT FEATURES A GREAT NUMBER OF DIVE SITES WITH CAVES, WRECKS AND WICKED DRIFTS
The Maldives has some of the best coral reefs in the world, the abundance of marine life across the country makes the islands nation the world's best scuba diving destination. Kaafu Atoll has some of the most astonishing diving points in Maldives.
WHAT TO SEE
You will spot moray eels, lion fish, squirrel fish ad soft coral here with schooling trevallies and patrolling sharks. Seasonal Pelagics are mantas, sharks, turtles and the frequent whale sharks. Featuring wild drifts in deep channels, wrecks and caves, the South Male Atoll is home to large pelagics and interesting environs. On the eastern side, there are six channels that feed all sorts of marine life into the atoll’s dive sites. Cocoa Thila, often cited as one of the best dive sites in the Maldives, is a large pinnacle on the eastern edge of the atoll. The currents bring in all manner of marine life. Sightings in the area include schools of fusiliers, sweetlips, red snapper, trevally, eagle rays, white sharks and grey sharks. Vadhoo Caves, on the northern side of the atoll, is home to a series of caves in which to escape the powerful current. As you gaze out into the blue, you might glimpse reef sharks, eagle rays or tuna frollicking in the current. While these may be two of the best dive sites in the area, there are plenty more to explore like Kandooma Caves, Cocoa Corner, Kandooma Thila, Guraidhoo Corner and Medhufaru. Expect to find something for everyone although most of the sites cater to intermediate and advanced divers.
Most of the marine life in the South Male Atoll is of the larger variety due to the strong currents that favor the area. It is here that divers spot eagle rays, turtles, grey sharks, reef sharks, mantas, whalesharks, schools of fusiliers, barracuda, trevally and even hammerhead sharks (from May to November). To the delight of divers, anemones, shrimp, lionfish, squirrelfish, soldierfish, unicorn fish, morays and batfish are commonly spotted. Wherever you dive, the wild ride known as the South Male Atoll is sure to give you at least one “wow” moment.
The diving center is located directly on Guraidhoo´s harbor with short distances to the daily boat trips and a 2 minutes walk from Medhufaru Inn Guesthouse Surf & Dive.
We always choose the best possible place, depending on the current and experience of our divers. Whether Meedhu Faru, Kandooma Thila or Guraidhoo Corner, turtles, great Napoleons, many sharks, dolphins or mantas - there is everything to see here. Every dive always has something special here. In 10 minutes we are in the most spectacular channels of the Maldives. Guraidhoo´s mantapoint is right in front of our Dive Center. The diving center offers all courses from beginners to instructor and all speciality courses following the highest standards and newest concepts. Introductory dives are also possible any time.
Diving in the South Male Atoll is possible throughout the year, although sea conditions are usually best during the northeast monsoon from late December to May. The southwest monsoon from June to November brings a greater chance of rain and less calm seas. However, rainfall here occurs less frequently than in the southern atolls of the Maldives. The water temperature in the South Male Atoll ranges from 26 to 29 ° C. Visibility is from 15-30 m all year round, depending on which side of the atoll you are dive in this or that season. Mantas, whale sharks, turtles, reef sharks and hammerhead sharks live in the Maldives all year round; Manta rays congregate in large flocks during the southwest monsoon, from August to November is the best time to see them. For other pelagics, sightings depends on nonseasonal factors: whale sharks are more often found during strong tides, while hammerhead sharks rise from the depths in shallow waters at sunrise.
Medhufaru Inn Guesthouse Surf & Dive is looking forward to welcome you!